Grant Halverson/Getty Images
Aaron Mellette should be of interest to the Bengals as their search for wide receivers continue.
Aaron Mellette could be looked at in great detail by the Bengals this year if they are looking to draft a talented, physical wide receiver at a great value.
Mellette, who played his collegiate football at Elon, stands at 6'4" and weighs in at 212 pounds. Having another huge wide receiver like this to develop into a possible starter opposite A.J. Green is something in which the Bengals should take interest.
Many will say that the addition of Mohamed Sanu last year will erase the need to look for a receiver like Mellette, but that really should not be the case.
Sanu showed that he can be reliable, but did not have much playing time and failed to stay healthy after only a handful of games. As long as there is no clear-cut starter in Cincinnati, the Bengals should certainly keep looking.
Mellette recorded 85 receptions last season at Elon and averaged over 100 yards per game—he also found the end zone 12 times.
He has great height and can easily shield defenders on short, slant routes or on longer sideline routes. He has the size and length to be a solid contributor at the next level.
A large weakness in his skill set is his straight-line speed. He is very average, at best, and does not possess the type of burst to get past an NFL secondary.
He is a must-watch at the combine so coaches will be able to gauge just how to use his skills to their highest potential at the next level. Quite possibly, his straight-line speed could be deceiving during his 40-yard dash if he can put up a decent figure.
It is very much up in the air as to when Mellette will be drafted this year, but the combine will certainly give us a much clearer view.