I know what you're thinking. It's incredibly early to start touting Aaron Mellette as a future pro bowler. It's too early to start comparing Mellette to the person who currently holds the record for most number of receptions in a player's first two seasons. Melltte's pro career is in its infancy, having played in two preseason games, while Colston is an established vet who has been in the league since 2006.
Nonetheless, the comparisons could be made. Both are big receivers, Colston listed at 6-5 and 225 pounds, Mellette listed at 6-2 and 217 pounds. Both come from smaller universities, Colston coming from Hofstra and Mellette coming from Elon. Both had tremendous success at the collegiate level, Colston being named to the All Atlantic 10 first team and Mellette being named to the Southern Conference first team. Finally, both players were 7th round picks in their respective draft classes.
In limited action, we've seen Mellette make a few great plays, catching a touchdown pass in each of the Ravens' first two preseason games. I'd like to see him get more reps with the first team. At this point, we know what Tandon Doss can give us, we know what LaQuan Williams can give us, we know what David Reed can give us, all of them having been with the team for a few years. Jacoby Jones has some speed on the outside but was a disaster when expected to be a #2 receiver in Houston. I think I speak for many Ravens fans when I say that I've come away pretty unimpressed with that group thus far. Yes, maybe they can make some plays here and there, and I was certainly impressed with LaQuan's performance in the Tampa Bay game. Nonetheless, I want to see Mellette get a real opportunity with the first team. You never know when you might have the next Marques Colston just sitting on your bench unless you give the guy a chance. Here's hoping that the Ravens give Mellette that chance and that he makes the most of it.