Packers end Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown's slide in sixth round of NFL Draft

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Equanimeous St. Brown arrived with ready-made expectations.

In his first fall camp in South Bend, the 6-foot-5, 214-pound consensus four-star wide receiver stepped into a crowded competition and did his best to steal the spotlight.

“We thought that Equanimeous was going to be a good receiver for us, but maybe down the road,” head coach Brian Kelly said in Aug. 2015. “He’s ready. I mean, that kid runs like a deer. And we’ve put him up against everybody, and he can run past you and can go up and get the football.”

St. Brown ran past his fair share of overmatched defensive backs in his three seasons in South Bend, finishing with 92 catches for 1,484 yards and 13 touchdowns.

And on Saturday, the Green Bay Packers selected him with the 207th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

It’s fair to question whether the Anaheim, Calif., native’s production ultimately matched his potential, however, especially after he managed just 33 catches for 515 yards and four scores in 13 games in 2017.

The measurables, of course, were beyond dispute. A tantalizing mixture of size and speed, St. Brown measured 6-5 and 214 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine in March, and he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds. He also bench-pressed 20 reps of 225 pounds, the fourth-best mark at his position.

St. Brown still runs like a deer, but he couldn’t outrun the questions surrounding his inconsistent performance last fall. Is that a sign of things to come, or can he revert back to the standout sophomore that led his team in catches (58), receiving yards (961) and receiving touchdowns (9) in 2016?

Green Bay is betting on the latter, especially considering that St. Brown's quarterback that season — DeShone Kizer — is also on the roster. That’s why the Packers made him Notre Dame’s first wide receiver draft choice since Will Fuller went to the Houston Texans in the first round in 2016. He was the 25th wide receiver taken in the 2018 draft.

St. Brown’s potential remains significant. His physical tools were clearly worthy of a sixth round flyer.

Now it’s time to see if all that talent will translate in the NFL.

EQUANIMEOUS!!!!!!

— Chris Finke (@SlipperyFox10) April 28, 2018

EQ is one special young man.

Looking forward to watching him on Sundays with the Packers.#GoIrish#NFLDraftpic.twitter.com/9J9nDAjhaY

— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) April 28, 2018

About time! Ordering my Packers jersey right now, congrats family! @Equanimeous

— Michael Young Jr. (@_LikeMike10_) April 28, 2018

Notre Dame’s Equanimeous St. Brown (6) celebrates after scoring during the University of Southern California at Notre Dame NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA