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Lions rookie WR Amon-Ra St. Brown: 'I'm ready to take someone's job'

5/17/2021 4:17:43 PM
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A sixth-round pick in 2000, Tom Brady used his draft day slide to fuel arguably the greatest career in NFL history.

Twenty-one years later, rookie Detroit Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has found motivation in his own disappointing draft weekend, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

"I’m never going to forget the 15 receivers that went before me in the draft," St. Brown said on Day 3 of rookie minicamp Sunday. "That’s kind of the chip that I have on my shoulder coming in, everything that I do. Whenever I’m thinking about anything, that just comes back to my mind and it just motivates me to do more."

St. Brown actually was the 17th receiver taken in what was considered a particularly deep draft at receiver.

Five receivers went in Round 1, including top-10 picks Ja'Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, and 10 more went on Day 2.

"(When the third round ended) I had a bittersweet feeling in my mouth and it just made me realize is I’ve got to go harder," he said draft night. "I’m glad that the Detroit Lions drafted me but this is just the starting point for me. It’s the beginning of a chapter for me and I’m going to go ahead and work hard and give it everything I’ve got."

St. Brown spent the early part of last week in southern California working out with Lions quarterback Jared Goff and some of his veteran teammates.

"(Goff) looked amazing," he said. "It’s my first time actually throwing with him, so he looked awesome. He’s a smart guy, could grasp the offense really quick. Was moving guys around, so I’m excited."

"I’m excited to be here," St. Brown said. "I’m excited to work and I’m ready to take someone’s job."

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