General manager Jon Robinson and the Tennessee Titans selected former Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown (6-0, 226) with the 51st overall pick in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville.
Here are some highlights from the former Ole Miss standout.
The Titans had Brown in town for one of the team’s Top 30 visits. At the NFL Combine, Brown ran a 4.49 40-yard dash, had 19 reps on the bench press, a 36.5 inch vertical jump and a 120 inch broad jump.
The 6-foot, 226 pound pass catcher just wrapped up a stellar career at Ole Miss where he really showed his potential the last two years during his sophomore and junior season. In 2017, Brown was able to total 75 catches for 1,252 yards and eleven touchdowns. He followed that up last season with an 85 catch campaign to go along with 1,320 yards and six scores. Brown set an Ole Miss season single record with his 1,320 yards receiving. A record he had previously set in 2017 with 1,252 yards receiving. Brown was named to the All-SEC first team last season and in 2017.
By many accounts, the Titans got a steal when Brown fell them at the 51st overall pick. Pro Football Focus had Brown ranked 20th overall on their Big Board.
Brown was a four-star recruit who led Starkville (Miss.) High to a state title, then chose to enroll at rival Ole Miss instead of hometown Mississippi State. He and current linebacker Rashaan Evans have that in common. Evans left his hometown of Auburn to attend the University of Alabama.
Speaking of high school, Brown was also a star on the baseball diamond. He was selected as an outfielder in the 19th round of the 2016 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres. Brown participated in the team’s extended spring practices the past three summers.
Robinson on Brown: He can catch the ball, and he can break tackles. He has a good athletic skill-set, and has versatility to play a couple of spots. He’s a good athlete. We are excited to have him on the team.”
Head coach Mike Vrabel on Brown. “He really came across, after our visit here, as a serious, professional football player. It wasn’t about the glitz and the glamour. He just kind of sat down, and it felt like we were having a conversation with a guy that was already a pro football player, just his maturity level and how he approached his daily routine, the game, how he practiced, how he prepared. We’re just excited to add him to the mix.”
Brown joins a wide receiver room that includes Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe. He could work for the Titans in a number of spots, but figures to get his first shot outside with the addition of Humphries during free agency.