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Growing up in Sanford, Aaron Mellette preferred playing basketball over football. It was not until his sophomore year that he started to play football. That year he played on the junior varsity team.
While he shined at Elon University, leading the team in receiving in his three seasons as a starter, from the Phoenix finished with a 14-19 record.
During his senior season, the team fell to 3-8 with a 1-7 record in the Southern Conference. Only Western Carolina, Elon's lone conference win, finished lower in the standings.
As stated on a previous slide, Mellette had the 11th-best time in the 40 among the top 20 wide receivers as noted by NFL Draft Scout. Expanding that list to the top 30 wide receivers, only three receivers who are as tall or taller than Mellette were faster:
Justin Hunter from Tennessee (6'4" and 196 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.36 seconds, Aaron Dobson from Marshall (6'3" and 210 pounds) and Rodney Smith from Florida State (6'5" and 225 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.43 seconds.
Mellette is projected as a fifth-round draft pick. Since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994, there have been 74 wide receivers taken in the fifth round.
There are several receivers selected in the fifth round who have had decent NFL careers. Some of these include Joe Horn (selected by Kansas City in 1996), Steve Breaston (Arizona in 2007), Bobby Wade (Chicago in 2003) and Dante Hall (Kansas City 2000).