Chris Steuber Journal
Posted: August 29, 2012
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The Pendulum (Elon University) | Illustration by Chris Steuber
Elon WR Aaron Mellette has drawn comparisons to former Appalachian State and current Rams WR Brian Quick.
The college football season kicks off this week, and NFL representatives (general managers, scouting directors, scouts, etc.) from all 32 National Football League teams will hit the road in search of the top draft eligible prospects and potential diamonds in the rough for the 2013 NFL Draft.
One game that won’t receive national attention, but has a great local flair to it, is the first ever meeting between Elon University and North Carolina on Saturday afternoon, September 1st. The two schools are only separated by 40 miles down Interstate 40, and will have scouts from the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers observing the talent on display.
While the Tar Heels have a number of top NFL prospects, Elon features one of the more intriguing playmakers in the nation in 6-foot-3, 218-pound wide receiver Aaron Mellette. Mellette, who hauled in 113 receptions for 1,639 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011, has drawn comparisons to former Appalachian State and current St. Louis Rams second-round rookie wide receiver Brian Quick.
Mellette didn’t make my initial top 100 prospects list in May, but after further evaluation and dialogue with those who’ve seen him play more than I have, he’ll likely rise into my top 60 when I release my new rankings in September.
As for North Carolina, here are the prospects scouts will have their eyes on this Saturday: senior defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, linebacker Kevin Reddick, offensive linemen (OT) Brennan Williams, (OG) Jonathan Cooper, (OG) Travis Bond, wide receiver Erik Highsmith; junior defensive ends Kareem Martin and Tim Jackson, offensive tackle James Hurst, quarterback Bryn Renner and safety Tre Boston.
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Chris Steuber has covered the NFL and NFL Draft for multiple media outlets over the last decade, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Colin Cowherd Show, NFL Network's Path to the Draft and Daily News Live on Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia)... full biography