The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
We all know the Houston Texans organization has a soft spot for the Miami Hurricanes, and the first Hurricane we look at is junior wide receiver Tommy Streeter. Streeter is 6'5" 215 lbs. and had huge breakout season his junior season with 46 catches for 811 yards and 8 touchdowns. It seems like Streeter has all of the potential to be a deep threat target in the NFL, but must prove he is not a one year wonder.
The Seventh Floor, a blog dedicated to the Miami Hurricanes, sat down with us to give us a better insight on Streeter.
Can you give us some background on Tommy Streeter?
Streeter was a Miami-born kid who chose to stay home and play for the Canes. He stands 6'5" and weighs in at around 215, which makes him a perfect target for any quarterback to throw to. He stayed in school for 3 years, although never really lived up to his full potential. We only saw how great he could be in his junior year, which was his last since he declared for the draft. Most people think he should not have declared when he did, that he could have stayed another year and become even better of a prospect.
How important was Streeter to the 2011 team?
He was extremely important to the 2011 team, accounting for 8 touchdowns along the way, and becoming the teams most legitimate deep threat. He provided the size and strength that the other receivers lacked, and showed sure hands throughout the season.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
There were times when he looked raw, which lends itself to the fact that he was never utilized to his full power his first two years. Once he got in the game and was used the way a receiver with his size should have been, he showed off the incredible talent he came into school touting. His size is his obvious strength, providing a big, tall, strong target for quarterbacks. He also has very good hands, watching the ball in on every catch. He could use some improvement in the YAC area, which would come with bulking up a bit. He tended to be more of a catch the ball and fall down kind of guy, although he did show flashes of decent speed and tackle breaking ability.
How does he compare to past Hurricane wide receivers?
Most recently he compares almost perfectly with Leonard Hankerson. They share the same skill set and same body type. In the past, a lot of the Hurricanes wideouts have focused on speed, although some like Andre Johnson, Michael Irvin, and Reggie Wayne have lended themselves more to the big body side of the position. Streeter falls into this category.
How do you project him at the next level?
With a relatively deep receiver class, and a ton of WR free agents, it is hard to see Streeter being a 1st or 2nd round pick. I would guess he will see his name taken in the late 2nd at best, although 3rd or 4th would probably be a bit more accurate. He has all the talent in the world, but will need some work in the weight room and on his fundamentals in order to become a true threat on the field. He has the work ethic to become great, he will just need to be given the chance.
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