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Turner surprised Brown fell to Washington in third round

/ by Ethan Cadeaux
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Dyami Brown

During the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Washington Football Team briefly considered taking a wide receiver with the 51st overall pick before it ultimately addressed a bigger need, offensive tackle, and selected Texas' Samuel Cosmi.

Then one round later, Washington was able to add a dynamic pass-catcher to its arsenal in North Carolina's Dyami Brown, who drew comparisons to Burgundy and Gold star Terry McLaurin during the pre-draft process.

Speaking with the Washington Football Talk podcast shortly after the draft, offensive coordinator Scott Turner said he's excited to be working with the former Tar Heel but admitted he was surprised that Brown was still available when Washington selected him 82nd overall.

"Really excited about him. He's a guy that we had targeted, kind of surprised we were able to get him when we did," Turner said.

Brown, who was incredibly productive at North Carolina, was still available in the third round partially due to the 2021 class being extremely deep at his position. Even so, some draft experts had predicted that Brown could come off the board as early as the end of the first round.

In Washington, Brown will provide a downfield threat that Turner's offense badly missed a season ago. The wideout averaged over 20 yards per reception in both 2019 and 2020 for North Carolina and left the program as the only receiver in school history to have 50-plus catches and over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

 

"[Brown is] just a guy that can really get down the field," Turner said. "I saw a stat that he's one of only two guys to ever average 20 yards a catch two years in a row. That's kind of the thing we were looking for, guys who are going to make plays down the field, track the ball, run by some people."

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The 21-year-old has only been a member of the Washington Football Team for a handful of days, but he's already made a few proclamations of just how dangerous the offense can be next season with the addition of him and his 4.4 speed.

“I think [my speed] can make us very electric," Brown said on Friday after he was drafted. "I think you can compare it to the Chiefs with Tyreek Hill, all their speed and all of their guys and compete with those guys and honestly be better.”

The insertion of Brown certainly provides intrigue to a receiver room in Washington that has vastly improved this offseason, thanks to the signings of Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries, too.

And, while Brown might have the opportunity to contribute right away in Turner's offense, the offensive coordinator believes the rookie still has plenty of room for growth.

"We'll get him in here with our coaches, get him to work on his route detail and just expand the things he's going to be able to do," Turner said. "He's going to come in early and he'll be able to contribute and make some plays and his role will expand as he shows that it can."