Aaron Mellette to Ravens: How Does Wide Receiver Fit with Baltimore?

Rob Engle@@RobEngleScoutContributor IApril 28, 2013

Aaron Mellette
Aaron MelletteDon McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Mellette out of Elon was a productive wide receiver who was projected to be a fourth or fifth-round selection.  Like many of the Baltimore Ravens' draft picks, Mellette was a multi-year starter, and he will be able to compete for playing time early.

 

Role

Mellette will compete with Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter, Deonte Thompson and LaQuan Williams for the third and fourth receiver spots on the Ravens depth chart.  Mellette is a big-bodied receiver with good control and route-running ability.  He drops some easy balls and isn't great going over the middle, but he offers potential as an outside receiver.  He has great body control and knows how to high-point a ball in the air.

 

Early Projections

Mellette will have a good shot at making the team if he proves he can play on special teams.  If not, look for the Ravens to try to stash him on the practice squad for a year to let him develop. 

The Ravens have a lot of young receivers who are going to vie for playing time, so it should be a good competition to watch in training camp and the preseason.  Mellette dominated against weaker competition, but in games against tougher opponents, he disappeared.  A large part of this issue was that he suffered from poor offensive line play and a below-average quarterback.

 

Rob Engle is the co-founder of DraftBreakdown.com.  Check out DraftBreakdown for analysis, mock drafts and video footage of hundreds of draft prospects.

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