The Detroit Lions waited until the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft before selecting a receiver despite having an immediate need at the position. Rather than going with a dynamic playmaker, Detroit opted to use the seventh overall pick to bolster their offensive line selecting standout tackle Penei Sewell.
After securing Sewell, Lions general manager (GM) Brad Holmes continued to rebuild this roster through the trenches drafting back-to-back interior defensive linemen Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill.
Detroit then selected corner Ifeautu Melifonwu before finally taking St. Brown 112th overall.
Amon-Ra St. Brown will have an immediate impact on the Detroit Lions offense in 2021.
The Detroit Lions are in the midst of a roster overhaul, and after seeing Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola move on, there is a large void at the position left to be filled.
"How’s your chemistry with Jared Goff so far?St. Brown: “I love Jared. He’s awesome, awesome dude. Great quarterback who understands the game. He’s taught me some things about certain routes and things Cooper Kupp did with him back with the Rams that he loved. He checks in on me. He’s actually out here in Los Angeles now, so we’ll try to link up and catch some balls.What are the expectations you set for yourself in your rookie year?St. Brown: “My expectations, well, goals are a better word for me. I set my goals real early, where I’m on the depth chart and on the team. It really can change from there, whether I’m playing or I’m on special teams, a role player or starting. I’m just going to see how training camp goes, and once the season approaches I’ll set some new goals.”Has the coaching staff approached you about early playing time and any expectations in the offense this year?St. Brown: “Not at all. OTAs were a time to go out there and learn a new playbook. It was an opportunity to show the coaches what we can do as players. Getting them to trust all of us, so it’s a process. I’m trying to do my best right now and put my best foot forward.”"
Detroit signed a pair of low-risk veterans as placeholders. Tyrell Williams is familiar with offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn dating back to their days with the Los Angeles Chargers. Williams is an often injured pass-catcher when healthy will be the team’s top red zone target aside from T.J. Hockenson.
The Lions also brought it Breshad Perriman, who played under the teams’ newly appointed receiver, coach Antwan Randel El in Tampa Bay. Second-year pass-catcher Quintez Cephus should also find himself in the lineup quite often in three and four-receiver sets.
St. Brown totaled 2,270 receiving yards, 16 touchdowns on 178 receptions in 30 contests over three seasons with the USC Trojans.