Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is the most productive player at his position in the NFL. A former sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan back in 2010, Brown is averaging 116 receptions for 1,570 yards over the past five seasons. This has him on pace to challenge some of Jerry Rice’s all-time NFL receiving records.
A former teammate of J.J. Watt’s, it’s not lost on Brown that he was the 22nd receiver off the board in the 2010 NFL Draft. In fact, he took to social media on Thursday ahead of the 2018 draft to call out those “experts” who questioned him entering the league.
— AB (@AB84) April 26, 2018
In retrospect, some of the knocks on Brown are absolutely hilarious.
“Needs more consistency catching the ball in crowd.” That’s great. Brown has caught 65-plus percent of his targets in four of the past five seasons.
“Lacks elite acceleration after the catch.” Having averaged north of 15 yards per reception last season, Brown continues to prove himself to be both a tremendously consistent receiver and one that can break off the long touchdown. After all, he has put up a 50-plus yard score in each of the past seven seasons.
Projecting how an NFL Draft prospect will pan out isn’t an exact science. Even then, it seems critics of Brown took everything to a whole new level eight years ago.
It’s acted as motivation for the game’s best receiver. But as Brown notes, he never really needed said motivation.