2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dyami Brownby Mason Thompson March 16, 2021 0 comments
It has been well documented that the 2021 receiver class is stacked. One player that can be found late on day two and potentially into day three is Dyami Brown. The former Tarheel receiver finished with over 1,000 yards in both 2019 and 2020. Brown will become a team’s second or third receiver once he steps foot onto an NFL turf.
Make sure to check out all of our other 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Reports.
Name: Dyami Brown
Position: Wide Receiver
School: North Carolina
Weight: 195 lbs
Route Tree (8/10)
This is a sore spot in most reports. North Carolina had Brown running a limited route tree that tailored to his skillset deep down the field and in the short game when he looked like he could run any route in the book. At the next level, this will be greatly expanded, and it should be a seamless transition with how he looked with his breaks and stems. Brown’s downfield ability helps as he can break off routes longer down the field, such as a deep comeback or curl. Again, there isn’t a lot of routes he ran at North Carolina, but he has the makings of a complete route runner at the next level.
Brown can pluck the ball out of the air quickly. He does a great job of getting his hands up at the right moment so that the defender doesn’t know the ball is coming. Brown can catch passes in front of him, higher than him and even behind him. There are a few times where he can’t corral the ball, but that doesn’t happen too often.
Contested Catch (6.75/10)
Here is the first trait that Brown could afford to spend a lot of time on in the NFL. He was inconsistent with his contested catching during his time at North Carolina. Brown would drop some of these passes where a defender pushed him but later in the drive hold onto the ball through a lot more contact than the pass he dropped.
Wow. Whether it be with speed or physicality, he shows out here. When reading about Brown, many don’t mention his run after the catch as a major strength, but it is. He wasn’t able to display this as much as he could have due to the lack of a complete route tree but expect him to show out when the ball is in his hands in the NFL.
Play speed and 40 speed are two completely different things. Brown flew past the defense on a lot of his deep routes. His estimated 40 time is in the 4.5s, which is fine. With the ball in his hands, he’s electrifying and can scurry past the defense in a hurry, thanks to his speed.
Brown is smooth in his route running. He has a great feel for where to cut his stem off and make his way to the other side of the field. Brown makes everything look easy, especially deep down the field.
If the cornerback is off, Brown does a great job of getting any sort of explosiveness. Unfortunately, against press coverage, he struggles. Whether this is because of a lack of hand-technicality at the line of scrimmage, or some sort of strength issue, it’s the biggest worry for Brown.
Vertical Receiving (9.5/10)
Electric. Cornerbacks usually play off against him due to his deep speed and ball skills down the length of the field. In the last two seasons, Brown averaged over 20 yards per catch. He does a lot of work in the short game, but he does his best work in the deep game.
Brown can break through tackles and has solid speed. He is more quick than fast, but don’t let that fool you, he’ll break one away, and when he has the ball in his hands, Brown can run through a defender or race past them.
Perhaps the biggest surprise during the whole report is Brown’s blocking. He latches on to the defender and moves him out of the play. He is uber-competitive in this regard and very physical. Brown will continue blocking down the field until the whistle blows. Any team that likes receivers that know how to block well, ahem, Green Bay, should look to add Brown on day two of the draft.
Brown’s injury history appears to be clean.
Brown is going to be a steal on day two of the draft. He can play in any system and will likely play on the boundary with some reps in the slot sprinkled in. Brown can work in any area of the field, but his downfield ability will be a calling for some teams. He is a tremendous blocking receiver, and surprisingly enough, his run after catch ability is another electrifying aspect of his game. Brown’s weaknesses come in press coverage off the line of scrimmage and in contested catch situations. He is a player that many will have on their “my-guys” list this year and for good reason.
Final Grade (84.5/100): Early Second Round