Aaron Mellette is a small-school product with a huge opportunity.
As the Ravens’ seventh-round draft pick from Elon College, Mellette will be one of many wide receivers in the mix when training camp begins. The Ravens are looking for a wide receiver to separate from the pack. Mellette thinks he can be that guy.
“I know when training camp comes it’s going to be another mindset, where I’m going to be out there looking to dominate every day and be more confident in what I’m doing,’’ Mellette told baltimoreravens.com.
Wide receiver is the position where the Ravens may be most vulnerable. Anquan Boldin is gone, elevating Torrey Smith to the role of No. 1 receiver. Jacoby Jones will start training camp as the No. 2 receiver, but that role is not guaranteed. A bevy of others will battle Jones for that No. 2 spot, including Tandon Doss, David Reed, Tommy Streeter, Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams, and Mellette. None of those receivers are household names. Playing time and opportunities for reps will have to be earned.
The concern with Mellette is whether he has the speed and route-running ability to get open consistently. His size (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) is not an issue. Mellette put up impressive numbers at Elon last season – 97 catches for 1,398 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Every year, players from subdivision schools prove their worth in the NFL. Wide receiver is a question mark for the Ravens. Mellette hopes he can provide an answer.