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2021 NFL Draft prospect profile: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

Is Dyami Brown a sleeper at wide receiver?

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Time will tell whether the 2020 wide receiver class is as deep and talented as the 2019 and 2018 classes.

As thing stand now, it looks like this year’s receiver class will be both deep and talented, with both elite prospects at the top of the draft and good depth through the middle rounds. That could be good news for the New York Giants who need to add a wide receiver, or perhaps even more than one receiver.

North Carolina receiver Dyami Brown isn’t the biggest, strongest, or fastest receiver in the draft, but he has been consistently productive over the last two seasons. He will likely be drafted somewhere on the second day of the draft, but could provide a very good value if he lands in the right situation.

Prospect: Dyami Brown
Games Watched: vs. Pittsburgh (2019), vs. Clemson (2019), vs. Florida State (2020), vs. Miami (2020)

Measurables

Career Stats

Games Played: 32

Receptions: 123
Yards (YPC): 2,306 (18.7 per catch)
Total Touchdowns: 21

2019 Stats

Games Played:

Receptions: 55
Yards (YPC): 1,099 (20.0 per catch)
Total Touchdowns: 8

Quick Summary

Best: Foot quickness, ball tracking, route running, deep receiving
Worst: Size, long speed
Projection: An important rotational piece with starting upside.

Game Tape

Full Report

North Carolina wide receiver Dyami Brown is a slightly undersized but highly receiving prospect. Brown has adequate height and length for the position but has relatively a narrow frame, listed at just 185 pounds.

Brown typically lines up at the “X” wide receiver position on the line of scrimmage in North Carolina’s offense, generally on the offensive left. He flashes a good release off the line of scrimmage, using both quick feet and suddenness off the snap as well as efficient hand work to clear man coverage.

Brown is a legitimate deep threat, averaging over 20 yards per catch in each of the last two seasons. He shows the ability to get separation early in his route with his release, as well as down the field with his route running. He makes good use of the threat he poses down the field to sell defenders on vertical routes. He is particularly effective on comeback or curl routes, pressing his stem down the field before cutting back sharply. Brown shows a good ability to locate, track, and adjust to the ball in-flight, while generally being a “hands” catcher who looks the reception in. Brown also does a good job of working back to the ball or working open for his quarterback when in scramble drills.

Brown is a willing blocker who shows good toughness in sustaining his blocks, as well as solid technique establishing leverage to compete with bigger defensive backs.

Brown does a good job of varying the tempo of his routes and has adequate deep speed, but he lacks a true “extra gear” down the field. He can also lose his feet if he is forced to make too many, or to sharp, cuts in a short area. Brown also suffered the occasional drop, though inconsistent (to say the least) quarterbacking likely also played a role.

Overall Grade: 7.0- Dyami Brown should be a reliable contributor right away, with the potential to work his way into a starting lineup in the right situation.

Projection

Dyami Brown projects best as an outside receiver in an offense that uses spread, West Coast, or Erhardt-Perkins principles. He would likely start out his career as an important No. 3 receiver, but has the potential to work his way into a starting job in the right situation.

He might not be able to remain a full-time “X” receiver at the NFL level. While he has a good release, he could find himself struggling against NFL caliber man coverage corners. That being said, he should be able to align there on occasion depending on down, distance, and offensive package. Brown should definitely still be used as a vertical threat, however. While he doesn’t have true “burner” speed, his ability to get open downfield, locate, track, and adjust to the ball are stand-out traits.

Brown doesn’t have great size and or elite athleticism, but he just produces on the field. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him to be a surprise contributor his rookie year.