Originally Posted by Bobertchin
Much respect for your view, and I was high on Meachem for a while. But he's pretty raw and has underachieved a bit. It's not just where he played, either, though there WERE some consistency issues at QB for the Vols. But Meachem looks afraid of contact. He has all the physical tools, but does he play the game? I'm not willing to spend the 19th pick to find out. I'd prefer Bowe or (can't believe I have changed so much on this...) Ginn.
The issue I have with labeling him as a "1 year wonder" or an "underachiever" is the fact that all 3 of our receivers broke out this year. They all 3 basically doubled their previous season high in receiving yardage. Something seems fishy about that doesn't it? Or did we just have one of those rare cases where all 3 WR's we had were one year wonders and all happened to break out in the same exact year.
That leads me to believe other factors played into it. Like have a terrible WR's coach, and terrible OC, and terrible QB play. And, coincidentally, all 3 of those things changed this year, the same year all 3 WR's had their best years. Hmmm.
During Meachem's soph season, he was also playing on a bum ankle, hence the reason his YPC dropped from 18 in his fresh and junior years, to 13 that year. He did have some problems his soph year, but there's no way in hell all the blame can be laid at his feet.
So for all that, he's labeled as a one year wonder, and people say that he should have come back for his senior year to prove he can repeat that success. The problem with that is had he stayed another year, by the time his rookie season starts, he would be 24 years old, which is a little older than you'd like from a rookie.
And for all the talk of him being raw and unpolished, I've heard him in numerous interviews talking about the nuances of the position. I thought he showed his football IQ well when Pat Kirwan was grilling him on the different techniques he'd use to beat certain coverages. I think he showed that he has good knowledge of the position and knows when to use moves to gain separation.