Equanieous St. Brown showcases his talents just west of the border
At Notre Dame, Equanimeous quickly got involved as a freshman, although he missed the final four games of his first season due to an injury sustained in practice. Nonetheless, under head coach Brian Kelly, he finished his freshman campaign with just one reception on offense but made an impact on special teams, notably blocking a punt against USC (before Amon-Ra's arrival) that would eventually be returned for a touchdown in route to beating one of their famed rivals.
As a sophomore, St. Brown became much more involved in the team's offense and had a breakout season solely as a receiver. On just 58 receptions, St. Brown logged over 950 yards and nine touchdowns. Despite his production, Notre Dame sputtered throughout the season and managed only four wins in 2016.
With a unique combination of size and speed, St. Brown excelled as a vertical threat receiver, and often hauled in touchdowns more than 20 or 30 yards away from the goal line. His skill set and production were highly anticipated heading into his junior campaign, but he experienced some statistical regression despite seeing the team improve overall. Thanks to a 10-3 record, the Fighting Irish were able to appear in the Citrus Bowl, where they won, but on the season, St. Brown managed just over 500 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.
Regardless, St. Brown elected to turn pro after his junior campaign and entered the 2018 NFL Draft. While Equanimeous was not considered a top receiver prospect of his class, the Green Bay Packers used the 207th pick during the sixth round to draft the Notre Dame receiver.
In his rookie season, St. Brown had an impressive season with the Packers despite being somewhat buried in a talented receiver room. He appeared in only 12 games but made seven starts, where he recorded 328 yards on 21 receptions.
In Green Bay, St. Brown was certainly not the first option, that honor went to Davante Adams, but he challenged several other receivers for targets. Unfortunately, by his second season, he took on more of a reserve role in the offense, and in his second and third seasons, the Notre Dame product managed only 215 total yards and a touchdown in 25 regular season games.