Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell isn't the only one sticking out during the team's appearance on "Hard Knocks" this offseason. Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown was a focus during episode two as his drive to be better became obvious. It's a drive that features a whole new level of draft pettiness.
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St. Brown was quick to name all 16 wide receivers drafted in front of him in 2021 and the schools they attended in college. That includes big-time names like Ja'Marr Chase (LSU) and DeVonta Smith (Alabama). He didn't forget about guys like Tutu Atwell and Dez Fitzpatrick (Louisville) either, though.
The NFL has seen players take their draft spot personally before, but not to this extent. Of course, quarterback Josh Rosen is best known for saying, "There were nine mistakes ahead of me." What's different this time around is that St. Brown has the production to back up his pettiness.
Lions fans were dazzled by St. Brown as he scored five touchdowns during the last six games of the 2021 season and capped off the campaign with back-to-back 100-yard games. Overall, the USC product finished with 912 yards, which was the fourth-highest mark among rookie wide receivers.
Playing with motivation is what Campbell is all about, so it's safe to say St. Brown fits into that mindset perfectly. The Lions head into the fall with hopes of posting a winning record for the first time since 2017. St. Brown's efforts will go a long way in that goal as one of quarterback Jared Goff's top targets.
Detroit has odds set at +410 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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