Detroit Lions 2021 draft: Instant reactions and grades

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Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Round 4 pick 112: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

Lions fans finally get their receiver. After many fans were vocal in airing their desire to add a wide receiver to the very thin group that is in Detroit right now, they got their wish. With their first pick on day three of the draft, they add Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Named after an Egyptian sun god, and the son of a man who was a two-time Mr. Universe, St. Brown certainly stands out as his father wanted his sons to. St. Brown said that he has been lifting weights since he was just 6 or 7 years old.

Now he comes to Detroit and seems likely to slide into the slot receiver role from as early as day one of training camp. He will certainly see the field a fair amount during his rookie season.

In his three years at USC, he racked up 2,270 receiving yards on 178 receptions. He also found the end zone a total of 17 times, 16 receiving touchdowns, and a single rushing touchdown.

He’s not a burner by any means, but he’s fast enough, with good hands that make him a very consistent receiver. One comparison I saw for St. Brown was Julian Edleman, who as most of you will recall was a very sure-handed and physical slot receiver for the Patriots.

The Lions needed to take a receiver at some point, and they did here. They didn’t reach for a specific guy, instead, they took St. Brown at value. There isn’t much more to it than that, just a solid pick by Brad Holmes.

Grade: B+