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Robert Meachem has the best combination of physical tools of any wide receiver on the roster. Yes, I realize Jimmy Graham is a complete freak of nature given his size, speed, agility and soft hands—which is why I was specific in terms of position—but Meachem can flat out fly.
Coming out of college, Marques Colston and Lance Moore ran times of 4.55 and 4.52 as compared to Devery Henderson and Meachem, who posted times of 4.37 and 4.39.
In truth, the 40-yard dash is much better a tool to boost draft stock than one to predict NFL success—something that becomes clearly obvious comparing each pair’s of stats up to this point—but that still does not detract from the potential that come with serious wheels.
Meachem (6’2”) is at least three inches taller than Henderson (5’10”) and the second tallest wide receiver after Colston (6’4”) without consideration given to the inexperienced, unproven and seemingly injury-prone Adrian Arrington (6’3”).
The thing is that Meachem came into the NFL as an incredibly raw, albeit physically gifted prospect. He did not even break 500 yards receiving until his third and final year at Tennessee.
Again he has not lived up to the expectations of a first-round selection, but in truth he probably never should have been one to begin with and should no longer be assessed based on that history.
The learning curve has been long, but if given the opportunity to be the second or third option out wide at 27 years old in what will be his fifth season, we may be pleasantly surprised.
He has all the tools, and if Colston leaves, Drew Brees will need a proven option outside of Graham that exceeds 6' in order to completely open up the passing game and create preferred matchups.