OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 13: Tommy Streeter #11 of the Baltimore Ravens takes part in a practice during the Baltimore Ravens minicamp on May 13, 2012 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Most of you know about the Baltimore Ravens 6th round draft pick Tommy Streeter. Streeter is out of the University of Miami, the same school that brought the Ravens Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Bryant McKinnie and Damien Berry. Streeter's a 6 foot 5 inch receiver, with blazing speed, little production, and therefore has the raw label placed on him. This raw label comes from imperfect route running, one year of any production, and questionable hands. I am here to provide my complete analysis after the 'Jump.'
First let's look at his numbers with Miami
" Played in 10 games mostly on special teams ... Caught four passes for 67 yards including a career-long 29-yarder ... Had a career-high three catches for 55 yards against Florida A&M ... Had a 12-yard reception at UCF ... Had one tackle on special teams ... Had a career-long 47-yard reception in the Champs Sports Bowl against Wisconsin."
"Played in eight games, starting against Maryland ... Had one catch on the year, a 42-yard touchdown grab against Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl."
"Played in all 12 games, earning seven starts ... Exploded for the team lead in both receptions (46) and yards (811) ... His yardage total was good for fifth-best in the conference ... Finished the season with a team-high eight touchdown receptions ... Led team and finished fifth in the conference with an average of 67.6 receiving yards per game ... His 17.6 average yards per catch led conference receivers with at least 40 receptions ... Recorded career-bests in catches (7) and yards (176) against Virginia, including a season-long 57-yard reception ... Led team with 96 receiving yards on three catches against Georgia Tech ... Had 89 yards on four catches, including one touchdown reception, against North Carolina."
Overall, he had an upward trend, however only one year of relevant performance. This was the same time Al Golden became the coach at Miami. He went from 1 reception to 46 in a years time, and I look towards this change to explain it. Golden used Streeter more, and it clicked for him. If not Golden, he became more committed to the game, whether it was training, or digesting what coaches had to tell him. Either way both are a positive.
Next, Tommy decided to forgo his senior year in hopes of being drafted. He went to the combine and put up monster numbers(Seen Below).
|40 Yard Dash||4.4 Seconds||6th|
|Bench Press||17 Reps||13th|
|Vertical Jump||33 inches||DNP|
Overall, it was a great combine. Not many people had a better one, except for Stephen Hill. The main thing here was the blazing speed on a 6'5 player. His stock was now considered a 3rd-4th round range, because he was still considered raw.
Draft comes around and he falls all the way into the 6th round and in to the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.
So what can us Raven fans expect from him?
My pro comparison here is... Danario Alexander, but a healthy version. I must confess I am a Mizzou fan, and I live in St. Louis. So, if you're unfamiliar with him, look him up. Like Streeter, he had scatered numbers in college(but better), but had looming knee issues throughout college. He went undrafted, and evtually signed hometown with the St. Louis Rams. When Danario is healthy and on the field, He is a dominant reciever. Perfect red zone target. And the Quality of a true #2 receiver. No doubt about it. He it fast, has the height, and can beat out just about any one on a jump ball. I see this a great comparison as they are both tall and fast, however neither in my opinion will turn into that #1 guy. Both serve better as complement receivers. Both are similar to San Diego Charger's Malcom Floyd.
I believe we need to give him some opportunities. Whether he goes in for 2-3 snaps a game or red zone receiver field time, in my opinion, will serve him the best. If he is on the upward curve, he might even challenge Jacoby for playing time, if Jacoby goes into a drought. However that'll be tough, because I believe he has to surpass Tandon Doss on the depth chart first. A great camp and consistent working on improvement is the most we can ask for at this point.