Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette is one of the most intriguing small school prospects in this draft class, and he is starting to get some major interest leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. NFL Insider Aaron Wilson is reporting that Mellette has workouts scheduled with the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, and the Seattle Seahawks. He also has interest from notable AFC teams in the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and the New England Patriots.
The Jets have been looking at several small school wide receivers, so the interest in Mellette is no surprise. All of the teams interested in Mellette could use him, and the Panthers, Pats, Texans, Ravens, and Jets are the five teams with the biggest need for a wide receiver. Draft analysts such as Tony Pauline and Greg Cosell have praised the Elon wideout, so he is a name to keep in mind.
We’ll see if the Patriots reported interest in Mellette amounts to something, and it’s interesting to see that two AFC East teams are showing at least some interest in him. Mellette is tabbed as a sleeper on the third day of the draft, and he is a very good possession receiver who runs extremely precise routes. He can’t stretch the field vertically, though, so he’s strictly a possession guy.
The fact that Mellette struggles to gain separation makes him a better signing for teams like the Panthers, Jets, and Ravens than teams like the Patriots and Texans who are specifically looking for guys to stretch the field. But Mellette can still be an asset to those teams if they think he presents good enough value for them, because Mellette has great size at 6’3″ and has safe hands. It seems like Mellette could be a great red zone target with that Anquan Boldin-esque ability to high point the ball.
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