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Sammie Stroughter (WR)
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 189
College: Oregon St.
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Roseville, CA
High School: Granite Bay
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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 24 (233)
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Pick Analysis: Stroughter is a quick-slot type of receiver. He had a kidney injury and took a medical redshirt last year. He's a good return guy and has good speed. The Buccaneers will look at him as a developmental project on the outside.
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Overview

For his first two years in Corvallis, Stroughter was primarily a return specialist. That all changed in 2006, as he accumulated 1,293 yards on 74 receptions -- and still managed to score three touchdowns on punt returns.


Unfortunately, he could not follow up that second-team All-Pac-10 performance in 2007 due to his battle with depression and a lacerated kidney. He came back from that redshirt season with a vengeance as a senior, earning first-team all-conference accolades by catching 70 passes for 1,040 yards and seven scores.


Stroughter's combination of receiving and return skills could land him a spot on an NFL roster in 2009. Had an arm span of 29 1/2 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.


High School

SuperPrep Magazine All-Region receiver and Rivals.com listed him 48th in its "athlete" category ... Member of TheInsiders.com Northwest Hot 100 list ... Played wide receiver, running back, defensive back and kick returner for head coach Ernie Cooper ... As an all-purpose back as a senior, he rushed for 986 yards on 126 carries (7.8 average) and scored 15 touchdowns ... Caught 31 passes for 618 yards (19.9 average) and six touchdowns ... Returned kickoffs for 322 yards and 22 punts for 395 yards and two touchdowns ... For his career, he produced 2,321 all-purpose yards ... First-team All-Sierra League and first-team all-section as a senior ... Also first-team all-metro as a senior by the Sacramento Bee ... His top prep game came as a senior against Rocklyn, when he rushed for 110 yards on just eight attempts and scored four touchdowns ... Also caught three passes for 52 yards and a score ... Second-team all-league as a sophomore ... Earned two letters in football and three in track ... Competing against some of the best high school athletes in Northern California, he placed second in both the boys' 100-meter dash and long jump at the Stanford Invitational.


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Analysis

Positives: Good lateral quickness and surprising strength to gain a release from press coverage. Good foot quickness and balance as a route-runner. Can generate consistent separation despite less than ideal deep speed. More quick than fast. Elusive. Can make defenders miss in small quarters and has the vision to set up blocks to turn short and intermediate routes into long gains. Can make the spectacular catch due to his body control and flexibility. Generally reliable hands. Tough. Willing to go over the middle and can absorb a big hit and hang on to the ball. Size, agility and toughness to project nicely as a slot receiver.


Negatives: Smaller than scouts would like. Lacks the straight-line speed to challenge NFL cornerbacks over the top. Marginal late acceleration and can be caught from behind. Prone to lapses in concentration and drops too many passes. Teams will explore the personal issues appearing before the 2007 season.


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