A.J. Brown is going pro. On Tuesday, the Ole Miss wide receiver announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
Brown, a 6’1″, 225-pound athlete, profiles as the top wide receiver in this year’s class. He’ll leave school on a high note after notching 85 catches for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns this season. It was a challenging season for Ole Miss on the whole, but Brown was nothing short of stellar on an individual level. He had 212 yards receiving against Vanderbilt just a few weeks ago and topped 100 yards receiving in six different games this year.
“I just want to start off by saying thank you to the Ole Miss family,” Brown wrote in a tweet. “You have welcomed me with open arms. Ole Miss is a special place and has been since I took my first official visit. During my official visit, I knew that this was the place for me. The past three years I have created memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.”
In just three seasons at Ole Miss, Brown set new watermarks for the program in career receiving yards, most receiving yards in a single season, and several other categories.
NFL teams are salivating over Brown’s unique skillset. He’s not the tallest wide receiver prospect, but he is among the most powerful and his ability to break tackles after the catch sets him apart from many of his peers. His toughness reminds many of Steelers standout JuJu Smith-Schuster and he might even be a tick faster.