5-10/185 Oregon State
Pros: Has good hands and body control, laying out for passes. Is a capable route runner with good speed and quickness. Shows toughness and is an emotional leader for Oregon State. Gets after guys as blocker. A capable punt returner with big play mentality.
Cons: Undersized and it shows at times as a blocker. Not really a factor to line up outside. Needs to be more disciplined as a punt returner, wanting to bounce too many outside looking for the big play.
Overview: He's a leader for Oregon State, as he was one of the main ones pushing and prodding the fans and his teammates in the upset over USC. Battled through depression and injuries as a junior, but came back strong as a senior. He's an emotional guy that will chatter at defenses, but doesn't appear to be a head case. Missed most of junior year with kidney injury.
NFL Forecast: Stroughter will make a solid slot receiver. He's not an exceptional prospect, but does most things well to fit as a 30-catch guy in most offenses. He'll contribute as a return threat on special teams. The type of guy that appears willing to work to do the little things, so playing on coverage on special teams I don't think will be an issue. He'll be a valuable No. 3 target for a team, but lacks a starter's upside. Isn't really a playmaker on offense, just a reliable receiver that was a good bet to throw to on third downs at Oregon State. He should be a solid pro, but is a similar player to Steve Breaston.
ATL Forecast: Stroughter would help alleviate Douglas's load on special teams, giving him more opportunities on offense. He'd primarily be a return threat in Atlanta, although he'd be a decent fourth option in the passing game when the team goes to 4-wide and could use an extra slot receiver. He could be a nice 20-30 catch guy in Atlanta, but wouldn't rise higher than No. 3 on the depth chart.
Value: He's a guy that is worth a late fourth/early fifth round pick.
Scouting Reports of wide receivers in the 2009 NFL draft.
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