2015 NFL DRAFT

Aaron Mellette, WR

School: Elon  |  Conference: SOUTH
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Sanford, NC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 217 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
178225-6
LATEST NEWS
04/08/2013 - 2013 Elon Pro Day: Aaron Mellette of Elon has workout scheduled with Colts...Representatives from one NFL team gathered at Elon's pro day on March 26, where three players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 45-degree temperatures under sunny skies. Aaron Mellette worked out previously at North Carolina State's pro day on March 20 and before that at the NFL Scouting Combine. Mellette (6-foot-2 7/8, 218) ran the short shuttle in 4.53 seconds at Elon's pro day, and opted to stand on the rest of his combine numbers.

Mellette has a workout scheduled with the Indianapolis Colts on April 10. Elon hasn't had a player drafted since the Jacksonville Jaguars picked defensive back Chad Nkang in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Rich McGeorge, a productive tighe end for the Green Bay Packers in the 1970s and College Football Hall of Famer, was a first-round selection in 1970 out of Elon by Green Bay. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

01/24/2013 - Four small-college players to watch from the Senior Bowl...Aaron Mellette, a wide receiver from Elon, is a big athletic type that can make a catch over his head and down around his ankles. He demonstrated the ability to go up and get a ball. I don't think he's a true No. 1 wide receiver, but he will be a solid third or fourth. - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com

12/04/2012 - Elon senior wide receiver Aaron Mellette has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. He will become the second player from the school to participate in a Division I football all-star game."It's a blessing and an honor to receive an invitation to Senior Bowl," Mellette said. "I can't wait to go down there and make Elon and my hometown of Sanford proud. This is a great opportunity for me to display my skills and show that I can play with these guys. I was very shocked when Coach (Jason) Swepson called me in and showed me the invitation, but I was filled with a lot of joy at the same time."

Mellette finished his career as one of the top receivers in Southern Conference history. As a senior this season, he totaled 97 receptions for 18 touchdowns and 1,398 yards in 11 games. He ranks second in the FCS in receptions per game (8.9) and receiving yards per game (127.1 yards per game). Over his career, he caught 304 passes for 4,254 yards and 44 touchdowns with 23 100-yard receiving games. Each mark ranks second to Terrell Hudgins in SoCon and Elon history. - Sports Network

12/01/2012 - Elon University senior wide receiver Aaron Mellette has been invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl, according to the Elon athletic department. The department's Twitter account (@ElonPhoenix) tweeted this: "Big news from the football front today! Aaron Mellette has been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26, 2013! #MerleNation" The Pendulum's Zachary Horner spoke to Mellette at this afternoon's women's basketball game between Elon and College of Charleston. Mellette said he found out yesterday around 5 p.m. when he met with Phoenix head coach Jason Swepson. The senior wideout said the invitation was on Swepson's desk when he walked in.

Mellette was listed on the Senior Bowl Watch List Aug. 23 as one of 29 players from the Football Championship Subdivision and Division II, and Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage mentioned Mellette on the press release. "I've seen three games on Aaron from last year and he is a legitimate NFL prospect with size and athleticism," Savage said of Mellette in the press release. - The Pendulum, Elon Student News

11/15/2012 - It has been a tough season for Elon, which has lost six of its last seven games. For Mellette, though, his numbers couldn't be much better. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is third in the FCS with 88 receptions, second with 1,210 receiving yards and his 17 touchdowns leads the nation. Mellette is second all-time in the SoCon -- trailing only former Elon teammate Terrell Hudgins - in yards, catches and touchdowns. And his career numbers include just eight catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman. "When you think about what I've been able to do these last three years, it's been pretty amazing," the Sanford, N.C., native said. "Coming in I had high goals set, and I can pretty much say that I achieved them." After Saturday, Mellette will turn his attention to his NFL opportunity. He's been invited to numerous January senior all-star games and will almost certainly be involved to the NFL Combine in February. "I've tried to hold off thinking about it as much as possible," he said, "but after the game Saturday that's what's going to be on my mind." - John Frierson, Chattanooga Times Free Press

10/22/2012 - Thomas Wilson threw five touchdowns and Aaron Mellette posted 154 yards receiving as Elon beat Western Carolina 42-31 Saturday, snapping a three-game losing streak. Wilson, who finished with 378 yards passing, tallied his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing game while Mellette had more than 100 receiving yards for the 18th time in his career. Elon led 28-0 at halftime behind three passing touchdowns from Wilson, including two to Mellette, and a 48-yard run from Tracey Coppedge. Western Carolina rallied in the second half, cutting the deficit to 35-23, but Wilson threw his fifth touchdown of the day, this time a 47-yarder to Mellette, to seal the win. Eddie Sullivan led Western Carolina with 168 yards on 12-of-22 passing and added 76 yards rushing. Elon has won the last six games in the series, scoring at least 26 points in each of those meetings. - AP Sports

10/08/2012 - OCT 8 SPORTS NETWORK NATIONAL FCS CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Mellette, Elon, Senior, 6-4, 220, WR, Sanford, N.C.,...Mellette tied a career high with 237 receiving yards on 13 catches and matched a career-best with three touchdown receptions in a 35-23 loss at Appalachian State. The senior now has 18 career 100-yard receiving games, which is good for No. 2 in Southern Conference history. He also passed former Appalachian State receiver Brian Quick to move into fifth place on the SoCon's all-time receiving list with 3,516 receiving yards. After a slow start to his senior season, Mellette has caught 50 passes for 670 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. - The Sports Network

09/15/2012 - Backed by four TD passes from Thomas Wilson, Elon trumped West Virginia State 48-14 Saturday. Wilson was 18-of-25 passing for 261 yards in the blowout, connecting with Aaron Melette on nine of those passes for 129 yards. Wilson hit Melette for a pair of TDs, both in the second quarter. The Phoenix (2-1) leapt to a 35-0 lead in the second quarter, but couldn't keep the shutout through the half as West Virginia State's (1-2) LeFloyd Phillip ran in from 70 yards out with 41 seconds left in the second quarter. The points didn't turn the tides, though. Elon's Thuc Phan ran the ball 15 times for 110 yards, primarily in the second half, while Karl Bostick ran the ball 12 times for 77 yards and a score. The Yellow Jackets amassed just 251 yards total offense, including 74 on the ground. - AP Sports

09/01/2012 - Five I'll Be Watching This Weekend: WR Aaron Mellette, Elon: Entering the 2012 season as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated senior wide receiver, Mellette has a great opportunity to prove worthy of his hype by starting out against a North Carolina defense loaded with NFL athleticism. The 6-3, 218 pound Mellette, however, looks up to the task. He certainly demonstrated the ability to step up his level of play a season ago, catching 11 passes for 180 yards against a Vanderbilt secondary that ranked sixth in the SEC a season ago in defense. He broke school and conference records last year with 1,639 receiving yards and caught 11 touchdowns. On tape, Mellette doesn't appear to be an elite athlete like last year's small school star Brian Quick (Appalachian State) but he is a more consistent route-runner, hands-catcher and downfield blocker than the St. Louis Rams' second round pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/28/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Aaron Mellette, Sr., Elon, has been selected First Team Preseason All-Southern Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the league's head coaches. Mellette was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by both the Southern Conference's coaches and media members and finished fifth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award in 2011. He is on the preseason watch list for the Payton Award again in 2012. The Sanford, N.C., native ended 2011 as the FCS leader in both receptions per game (10.27) and receiving yards per game (149.0). His 1,639 receiving yards established a new Elon and SoCon record, surpassing the mark of 1,633 yards set by former Phoenix standout Terrell Hudgins in 2009. Mellette had nine 100-yard receiving games and twice went over 200 yards receiving during his junior campaign. He began the season with an 11-catch, 180-yard performance at Vanderbilt. In a win at North Carolina Central, Mellette caught 16 passes for a career-high 237 yards. In the season finale against Appalachian State, Mellette hauled in 14 balls for 236 yards. He made a SoCon-best 113 catches and led the league with 12 touchdown receptions. He was twice honored as the league's offensive player of the month. - Elon football

07/12/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST: Aaron Mellette, WR, SR, Elon Phoenix...It's hard to believe how quickly Mellette stepped out of the shadow of former Elon wide receiver Terrell Hudgins, the 2009 Walter Payton Award runner-up. It's also possible Mellette will follow another Southern Conference wide receiver, St. Louis Rams second-round selection Brian Quick of Appalachian State, as the first FCS player taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. What Mellette has done the last two seasons - 199 receptions for 2,739 yards and 24 touchdowns - is mind-boggling. Last season, he caught 113 passes for a school- and SoCon-record 1,639 yards while finishing fifth in the Payton Award voting. He isn't flashy, just a productive force who considers making the tough catch his biggest strength. - The Sports Network

07/11/2012 - 2012 SPORTS NETWORK FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: Aaron Mellette, Elon, WR, Sr, has been selected Preseason FCS First Team All-American for the 2012 college football season by The Sports Network. Mellette was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by both the Southern Conference's coaches and media members and finished fifth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award in 2011. The Sanford, N.C., native ended the regular season as the FCS leader in both receptions per game (10.27) and receiving yards per game (149.0). His 1,639 receiving yards established a new Elon and SoCon record, surpassing the mark of 1,633 yards set by former Phoenix standout Terrell Hudgins in 2009. Mellette had nine 100-yard receiving games and twice went over 200 yards receiving during his junior campaign. He began the season with an 11-catch, 180-yard performance at Vanderbilt. In a win at North Carolina Central, Mellette caught 16 passes for a career-high 237 yards. In the season finale against Appalachian State, Mellette hauled in 14 balls for 236 yards. He made a SoCon-best 113 catches and led the league with 12 touchdown receptions. He was twice honored as the league's offensive player of the month. In his three seasons in the maroon and gold Mellette has caught 207 passes for 2,856 yards and 26 touchdowns. - Elon football

05/22/2012 - 2013 DRAFT TOP SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS: Elon's Aaron Mellette, a rising senior who is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 ranked senior receiver and top small school prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft. Mellette, who rewrote the Elon and SoCon record books last season with 113 catches for 1,639 yards and 12 scores, admits it won't be easy to match his gaudy statistics from 2011, but that won't stop him from trying. "I feel like I'm going to get close," said Mellette. "But I hardly see that happening. We have other playmakers on this team and opposing defenses know about me. It will be tough." Mellette was a basketball player growing up and didn't start playing football until his sophomore year in high school, which put him behind in the recruiting process. Despite a few letters from ACC and C-USA programs, he ended up at nearby Elon, a FCS-level program about an hour down the road from Mellette's hometown of Sanford, North Carolina. After redshirting and seeing little playing time as a freshman, Mellette had a breakout 2010 season followed by his record-breaking campaign as a junior last year. Listed at 6-4 and 212 pounds, he looks the part, but there are questions about his ability to stretch the field and make an impact after the catch. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/22/2012 - 2013 DRAFT TOP SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS: Like every small school prospect, there are questions about how his skills will translate to the upper-echelon talent at the next level. But Mellette has no problems with those questions. "I would agree," answered Mellette regarding concern that he hasn't faced top competition. "But I also make sure when I play Vanderbilt and those types of schools, I prove I can play at that level. I'm more than capable and I just have to show that when I get the opportunities." Against Vandy last season in the season opener, Mellette had a game-best 11 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown reception. Although a small sample, he wasn't overmatched against the Commodores' pass defense, which ranked 18th in the FBS last season. Despite not facing elite defenses each week, NFL teams and pro scouts are well aware of Mellette and his remarkable production. "Flip on the Elon-Appalachian State game from last season," said one pro scout. "(Brian) Quick was good, but that Elon kid (Mellette) was the most impressive receiver on the field that day. If you're looking for flash and sizzle - Mellette isn't your guy. But if you want production, I think he can be a reliable player at the pro level." Mellette has said the NFL has always been a goal and he looks forward to being the first person from his hometown to be a professional athlete. "Quick set the bar pretty high for the SoCon", said Mellette. "Hopefully I can get into the first round, but I hope to just be drafted." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/14/2012 - Aaron Mellette, the recipient of the 2011 FCS Wide Receiver Award from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA), has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2012 CFPA Wide Receiver Award. Mellette is one of just two Southern Conference wide receivers on the initial watch list. The other is Samford's Kelsey Pope. Mellette was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by both the Southern Conference's coaches and media members and finished fifth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award in 2011. The Sanford, N.C., native ended the regular season as the FCS leader in both receptions per game (10.27) and receiving yards per game (149.0). His 1,639 receiving yards established a new Elon and SoCon record, surpassing the mark of 1,633 yards set by former Phoenix standout Terrell Hudgins in 2009. Mellette had nine 100-yard receiving games and twice went over 200 yards receiving during his junior campaign. He began the season with an 11-catch, 180-yard performance at Vanderbilt. In a win at North Carolina Central, Mellette caught 16 passes for a career-high 237 yards. In the season finale against Appalachian State, Mellette hauled in 14 balls for 236 yards. He made a SoCon-best 113 catches and led the league with 12 touchdown receptions. He was twice honored as the league's offensive player of the month. - Elon football

05/08/2012 - Aaron Mellette has added to his distinguished list of accomplishments by landing Elon University's highest honor for athletes. The star receiver was joined by women's basketball standout Ali Ford as Basnight Outstanding Athlete award winners, recognizing Elon's Male and Female Athlete of the Year, on Monday night at the school's 38th annual athletics awards banquet. Mellette, recognized as an All-American on the Football Championship Subdivision by seven organizations, set a Southern Conference record with 1,639 receiving yards last season. The junior also led the league with 113 catches and 12 touchdown receptions. He finished fifth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. - Burlington Times News

05/03/2012 - The near future bodes well for the Phoenix, with some pundits predicting rising senior wide receiver Aaron Mellette as a potential draft pick next year. "It will be interesting if we can increase Aaron's numbers from a year ago," Swepson said after the Spring Game April 28. "I don't know how much you can increase 113 catches for 1700 yards" (he actually had 1,639 yards receiving) "but the thing we can increase is his touchdown production. He only had 12 a year ago, and we need 24 out of him this year for him to be where he wants to go in the draft. If he's getting 24 touchdown catches, then we're winning a lot of football games." Mellette was encouraged by the 33rd overall selection of Appalachian State University wide receiver Brian Quick, who has a similar build and playing style to the Elon all-Southern Conference pick. "It helps me out because now I know that I could get a chance to go second round if everything works out right," Mellette said. "Some of the guys think I could go first round." - Zachary Horner, The Pendulum

 
 
LATEST NEWS
04/08/2013 - 2013 Elon Pro Day: Aaron Mellette of Elon has workout scheduled with Colts...Representatives from one NFL team gathered at Elon's pro day on March 26, where three players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf in 45-degree temperatures under sunny skies. Aaron Mellette worked out previously at North Carolina State's pro day on March 20 and before that at the NFL Scouting Combine. Mellette (6-foot-2 7/8, 218) ran the short shuttle in 4.53 seconds at Elon's pro day, and opted to stand on the rest of his combine numbers.

Mellette has a workout scheduled with the Indianapolis Colts on April 10. Elon hasn't had a player drafted since the Jacksonville Jaguars picked defensive back Chad Nkang in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Rich McGeorge, a productive tighe end for the Green Bay Packers in the 1970s and College Football Hall of Famer, was a first-round selection in 1970 out of Elon by Green Bay. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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