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Da Saturday Scout: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

| October 28th, 2017


Player: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

Game: vs. North Carolina State (#14), 2:30 PM CT


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What They’re Saying

From a PFF prospect preview of ESB:

Notre Dame junior WR Equanimeous St. Brown, a 6-foot-5, 204-pounder, exploded in first season with a significant workload a year ago. Hauling in 58 receptions for 961 yards and nine touchdowns, Brown ranked No. 5 among returning Power 5 and Independent (FBS) wide receivers in yards per route run (2.69).

Dropping just three of his 61 catchable targets in 2016, St. Brown ranked No. 7 among that same group of wide receivers in drop rate.

St. Brown still needs to develop as a big-play threat on the outside to become a complete package at the next level. He ranked No. 42 and No. 46 in the 2018 draft class in deep pass yards and deep pass catch percentage last season, respectively.


I Think…

  • Special talent. Truly special talent. But there’s no way to evaluate him in this Notre Dame offense that (a) runs for like 300 yards a week now and (b) starts a quarterback from my high school (P-R-E-P PREP! PREP! PREP!) who isn’t good at throwing passes.
  • One thing the Bears will like is watching him run block 20 times a game. Because if he’s drafted into this Bears offense that’s a seriously valuable skill set. (Right now it’s the most valuable.)
  • As always with wide receivers in the draft, nobody will know where he’s going to be taken until he runs. But ND lists this kid as 6-5, 203 lbs. That size with decent speed is lethal in this league.

Why Watch This Week

A good writer named Tom Shanahan cites commentary from a Raleigh radio host, Steve Logan, in a recent blog post:

But Logan thinks N.C. State can turn Notre Dame’s strong running game to its advantage. The Wolfpack have one of the top defensive lines in the nation, led by projected first-round draft pick Bradley Chubb at defensive end. The Wolfpack are ranked sixth, allowing only 91.3 yards a game.

“It can happen,” Logan said of an upset. “Notre Dame is generating 470 yards a game — 300 on the ground. That’s good news from this standpoint for Dave Huxtable, the defensive coordinator at N.C. State: He can bring his safeties in to stop the run. It’s easier to bring the safeties to stop the run and make somebody beat you throwing the ball as opposed to the other way around. This is where N.C. State has an advantage.”

Logan seems to believe this is a week Notre Dame may struggle to run the ball. If that’s the case, this is the week to tune in and watch their top receiving threat; a serious Bears prospect in the coming draft.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    6’5? Sold.

    • Bear Instincts

      He could be the next Metagtron or the next K.White. let’s wait and see

    • CanadaBear

      He’s going to NO and I would have to assume he’s dressing for the game. No reason to go to NO otherwise. He practiced yesterday.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Just saw Foxy’s presser. He’s on the active roster so he’ll dress. Foxy being cagey? He knows we need him to win.

    • leftcoastdave

      Irish, is the time zone you are in a day ahead, or a day behind? 😉

      • willbest

        Its tomorrow there.

        • Irish Sweetness

          It’s today here!

          Midday games screen Midnight Sunday/Monday morning. The killer is Daylight Saving. We don’t have that, so when the clock changes in the States, the games start at 1.00 a.m. Monday Morning

    • SC Dave

      Lol. There are a fuckload of 6’5″ receivers. Most dont make the NFL, and most that do are JAGs

      • Irish Sweetness

        That’s why a special one is good to have. Just put it up there and let them go to it.

  • It’s all part of the plan

    This new NFL is a joke. Fucking milennials.

    • CanadaBear

      Not sure how you blame them for the concussion issue. We can all be as macho as we want and when players thought the biggest problem as they got older were joint issues, everyone was happy. Now that we know about CTE and how prevalent it is in football players, only an idiot would play football at that level and not be concerned about it.

      • It’s all part of the plan

        not talking about concussions, that’s just a money play from broke players and an insurance play for future claims from the owners/league perspective.

        • CanadaBear

          Really? I’m guessing the Duerson, Seau, Webster families would disagree with you.

          • It’s all part of the plan

            Sorry Canada, i could go into the actual stories of Duerson and Seau and the events and depression that led to the personal and professional failings in their lives but it doesn’t matter. I could tell you about alot of shit but it won’t change the fact that we don’t know what we don’t even know. Everyone is a fucking brain specialist, behavioral psychologist, anthropologist, civil rights pioneer, marriage counselor, etc, especially on the internet, didn’t you know?

          • SC Dave

            Well, don’t despair. They’re not experts at *everything*.

            After all, some don’t even know their gender.

          • willbest

            Unspecial people desperately grasping at trying to find something special about them in a world where identity rather than accomplishment has become the field of competition by all the right people.

          • CanadaBear

            Let’s put it this way, are your sons going to play?

          • Irish Sweetness

            If you shoot yourself in the stomach though, so that they can study your brain, when you have kids and a lot of money …. something is up. It’s a horrible horrible disease and you don’t need to play football to get it.

            For one – any headbangers here? – that doesn’t look like it did anyone any good.

          • willbest

            The average player gets up on Sunday and they basically commit to getting their head hit with a 2×4 ~10 times. Every single one of them knows that isn’t healthy, but they do this because they are getting paid $50k to $1.5 million a game to do it.

            Its not on the NFL to see that they are responsible with their long term health just like its not on the NFL to tell them to stop living like they make a million dollars a year because the best they are going to do after is some 40k insurance sales man job with the occasional couple grand from people willing to pay them to do fan service around their car dealership or whatever.

            The only question is did the NFL commit fraud. As is in did the NFL represent to the players that there was no long term consequences associated with getting your head repeatedly beat in. And mitigating that would be does it even matter? You have the Conte’s of the world that would still make that choice. And at this point everybody coming out of college playing football right now knows about CTE and the long term ramifications. They are still making that choice.

            And really the NFL wasn’t even in a position to know about CTE until about the 90s. Do you know how much a pain in the ass advanced analytics were prior to the ubiquitous computing?

            We look back and think my god jars of painkillers being handed out like candy, what in the hell were they thinking. You have to understand something about medicine. Prior to the discovery of penicillin doctors killed more people than they helped. We really aren’t that far removed from the wild wild west days in all aspects of life.

            What we are going through at the moment, is the beginning stages of “now we know, what do we got to do?” And the Goodell is trying to do it with incremental tweaks to tackling trying to reduce the number of times the head gets clobbered.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Would anyone here say no to making millions of dollars for say 8 years, to play ball, knowing you’d set your family up for life …. whilst still knowing the risks?

            I’d take that in a heartbeat.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      The “Damn Kids get off my lawn.” routine is a little old. What do you seriously have against millennials? This is not the first time you bitched and whined about them. I just don’t understand it. You are a little young to be a cranky old man.

      • leftcoastdave

        Damn right. Leave that to us cranky old men!

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        They’re pussies

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Who could have predicted that? I mean, these kids were raised by parents that believed everyone should get a trophy. Or parents that believed no one should ever have their feelings hurt, or put such controls over their kids that they aren’t allowed to cross a street without someone holding their hand. Or parents that don’t give their kids the chance to live, learn, and make mistakes. Or parents that blame school systems for their kids failing instead of taking some of the responsibility or allowing their kids to take some of that responsibility.

          So people that have problems with these kids, usually only have to look into a mirror to figure out at least part of what the cause is.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Can’t argue with that.

            They’re still pussies.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I can’t argue with them being pussies either.

          • willbest

            I honestly don’t think the particiaption trophy is as big a deal as some of the other issues with childrearing these days. But it has become a symbol of it.

            I mean half the kids that “earned” those little league trophies were because they lucked onto a team where the coaches son was really fing good because the coach was really involved in teaching him from the time he could walk. Or worse the coach and the assistant coach each have good kids and stack the deck because well, lets face it, finding parent volunteers is not the easiest task.

            I think the cultural changes that placed TV, video games, and other solo activities front and center in people’s lives resulted in a general lack of curiosity and social adaptability. It was bad enough that public schools have sorted kids by exact age levels, and faced them to the front putting ever increasing demand on their brain. 1 in 11 boys is on speed because they can’t deal with it otherwise. But now they don’t even get it in their home life like Gen Xers and Boomers used to get.

            My neighbors and I do a pretty good job kicking all our kids outside during the summer and they tend to move around the area in a group ages 5-11 trying to find things they can all do. Occasionally they have crying fits from the younger ones and there are negotiations about how to manage them and what to do. All that shit is really useful to learn. But then during the cold months its onto the PS and the Wii and the Xbox. And I have a hell of a time getting them to play head to head rather than cooperative mode. “But I suck” and my response is “Well how the hell are you supposed to get good if you don’t actually play it.”

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Curious.

            What do you mean by “It’s bad enough that public schools have sorted kids by exact age levels.”?

          • willbest

            I find that one of the best motivator for children are other children. That is, if you want to convince a kid or a group of kids that something is worth doing, having a kid a few years older than them doing it is highly convincing to them.

            So isn’t it odd that our schools are specifically designed to limit the interaction between age groups? A situation that does not occur in the real world. And isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing with our education system? prepare kids to be productive in the real world?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Schools CAN be blamed. I know they’re set up to fail where I live.

            It’s a massive undertaking to educate your own kids, and most people aren’t qualified to do it. How many people do you know that remember their calculus, trig, geometry … or can train a kid to do basic maths? We need to be able to trust our schools .. but unfortunately to get an actual decent education now requires a lot of money.

          • A7Xthebest

            I was Home-Schooled; Incompetently and without a lot of discipline, my parents pretty much quit teaching me after my Freshman year.

            When I took my GED I tested in the top 9% of people who took the tests(Including high school graduates).

            Pretty much any for of education is better than public school.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            First, glad you finished things up, got your GED and scored well.

            But that said, the world around us is full of people that went to public schools and are doing quite well.

            My wife went to private school and I went to public. I can tell you without hesitation, as would she, that I received a better high school education than she did.

            It seems to me the perceived value of private versus public school has everything to do with location. We live in a small community and our kids go to public school. Their experience has been a very good one. They’re different students altogether but they’re both doing very well.

            To be sure, there are some really shitty public schools out there. But there are also really good ones. It’s largely up to the student and parents to make the most of it.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Last Sentence is spot on. Parents and students need to put a premium on education.

          • A7Xthebest

            Nah, it’s universal, public schools have been indoctrinating children for generations, I live in an area that has very highly rated public schools. It’s less about academia to me and more about the insane level of Marxist Ideology that programs us through almost everything we consume.

            ANY form of education is better than public education.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Aaaahhhhhh. There it is. Now I get it.

      • It’s all part of the plan

        It’s not a routine Penis. It’s a disturbing trend. I could write a thesis on it but it’s too much to waste typing that much content.

        Instead of just typing forever i’ll try to break it down into bullet points once i get my little one down for a nap.
        Basically the current NFL is a huge simmering pot of stew of the following components:
        Self made billionaire owners born in the 30’s and 40’s
        Children or inlaw owners/not self made billionaires just related to self made billionaireswho are dead or incapacitated
        Millennial athletes aged 21 to 34 raised in the most advanced and socially flexible society in the history of earth acting as if they are actually fucking slaves
        Twitter
        Unions bastardizing the whole reason for unions to exist by defending rapists, woman beaters, drug offenders and in the general collection of scumbag kids in the league
        Millennial athletes thinking they are fucking global statesmen
        Kardashian -esque Social Media Access
        A sense of financial and professional entitlement unprecedented in modern society
        Labor and Ownership contractual impasse
        The perceived “new” civil rights struggle that does not exist
        The perceived injustices of society transposed onto the Trump administration yet that stemmed from events from when the first black president was in office.
        The current money grab concussion lawsuits from players that played in the 50’s 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s and even the broke ones that retired or were forced out because of performance in the last few years.
        Profits

        It’s a fucking disaster.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          “Unions bastardizing the whole reason for unions to exist by defending rapists, woman beaters, drug offenders and in the general collection of scumbag kids in the league”
          This has been the case for decades. There are HOFers that are the dregs of society in terms of drugs, domestic violence, murder….etc. Guess what. The union defended them too.

          ” athletes thinking they are fucking global statesmen”
          This has also been true about athletes forever. This is nothing new. Believe it or not people for some odd reason listen to what athletes say and expect them to do more because of the platform they hold. This has gone back to the Roman Gladiators. And when athletes don’t speak up on issues they are basically berated. How many stories have been published about athletes not taking a stand. That has been criticism of great athletes throughout the years. Athletes like Tiger Woods and Jordan were criticized for never taking a stand.

          “A sense of financial and professional entitlement unprecedented in modern society”
          how is this unprecedented? Athletes have always wanted more money, and feel they are entitled to it.

          “The perceived “new” civil rights struggle that does not exist”
          Who are you to say that it does not exist? Evidently if people are willing to protest or talk about it, there must be something to it.

          “The current money grab concussion lawsuits from players that played in the 50’s 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s …… in the last few years.”
          Was it not proved in lawsuits that the NFL was actively trying to hide information on the effects of concussions? It has been compared to the tobacco industry hiding the links to cancer.

          Not that we should not be upset with some of these things, but are you not doing the same thing as you are pissed off about. Transposing injustices onto a group of people that have stemmed from events that should not be attributed to them.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I teach these kids. Have been for 13 years. It’s a little different over here because the educational system is a joke, but they know absolutely nothing. They’re locked into their mobile phones and are basically sub-literate and cannot do basic mathematical calculations in their heads, and have little or no understanding of the world outside their own borders. Finding kids that read books is a rarity.

        Is it much different in the states?

  • It’s all part of the plan

    Please little baby jesus in the sky, please let these milennials take the Texans decals off of their helmets for the upcoming game. Please let this happen.

    • leftcoastdave

      Are you advocating for or against the inmates running the prison?

  • leftcoastdave

    EStB has the pedigree. Tate, Fuller, Floyd and TEs Eifert, Fasano, Doyak and Niklas all in the NFL and some are at the top of the game. You know he has the fundamentals and is getting special attention from the Dbs this year.

    But hey, even after gashing USC 49-14 the Irish need to pass more, right?

  • leftcoastdave

    BTW With Mike McGlinchy at LT likely going top five, the Irish might have two players going in the top ten of the draft this year if EStB’s stock continues to rise.

  • CanadaBear

    Since the Saints are poor against the run, you can bet Foxy will be run, run, running. If NO goes up a couple of scores (not hard to imagine) Foxy will have to open the playbook. Can’t wait to see the game tomorrow and see if MT is up to the challenge.

    • SC Dave

      You’re assuming, of course, that the Saints go up a couple of scores. May never happen.

      • CanadaBear

        True enough but the D isn’t gonna score again are they? Seems unlikely. Brees gets the ball out quickly. I think the Bears shut down the run but Brees will move the chains. Who knows?

        • SC Dave

          The Saints D wont stuff our running game.

          • willbest

            It will most of the time if we need 9 runs and 3 passes to get a score.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree but that doesn’t mean the Beloved light up the scoreboard. I’m guessing the Saints will score 21 +/- 4. Without the D scoring I’m not sure the O is up to that kind of output. At this point ST’s don’t seem too special so I’m not counting on any points from them.

  • willbest

    Love this scouting report column you have added Jeff.

  • Malice Halice

    Goin to da B.L.U.E.S. bar 2nite. I find it amazing that this place is so legendary that if you type B.L.U.E.S. bar the (B.L.U.E.S.) is autocorrected.

    • CanadaBear

      If you feel like bar hopping Kingston Mines is very close. That’s my favorite in Chicago. Joanna Connor is playing on one side and the Chicago Blues All-Stars are playing on the other side. 2 bands, one cover when one side stops the other starts up. Not sure who’s in the CBAS but Joanna Connor is a good singer and can wail on guitar. Not to mention she’s a very nice lady. Here’s a recent clip of her covering Jimi’s Little Wing.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suwb2pdE2_g&list=RDMMsuwb2pdE2_g

      • Malice Halice

        Thanks bro, we’ll definitely stop there as well. It was a toss-up between Buddy legend, B.L.U.E.S., Kingston n da house of blues.

        • CanadaBear

          Don’t know how deep you are into the music but the Gospel Brunch @ HOB is supposed to be great. It starts at 10 AM so you could catch some of that before the game tomorrow.

  • SC Dave

    I know we dont need no TEs, but Hayden Hurst may end up playing on Sundays.

    • SC Dave

      Oh, and have i said it sucks that I will have to root for fucking Penn State when they play Alabama for the title?

      Of course, the have to beat Ohio State first, but the Buckeyes were getting stomped…

      I wrote that before OSU scored their first TD

      • Cormonster

        Penn State kept looking the other way, and eventually they got caught….and lost at the end.

  • I second, Will.
    I know Sats are slow going, so thanks for the bear-centric scouting reports, Andy.

    Be handy to be able to reference them come draft season, and can swing my viewing on Sats if I’m flipping between college games I don’t give a shit about. At least this way I can check out a prospect if I check out a game.

  • BuddhaJoe

    I rarely say this but glad Ohio State won. Penn State should’ve been killed off for what they did. And I fucking hate Ohio State.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Wow. Carolina had the ball for 17 minutes more than we did last week.

    I hope Foxy is just blowing smoke up our asses and they’re going to feed Inman the ball. Jordan should improve on his 3.1 YPC.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Two defensive scores will do that to ya.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Right. Forgot about that. So if we get three this week, we’ll have it even less!

        C’mon Leonard!

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          Be fine by me.

          I think the Bears have a real shot to win this game. Unfortunately, I can’t watch today. Family obligations and so forth. I’ll be Bearing down in spirit.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Is anyone in touch with MB? Everything okay with the kids etc.?

    • Commenter Update

      His daughter caught viral meningitis and had swelling in her brain so bad that she nearly died. Ended up with considerable brain damage, and so MB quit the outside world so he could take better care of her.

      • It’s all part of the plan

        Please tell me you’re not being a troll right now. Are you serious?

      • CanadaBear

        Please wish him well from all of us. We know whatever happens he will be doing the right thing for his daughter.

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