It wasn’t a big surprise when the Tennessee Titans selected Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown with the No. 51 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Tennessee’s need for another game changing wide receiver was obvious. Aside from Corey Davis, the Titans didn’t receive much production from the wide receiver position in 2018.
Adding Adam Humphries this off-season will certainly help, but the Titans still needed another threat on the outside. That’s where Brown comes into play.
And oh boy, does it look like he can play.
Brown attended his first rookie mini-camp with the Titans on Saturday and immediately impressed by reeling in a nice one-handed catch.
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) May 11, 2019
Sure, it’s only a mini-camp, and we’ll likely see catches like this all summer long, but I don’t think there’s any doubt that Brown looks like a future stud wide receiver.
In fact, he already looks like a veteran that’s been playing in the NFL for years.
Check out Brown in the bottom left of the photo below.
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— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) May 11, 2019
That doesn’t look like a guy who is going down easy when a cornerback or safety attempts to tackle him.
The Little Things
It’s not just the physique or the impressive catches that Brown has going for him, either. He does the little things as well. According to Titans Online’s Jim Wyatt, Brown was regularly the first wide receiver to line up for drills on Saturday.
Wyatt also mentioned that Brown was the last rookie to leave on Saturday. He stayed behind to work on drills after the other rookies had departed the field.
Brown told reporters after the mini-camp that he wants to show the team that he’s a hard worker, saying “I am just going to come out here and work my tail off”.
Players don’t accumulate over 2,500 receiving yards in two years of SEC play without being a hard worker. But I think it’s clear that Brown’s work ethic is on another level.
Brown has the potential to be a special player in the NFL. He has a unique skill set that includes good body control, catching ability and a tireless work ethic.
If he can keep his focus through the grind of being a rookie, he’ll make a lot of teams upset they passed on the former Ole Miss standout.
And he’ll make Jon Robinson, once again, look like a genius.
Featured image via Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports