Mississippi never gets a ton of credit for the talent that comes out of the state every year, but once again there is some high level talent that can be difference makers at the college level. Included in that group this year are two big time wide receivers, Dekaylin Metcalf and A.J. Brown.
Like Metcalf, Brown is a big target on the outside. He is built like a linebacker and is going to be a difficult player for any defensive back to tackle after he gets the ball in his hands.
Brown has outstanding size and is a true mismatch against any corner. He has great speed for how big he is as well, but for some reason he does not have the hops that a lot of others do. He had only a 27 inch vertical at The Opening, which doesn’t fit with his other athletic numbers. Even without that, he is still a plus athlete at the position.
Brown is a natural hands catcher that does a nice job of snatching the football away from his body. This is one thing that helps him be such a good player after the catch. He has the top end speed and burst to turns short plays into big gains. He can create big plays whenever he touches the football.
He does an outstanding job of adjusting to the football when it’s in the air and can come down with difficult catches. He judges the ball really well over his shoulder. He is a below the rim player, and may be a below the rim athlete, but does a nice job of using his body to box out and gain position to win 50/50 footballs.
He physically overwhelmed many cornerbacks who had to cover him one on one at The Opening and should be able to do that a lot at the college level. If he becomes a great route runner, he is going to be extremely tough to cover.
Brown is not purely an outside receiver at the next level. He should be able to line up all over the formation.
Brown has number one receiver potential at the college level and should be able to play immediately when he gets on campus as a freshman.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)