Sammie Stroughter is not an intimidating specimen, standing just 5-foot-9 and weighing in at just 185 lbs. However, defenders that take this kid lightly will be burnt … repeatedly. He has tremendous ball skills and body control both on the sideline and across the middle of the field, is technician-like in his route running and looks very natural catching the ball. His best asset is clearly his after-the-catch skills. He has tremendous wiggle that often makes defenders lose one-on-one battles to him in the open field. He’s not going to blow you away with speed, which is a big reason why he fell to the seventh round on draft day, but in small spaces he’s tough to wrap up.
His size was also a big reason for his draft day fall but perhaps the biggest reason is his mental makeup. It is tough to blame him for coming down with the case of depression that took over him just before the start of the 2007 season that was caused by the death’s of two close family members, but it was something NFL teams couldn’t (and didn’t) ignore draft day. He sat out the beginning of the 2007 season contemplating his football future. He bounced back in 2008 with a 1,000+-yard, seven-TD campaign after being granted an extra year of eligibility and decided to go forward with his football career, which caused him to even be a consideration draft day. This chip on his shoulder mentality was witnessed by the
He may never be given an opportunity to be anything more than a slot WR and/or returner, but if he’s going to get it he’ll get it in