ND WR Equanimeous St. Brown Declares for NFL Draft

Submitted by Caesar on January 5th, 2018 at 9:36 AM

As per twitter, he's gone (link). Michigan plays ND next year, and though the secondary is really good, every bit helps.

Bonus: this probably hurts ND's chances to get his younger brother.*

*Edit: According to what I've read ND fans say about his recruitment. 

Comments

Mr Miggle

January 5th, 2018 at 9:57 AM ^

and is projected as a later round pick. He should stay in school to boost his draft stock, but he's either not happy at ND, doesn't think they can help him or both.

In no way is this good news for ND. 

I'd guess his younger brother had already decided not to attend ND. If he was coming, that would give Equanimeous a good reason to stay.

 

Champeen

January 5th, 2018 at 9:45 AM ^

Im curious as to how many returning starters ND will have next year, and the quality of each starter.  It appears we would be favored on a nuetral field, but that damn home field advantage :(

michgoblue

January 5th, 2018 at 9:57 AM ^

Every team loses a number of starters every season to graduation or the FNL.  It's not uncommon for a team to lose 3-5 on each side of the ball.  Sure, losing star players like Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen will almost always be felt significantly, but losing a wide receiver, or even a few linemen is common and rarely causes a significant drop off.  in most cases, teams like ND have quality, experienced depth ready to step in so that even if there is a drop-off, it is not significant.  ND has recruited fairly well, and has had a relatively stable staff in place for more than 3-4 seasons, so I would imagine that their roster is stable enough that these losses will not be all that harmful.

I think that as Michigan fans, we may slightly overestimate the effect of graduation because when we have lost quality starters in the past few years, the back-ups have been very young, inexperienced players.  This, however, is the result of changing coaches 3 times in a decade, which has effectivley caused us to take off a few recruiting years.  

kaz

January 5th, 2018 at 10:29 AM ^

Our D loses so few players that they should hit the ground running next year.  And while we take a big hit losing Hurst and a hit losing McCray, our depth should be greatly improved with all the young talent coming up behind them.

If our Offense can even get to C+/B- level to start the season, we should take care of Notre Dame even playing there.  Our offense will need to keep improving to beat the likes of Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State down the line.  MSU?  Meh.  They're only a threat if our O is a disaster again

Perkis-Size Me

January 5th, 2018 at 10:45 AM ^

That game will depend, as seemingly every big game with us does, on how the offense holds up. IF it holds up.

If it can get to even an average level, they can definitely win in South Bend. We already know what we're getting with Don Brown's defense, and if it's paired with a competent offense, dare I say even a good one, this team is capable of winning titles. But If we see minimal to no improvement from the OL or the QB next Fall, expect more of the same: defense keeps it close but they just don't have the gas to hold up for four quarters on the road against a good team by themselves. 

pdgoblue25

January 5th, 2018 at 9:55 AM ^

I think he could use another year.  The only reasoning I could see behind this is that Wimbush hasn't been the same since the Miami game, and the backup played pretty well in the bowl game.

Maybe he's worried that Kelly is going to play musical quarterbacks again, and he doesn't want to be a part of it.  Kelly has done it with Crist/Rees, Rees/Golson, Zaire/Kizer.

MGoStretch

January 5th, 2018 at 11:11 AM ^

That's really something.  His dad went out of his way to search for a wife to give him the babies he wanted and ultimately chose her based on her toes, knees, and intelligence?  And his actual surname was supposed to "Brown" but that didn't look stately enough on a uniform so the dad decided to start calling them "St. Brown"?  I hope it works out well for the kid and he's able to fulfill his father's dream... er... I mean... his own dream of playing in the NFL.

Ty Butterfield

January 5th, 2018 at 10:33 AM ^

Really depends on who the starting QB is against Michigan. Kelly has a much better record with either a new starting QB or a QB who has started fewer than 10 games. If Book is the starter I bet ND plays better.