While the full results for USC’s Amon-Ra St. Brown from the school’s pro day on Wednesday have yet to surface, the departing Trojans wide receiver said that he was informed after running the three-cone shuttle that he posted one of the better times of the day for that drill. And perhaps that’s only the latest testament to the former 5-star prospect’s athletic ability, as St. Brown revealed following the drills on Wednesday that he didn’t even practice for the three-cone shuttle before being coerced to give it a try.
“I practiced for all the drills except the three-cone drill,” St. Brown said during an interview with NFL Network. “I got out there and the guy who was running it said ‘just go and compete, and do it.’ I went out and did the three-cone, and they said I had one of the better times.”
Wide receiver Tyler Vaughns, safety Talanoa Hufanga, and offensive tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker were among some of the other names that joined St. Brown in participating at USC’s Pro Day on Wednesday. With the traditional NFL Scouting Combine called off this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pro days are arguably more important than ever as departing stars at schools across the nation look to realize their NFL dreams.
“Definitely really excited for our kids that are entering the NFL draft, and what Wednesday means for them,” Clay Helton told reporters Monday. “Obviously a big day, you know, not getting the normal, typical combine atmosphere that we normally have in Indianapolis in February. These are important dates. And obviously, to be able to have, you know, all 32 teams here and be able to have the NFL Network here … very appreciative.”
In just six games last season, due to the shortened COVID-19 football season, St. Brown finished with 41 catches, 478 yards, seven touchdowns and 11.7 yards per catch. In three seasons with USC (30 games), St. Brown finished his collegiate career with 178 catches, 2,270 yards, 16 touchdowns, 12.8 yards per catch and one rushing touchdown.
As a member of the Class of 2018, St. Brown was a five-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was the No. 1 prospect in the state of California, the No. 2 wide receiver prospect in the class, the No. 11 overall prospect in the class and the No. 208 overall prospect all-time in the ratings system.
Pro Football Focus analyst Austin Gayle broke down St. Brown’s game earlier this offseason.
“So, he’s very different from his brother, like Equanimeous, 6-foot-5, had speed but was more of a contested-catch guy,” Gayle said. “Not super flexible, a little stiff in his routes. Amon-Ra is very different from that. He played almost exclusively out of the slot there at USC, played a little on the outside in the Cal game, one of their wide receivers was hurt. He filled in outside, looked really good there. So he has route-running chops … he’s very advanced for only being a true sophomore last year. The dude can run routes at a high level. Six-foot-one, 195 pounds. I feel like that’s kind of your sweet spot at wide receiver for being versatile, for being able to do anything you want in the passing game nowadays in terms of agility, speed and still remain physical enough at the catch point.
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“I think he has that…I think there are going to be some guys with elite physical tools testing-wise in this draft class, I don’t think he’s going to be one of them, but he’s still very, very capable in that regard. I think right now he’s first-round talent in my eyes.”