New York Giants: Is A.J. Brown Hinting That The Giants Are Drafting Him?

The New York Giants brought A.J. Brown in for a top-30 visit.

The New York Giants have holes all over their roster heading into the 2019 NFL Draft. One big hole opened up at wide receiver after the Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

After creating this hole in their roster, the Giants were quick to address the position. To start, the Giants signed Golden Tate to be their new primary receiver opposite Sterling Shepard. Then, the Giants met with a few wide receiver prospects, such as Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown.

How Did A.J. Brown Reveal His Desire To Be A New York Giant?

Following his meeting with the New York Giants, A.J. Brown seemed to hint on social media that he will be a Giant come April, or at least that he wants to be a Giant. Brown did this in a similar fashion to what Saquon Barkley did last offseason.

Last year, Saquon was seen wearing a New York Giants hoodie in a barbershop prior to the NFL Draft. This came soon after Barkley met with the Giants and only a few weeks before the Draft.

This could have been Saquon’s way of convincing the Giants to draft him. Barkley showed he wanted to be a part of the New York media and the New York Giants. Saquon also could have been wearing the hoodie because he knew he would be a New York Giant.

On Saturday, A.J. Brown posted videos of himself wearing a Giants t-shirt on social media. The question is, which reason was Brown wearing the Giants gear for? Was he trying to convince them to draft him? Or have the Giants informed him they will be doing all they can to draft him?

Why The Giants Should Draft A.J. Brown:

A.J. Brown would be a great pick by the Giants. The 17th overall pick might be reaching on Brown, but if he falls to the 2nd round (37th overall) pick, he would be an absolute steal for the Giants.

Brown is arguably the most talented receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft class. If he were to be drafted by the Giants, there is a good chance he could step in and be their top receiver for years to come. Brown can play from the slot or outside. He is a versatile receiver with a dependable game style.

At Ole Miss, A.J. Brown was as dependable as they come. In his junior 2018 season of collegiate football, Brown was spectacular. He was Ole Miss’s leading receiver with 85 catches, 1,320 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

A.J. Brown is 6 feet tall and weighs 226 pounds. He has a solid build, allowing him to line up all over the place and reel in contested catches. Brown does not have blazing speed, but he has enough to get the job done with a 4.49 40-yard dash.

If the Giants draft A.J. Brown, their starting receivers would be Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, and A.J. Brown. At 6 feet tall, Brown would be the tallest of the group. This would give Brown extra targets inside the red zone.

A.J. Brown might be able to make contested catches in the red zone, but that is not where he excels. Brown is a quick receiver with elite route running. His ability to create separation is his best feature. However, his ability to make plays after the catch is a close second. In 2017, A.J. forced 23 missed tackles and in 2018 he forced 17.

New York Giants: Underrated Wide Receiver Prospect Meets With Giants

The New York Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. and instantly opened up another huge hole on their roster. The Giants tried to patch that hole by signing slot receiver Golden Tate, however, Tate is 30 years old. The Giants do not have a ton of young talent at the receiver position, outside of Sterling Shepard.

When the Giants acquired the 17th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in exchange for Odell, fans instantly began to speculate on whether or not that pick would be used to draft Odell’s replacement. Speculation grew on April 3rd as the Giants decided to bring a wide receiver prospect in for a visit.

Who Visited The Giants?

On April 3rd, Ole Miss wide receiver prospect A.J. Brown visited with the Giants. Brown has interest from other NFC East teams, too. Brown visited the Eagles last month and will be visiting the Redskins this month.

Outside of the NFC East, Brown has received interest from a few wide receiver-needy teams. Last month, A.J. Brown visited with the Packers and Bills. If the Giants want A.J. Brown, they are going to have to be aggressive and get him before any of these other teams have a chance.

A.J. Brown Highlights And Statistics

A.J. Brown has been an underrated and underhyped prospect so far throughout this offseason draft process. His teammate at Ole Miss, D.K. Metcalf, has received all of the hype for wide receiver prospects. Metcalf is a flashy prospect, and Brown is not. However, that should not take away from the fact that Brown is arguably the best receiver in this draft class.

Sure, Brown might not be the huge, physical specimen that Metcalf is. And he may not be near as athletic. But Brown excels in plenty of other areas. Plus, his athletic ability is more than enough to get the job done.

At the 2019 NFL Combine, A.J. Brown tested comparably to plenty of starting NFL wide receivers. The average speed for an NFL wide receiver is 4.48, and A.J. Brown posted a 4.49 40 yard dash time. NFL receivers who ran similar times include A.J. Green (4.48), Alshon Jeffery (4.48), Antonio Brown (4.47), and Hakeem Nicks (4.51).

A.J Brown also posted solid measurements in other athletic tests. He did 19 bench press reps as well as 36.5-inch vertical jump and a 120-inch broad jump.

Brown flashed a lot of this athletic ability during his time at Ole Miss. It was most visible while Brown was running routes and making plays after the catch. He had elite agility, allowing him to create separation on routes and make defenders miss in open space.

In his junior year at Ole Miss, A.J. Brown was incredible. He hauled in 85 receptions for 1,320 yards and 6 touchdowns. Brown was the primary receiver on the Rebels because he was a much more reliable receiver than Metcalf. Brown is a consistent route runner with solid hands. He will be a great player wherever he goes, and the Giants would be lucky to have him.