“I’m excited to be here, I’m excited to work, and I’m ready to take someone’s job.”
That’s a pretty clear and definitive statement from the Detroit Lions fourth round draft pick WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, who spoke with the media following last weekend’s rookie mini-camp. You can throw the standard responses out the window when talking to St. Brown, he’s all business and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.
He has a clear goal for what he wants to accomplish, and his drive to achieve this stems from his background, where he was constantly competing with his older brothers—one being Equimenious, who is a wide receiver with the Green Bay Packers.
“Having two older brothers, being super competitive my whole life,” St. Brown explained. ”I was always extra competitive. I always had to do a little extra more to beat them at whatever we were doing. So, that’s just kind of the mentality that I have is come in and take someone’s job.
“I’m never going to forget the 15 receivers that went before me in the draft. That’s kind of the chip I have on my shoulder coming into everything I do. Whenever I’m thinking about anything, that just comes back to my mind—and motivates me to do more.”
St. Brown wasn’t going to be able to take anyone’s job this weekend, there is still a long way to go in the offseason. But even being a rookie, his polish as a route runner and intense competitiveness likely makes him the leader in the clubhouse for the slot wide receiver job.