2. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown
The Lions happily took St. Brown in the fourth round of the 2021 draft, after 16 other wide receivers were gone. He has outdone a big chunk of those draft peers thus far, including all who were drafted after the first round and a couple who were first-round picks.
For all his pass-catching productivity, St. Brown is also willing to do the dirty work. NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger highlighted it here, from the Week 11 game against the New York Giants. A similar set of clips could surely be put together from a lot of St. Brown’s games.
St. Brown is an ideal combination of skill, work ethic and an intangible example on game day for his teammates–and he’s in his second year. If he’s willing to stick his nose into the fray as a blocker, the Lions other wide receivers can’t offer a good excuse to not try to do the same.
The chip on St. Brown’s shoulder goes 16 wide receivers deep, and he can name each and every one of the guys who were drafted before him. He’s a future building block in Detroit, and Lions’ fans are certainly thankful to have him.