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The Baltimore Ravens currently have six rookie wide receivers, but only one of them, Aaron Mellette, was drafted. Mellette was taken in the seventh round, a steal for his talent, but still does have an uphill battle not only to be a legitimate contender for Anquan Boldin's former spot, but to even earn himself a place on the team's 53-man roster.
Mellette's style of play is very similar to Boldin's, in that he's not terrifically fast, but he's got reliable hands and is very physical.
This is in contrast to many of the other Ravens receivers, who count speed as their biggest strengths. That difference in style could therefore help Mellette stand out and add another dimension to Baltimore's passing game.
He also impressed at rookie minicamp, running routes well and catching passes with ease.
Yes, Mellette was drafted, albeit in the seventh round. Yes, he has many traits that echo Boldin's, but he's still just a rookie—and one from a smaller school, at that.
There are many promising things about Mellette, but he'll have to shine on special teams to earn a roster spot this year, and he'll also have to outperform the other, undrafted rookies on the receiving corps as well.
Though Mellette may someday be a star for the Ravens, it might take more than just his first offseason in the NFL to get him there.