Dyami Brown
UNC receiver Dyami Brown will be a premier deep threat from day 1. However, his upside is much more than that. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

North Carolina wide receiver Dyami Brown may be the best vertical threat in this draft class. Racking up consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the Tar Heels, Brown scorched ACC secondaries. In both his sophomore and junior season, Brown also averaged over 20 yards per reception and 20 touchdowns.

Dyami Brown quickly became the premier deep threat for a top-tier UNC offense. When considering Brown’s production, UNC ran the ball at one of the highest rates in college football. Totaling that much production on a squad that features Javonte Williams and Michael Carter makes Brown even more intriguing of a prospect.

Brown is shifty when running downfield. Creating space and getting behind the defense is what he does best. Brown’s quick feet allow for an impressive release package that helps him avoid press coverage. For the most part, press coverage is what most rookie receivers struggle with the most when getting to the league. Similar to Mike Evans in 2013, Brown is physical enough to get through opposing cornerbacks. He’s physical at the catch point too. Brown had the second most contested catches in the past two seasons (21), trailing only Kyle Pitts (24). At his pro day, the 6-foot-1 receiver showed off his sub 4.4 speed and explosiveness.

While most scouts question his route tree, Brown was pigeon-holed into a strict field-stretching role in the UNC offense. His speed was by far the best on the team, so he was constantly sent deep every time. Brown was not given the opportunity to show off the rest of his route tree which he surely has. He possesses elite change of direction and quickness. These traits alone ensure that he can run a variety of routes or he can at the very least develop.

Dyami Brown will bring a vertical presence to any team drafting him at the end of April. However, he has the ability to grow into much more than that. If a team is willing to take the time to grow his route tree then he can dominate the league. Expect Brown off the board in the middle of day 2, but also expect him to outperform his expectations throughout his career.

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