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Lions draft WR Amon-Ra St. Brown with No. 112 pick

USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown goes to the Lions with the 112 pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Amon-Ra St. Brown #8 of the USC Trojans eludes the tackle of Halid Djibril #42 of the Washington State Cougars on a punt return during the first half of a game at Los Angeles Coliseum on December 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions went to the wide receiver position with the No. 112 pick overall as they selected former USC Trojans pass catcher Amon-Ra St. Brown. He had an extremely productive college football career, and the talented wideout has a chance to continue that success to the professional level.

St. Brown caught 60 passes as a freshman and increased his numbers in 2019. With a shortened 2020 season for USC, he played in six games and caught 41 passes for 478 yards with seven touchdowns.

Scouting Report

St. Brown has solid attributes that will likely translate for him to play as a slot receiver in the NFL, though he played on both the inside and outside in college. He displayed skills as an above average route runner at USC, which is crucial for a player who did not appear to have the size and speed to beat defenders that way. Regardless, St. Brown can position himself to be a starter early in his career.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

The Lions finally addressed their wide receiver position with the selection of Amon-Ra St. Brown. The former USC standout should see a lot of playing time as the Lions’ top-2 wideouts are Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. St. Brown doesn’t have top-tier speed, but is a good route runner, which will help him in the slot. The 5-foot-11 wideout should be a WR2/FLEX play in fantasy football.

Long-term

St. Brown could become one of the Lions’ best wide receivers in a year or two. With both Williams and Perriman on one-year deals, the former Trojans standout could really make in roads as the team’s top wide receiver. Despite not being able to generate separation, he could be a slot machine and be a WR2 in fantasy football.