Detroit Lions get their first A for drafting badly needed USC receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown

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Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press
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Free Press sports writer Carlos Monarrez grades the Detroit Lions' pick of Southern Cal receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown at No. 112 overall in the fourth round in the 2021 NFL draft Saturday.

Grade: A

The reason: Finally! The Lions fill a massive, gaping need with a receiver and a good, productive one with pedigree. St. Brown, the brother of Packers receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, has been very effective mostly as a slot receiver, totaling 2,270 yards and 16 touchdowns in three seasons while earning All-Pac-12 honors last year. He’s probably isn’t big enough, at about 6 feet and 197 pounds to be a No. 1 receiver, but he fights for the ball and gets good separation with his route running. He had a lot of third-round grades and some had as high as a second-round grade on him.

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Oregon OT Penei Sewell: D, for not getting a playmaker

Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike: B, for perhaps being a poor man's Aaron Donald

N.C. State DT Alim McNeill: Another defensive lineman, really?

Syracuse CB Ifeatu Melifonwu: B, for addressing a position of need

Contact Carlos Monarrez at cmonarrez@freepress.com and follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez.

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