- The Washington Times - Friday, April 30, 2021

The Washington Football Team has had a recent history of finding gems in the third round. Terry McLaurin was arguably the steal of the draft in 2019. And running back Antonio Gibson proved to be a valuable contributor in 2020. 

Now, Dyami Brown might be Washington’s next home run in the round. 

Washington used the 82nd pick of the draft Friday to select the explosive North Carolina wide receiver, grabbing the 6-foot wideout who averaged more than 20 yards per catch over his last two seasons in college. Brown, like McLaurin, is known for his ability to burn opposing defenses — clocking in with a 4.4 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.

Brown, 21, joins a wide receiving corps that Washington remade this offseason. The team signed Curtis Samuel to a three-year, $34.5 million contract and Adam Humphries on a one-year deal. McLaurin, Brown and Samuel all give Washington’s coaches the ability to move the playmakers to different spots on the field, allowing them to be flexible. 

Brown’s selection was met with a heavy dose of praise — with Pro Football Focus calling Brown the potential steal of the draft. 

At North Carolina, Brown caught 55 passes for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020 — leading the ACC in yardage. The year prior, he tied a school record with 11 touchdown receptions. 

Of Brown’s 21 touchdowns, eight were longer than 40 yards. 

Speaking to reporters, Brown said Friday that he only spoke with Washington one time in the draft process and was surprised to be picked by them.  But he said he was excited to join the franchise.

“Oh man it’s definitely a blessing,” he said. 

Brown will likely have to work on his hands at the next level to become a true superstar. NFL.com’s scouting profile notes that Brown struggled with “below-average hand strength”  and dealt with drops. 

Brown told reporters that even though he’s known for being a home-run threat, he’s excited to show that he’s an all-around receiver. 

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