Brandon Aiyuk was a relative unknown outside of Arizona coming into his senior season at Arizona State.
That’s not the case anymore.
The ASU wide receiver has seen his profile grow as he has put up impressive numbers for the Sun Devils in 2019.
His NFL draft stock has soared as well.
Aiyuk has shined for Herm Edwards’ team, getting 65 receptions for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns this season after recording 33 catches for 474 yards and three touchdowns as a junior playing in the shadow of former teammate N’Keal Harry.
He has also been a huge threat on special teams as a returner for the Sun Devils, making him an enticing prospect for NFL teams.
NFL writers are raving about Aiyuk’s big-play ability and explosiveness, which have him surging up NFL draft boards.
The Big Lead: Brandon Aiyuk No. 9 WR prospect in 2020 NFL draft
Ryan Phillips wrote: “Aiyuk has raced up draft boards over the last few weeks thanks to his wildly productive senior season. He’s posted 65 receptions for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns, showing big-play ability in the process. At 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds, Aiyuk can line up at every receiver position and is excellent after the catch. He has good speed and can find the creases in the defense to produce big plays. He can line up as a returner and has become a much better route-runner this season. The Sun Devils’ receiver has gone from largely anonymous to a potential third-round pick on the strength of a great final collegiate season.”
Bleacher Report: Brandon Aiyuk could be a first or second round NFL draft pick
Matt Miller writes: “No wide receiver has improved his stock more this season on my board than Brandon Aiyuk. After taking a back seat to N’Keal Harry in the ASU passing attack last year, Aiyuk has exploded onto the scene now that he’s the primary target. Aiyuk is nothing like Harry as a player. Instead he’s a silky-smooth operator with exceptional after-the-catch moves. Many might not remember just how dominant Sammy Watkins was at Clemson, but he was impressive enough to be the No. 4 pick in 2014. That proved to be a reach, but Aiyuk gives off similar vibes as a weapon. Imagine a guy like that in a Kyle Shanahan or Sean Payton offense as the No. 2 option? It’s unfair. He’d also be a great fit with the New York Giants, where Daniel Jones needs more targets given Sterling Shepard’s uncertain future after multiple concussions. Put Aiyuk in a position to run after the catch and enjoy the touchdowns.”
Fansided: Brandon Aiyuk’s NFL draft stock is way up
Jacob Schyvinck writes: “What a difference a year has made for Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. The potential has always been there, but he didn’t get the opportunities with N’Keal Harry there last season. Now, as the number one, he’s put a better season of film out than Harry did last year. Aiyuk has 60 catches, 1125 yards, and eight touchdowns this season, and he keeps putting together good performances. Against the Ducks, Aiyuk caught seven passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. He showed his route running prowess throughout the game and big-play ability, catching an 81-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner. His ability to create separation and win vertically while also winning over the middle of the field is going to attract plenty of teams. He has the Terry McLaurin type of mold and could be a factor in year one.”
Pro Football Network: Brandon Aiyuk headlines list of under the radar draft prospects
Neal Driscoll writes: “Brandon Aiyuk, a JUCO transfer, joined the Arizona State football team in 2018, playing a supporting role to 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry. There will be many draft boards that do not have sensational wide receiver ranked as one of the top ten receivers in the 2020 draft, but he has the tools and explosiveness to be a star. Aiyuk offers exceptional athleticism and is magical with the ball in his hands. He is a plus route runner, can make defenders miss and flourishes when he is the focus of an offense. It seems that Aiyuk is always open, as he seamlessly creates separation. … Aiyuk could hear his name called at the tail end of round one of the 2020 NFL Draft to a team like the New Orleans Saints; however, I think it is likely that we see him selected early in round two. The good news, we will get to see a lot more of Aiyuk during the draft process, as he has accepted his invite to Reese’s Senior Bowl.”
Bleacher Report: Brandon Aiyuk a player to watch for 2020 NFL draft
Brad Shepard writes: “With one massive play, Arizona State receiver Brandon Aiyuk’s name became one people around college football committed to memory. After Oregon had stormed back to close a shocking Arizona State lead to three points, the Sun Devils’ 6’1″, 206-pound receiver put on a brilliant double move on a curl-and-go, and freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels hit him for an 81-yard game-clinching touchdown. Suddenly, one of college football’s top deep threats became one of the showcase players in the biggest upset of the week and one of the biggest of the season.”