Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Chiefs, Raiders have young WRs to watch
By Bill Williamson
Two players to keep an eye on in training camp and in the preseason are undrafted receivers Josh Bellamy and Rod Streater.
Bellamy, from Louisville, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, while Streater, a Temple product, is with Oakland. Both players stood out during organized team activities.
Still, each has an uphill battle to make his respective 53-man roster, and might need a dominant camp and preseason to avoid the practice squad.
Still, these youngsters have shown they deserve a look after not being drafted. In his pre-draft rankings, Mel Kiper Jr. had Bellamy as the 122nd-best receiver available, Streater the 162nd. Bellamy is 6-foot, 205 pounds and runs a 4.57 40-yard dash. Streater is 6-foot-3, 193 pounds and runs a 4.58.
I asked Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. what he thought of both players. He is cautious because he knows OTAs are designed to make receivers shine. Still, he said both deserve a look.
“Streater and Bellamy, they are both junior-college transfers that didn't put up big numbers in college but had strong pro days and show the requisite natural ability to make it in the NFL on film,” Muench said. “On the other hand, they need to earn the trust of their respective quarterbacks by grasping the offense and showing they can make sound adjustments based on the coverage. They also have to take advantage of their chances to make plays and show they can handle the pressure of playing for a job when the preseason opens.”
Muench likes both players. He thinks Streater has enough speed and length to stretch the field. However, he gives Bellamy the edge as the better overall prospect. Muench thinks Bellamy separates from defenders better and he has more savvy as a route runner.
Either way, it will be fun to watch these two young spring heroes develop once training camp begins.
UPDATE: Bellamy's agent said he ran a 4.42 40 at his pro day.