Meachem's last hurrah?

Tennessee's Robert Meachem has two years of collegiate eligibility left but one national writer thinks he's too good to use both of them. In fact, the writer suggests Meachem will be a top-10 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Pete Prisco, senior writer for CBSsportsline.com, notes in an online article entitled "Slim pickings with this class of flankers" that only two receivers (Florida's Chad Jackson, Ohio State's Santonio Holmes) are expected to be first-round picks in Saturday's draft. By comparison, seven wideouts were taken in Round 1 of the 2004 draft and six more in Round 1 last year.

While there is a scarcity of receiving talent coming out this spring, Prisco believes there will be a glut of pass catchers available in the 2007 draft, thanks to a standout junior class.

Check out this quote from his online article:

"Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, USC's Dwayne Jarrett, Tennessee's Robert Meachem and Ohio State's Ted Ginn, Jr., are all juniors who can be top 10 receivers next year. In addition, Notre Dame's Jeff Samardzija and Washington State's Jason Hill should have a chance to go in the top 20."

Meachem ranked among America's most heralded receiving prospects when the Vols signed him out of Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa three years ago. He missed his freshman season with a knee injury but caught 25 passes for 459 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2004.

He was supposed to emerge as a superstar in 2005 but Meachem couldn't make it happen. He caught four more balls (29) than in ‘04 but dropped probably a half-dozen passes. His yardage total slipped to 383 and he scored just two touchdowns.

Meachem finally showed the big-play ability that has been expected of him in the spring game, catching five balls for 135 yards and two touchdowns.


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