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Road to the Draft: Aaron Mellette

By Jay Skurski

Aaron Mellette

Position: Wide receiver
School: Elon
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 217 pounds
40 time: 4.54 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 9 reps. Vertical: 33.5 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.41 seconds.
2012 stats: 97 catches, 1,398 yards, 18 touchdowns
Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round

Lowdown: Six times in the past eight years, a small-school receiver has been picked in the top 100. Mellette has the height and build to project as a possession receiver in the NFL, and could be the next one. … Reliable hands and adjusts to the ball well. … Big-time production over his final three college seasons, with 296 receptions, 4,100 yards and 42 touchdowns.

Does not have elite speed, and teams will have to determine how much separation he can get at the NFL level. … Is not much of a threat with the ball in his hands after the catch. … Does not have NFL-level strength yet. … Needs to work on his down-field blocking. … Will have to answer obvious questions about the level of competition he faced at the FCS level.

Mellette didn’t play football until his sophomore year in high school, as he grew up playing basketball in Sanford, N.C. … Elon hasn't had a player drafted since the Jacksonville Jaguars picked defensive back Chad Nkang in the seventh round in 2007.

They said it: "I think he's in the third- or fourth-round range. He just doesn't separate very well. He's a big guy who can shield defenders, but his lack of suddenness and explosiveness hurts his potential. You can use him in the slot, use him outside and try to create mismatches. That would be the best fit. A team won't spend a first- or second-round pick on him, but I think when you get into the third round, West Coast teams that value size could be in the mix." – ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to this month's NFL Draft.


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