Will Antonio Brown's Antics Move Him Down Our Draft Boards?
Antonio Brown has had quite the offseason. After forcing Pittsburgh to trade him, he opened his tenure in Oakland by injuring his feet in a cryotherapy chamber and then disappeared from the team while insisting on wearing an unsanctioned helmet and threatening retirement. Our experts discuss how to factor these incidents into Brown’s draft stock, namely when (if at all) he deserves to be selected.
Do Antonio Brown’s antics have him sliding down your draft board?
Beermakersfan: Absolutely! This guy is a ticking time bomb that could explode at any second. It would not shock me to see him retire, quit on his team, or just be a shell of his former self. We know the talent is there which is why anyone would entertain drafting him, but there are just too many red flags for me to pull the trigger unless he slips into the middle rounds which isn’t going to happen. Let somebody else take on the headache.
JSURab: I was very high on Brown coming into this year and his antics definitely forced me to move him down a little in my rankings. I could easily see him walking away or quitting on his team mid-season. He’s obviously very talented and a lot of people will have the mindset to just let someone else take him, which will allow you to get Brown at a great value. If this happens I will take the risk for someone who has the potential to lead the league in targets.
JoshADHD: No more than he had already slid down by board due to his moving to Oakland from Pittsburgh. This latest nonsense is just that – nonsense. I am actively not drafting him this offseason, but if he happens to fall into the WR25 range, I’ll consider adding him to my rosters.
STLCards: Yes, you have to downgrade him a bit, though the most recent news is a bit encouraging. But even if he is a full go, he’s playing on a team with fewer weapons and something else could happen at any time during the year. I wouldn’t bother until the pick 25-30 range right now.
Nathan Coleman: I don’t have any interest in Brown at his draft price given the bevy of superior options such as Mike Evans, George Kittle, or Kerryon Johnson available for a similar cost. He’s not building chemistry with Derek Carr when he’s injured or missing in action, and his style of play doesn’t mesh with his new quarterback anyway, as Carr ranked outside the top 12 in both deep ball and air yards attempts the past two years.