Name:*Robert Meachem College:TennesseeOn Disk: #3 Height: 6-2 Weight: 214 Position:WRPos2: Class/Draft Year:Jr/2007 40 Time:4.3940 Low: 4.36 40 High: 4.42
Projected Round:1Stock: Rated number 2 out of 287 WR's17 / 2344 TOTAL
*Robert Meachem Snapshot
Draft Scout Snapshot: 29-383-13.2-2 in '05. 25-459-18.4-4 in '04. Redshirted '03.
Meachem lined up at split end in 2005, starting vs. Alabama-Birmingham and Memphis. Despite only two starts, he led the team with 29 receptions for 383 yards (13.2 avg) and two touchdowns while playing in 11 contests. He also returned two kickoffs for 41 yards (20.5 avg). The 2006 season was Meachem's breakout year. He moved to flanker and led the SEC with 1,298 receiving yards. He was second in the conference with 11 touchdown receptions and averaged 5.46 receptions per game....Full *Robert Meachem Draft Profile
After Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson there is a logjam at receiver. At 6-3, 210 pounds, Meachem could jump up the board considerably if he runs in the low 4.4s.
*Robert Meachem Combine Transcript
Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee
Transcribed by Terry McCormick, Nashville City Paper
HT: 6-2, WT: 214
Receiver group deep, how do you compare?
We're all tall, big and physical and we each do our own thing.
Mine is yards after the catch, I would say.
On three UT receivers being here (Bret Smith, Jayson Swain)?
For us, me, Bret and Swain, we all wanted to bring Wide Receiver
U. back to Tennessee, and the only way we could bring it back was
through hard work, and I think that's why all of us are
[at the Combine] right now.
On competition with schools like Tenn., Ohio St., Fla.,
LSU having multiple receivers here?
There's great competition. Ohio State has two, LSU has two,
we have three. It's an honor to be here and to be on the same
playing field with each other and not as rivals right now.
We're all trying to do the same thing.
Making transition from college to NFL?
For one, just putting God first, taking it one day at a time,
learning everything, learning the system as quickly as possible
and working hard day in and day out. Don't ever give up.
Teams most interested?
I don't know. They've probably called my agent [Jeff Griffin].
I've told him, 'Don't tell me who called.'
What teams have spent most time here with you?
Just about all of them, I would say.
Do you plan to do a full workout?
Will you be disappointed if you don't get picked in the first round?
How high a priority?
It's a high priority for me and my family. It's something that we've
always talked about. It's always been one of my goals.
Why a big jump in production from soph. year to junior year?
I attribute it to God, and me asking Him to come back into my life.
My little girl [Adrianna] was born. I would say Coach [David]
Cutcliffe and Coach [Trooper] Taylor staying on me and that we
didn't rotate as much.
Was there a time you got away from the Lord?
In '05, I went through a spell where I felt like I could do it on
my own. He humbled me and showed me, 'I still run the show.' So I
had to call Him for help. In the '05 season, we had a terrible
season at Tennessee. And for me, I felt like at times, I could
have made bigger and better plays, and at times I didn't make the
plays that needed to be made. I knew there was only one person
that could help me do that.
What it lack of discipline or concentration?
It wasn't either of those things. It was just that at times in
games, plays weren't made. It wasn't from just me, but from every position.
About Smith and Swain?
Bret Smith is like a brother, him and Swain are like brothers
to me. Without those two guys, I probably wouldn't have had the
season I had this year, because you couldn't double one of us.
And for Bret to play in the slot, it took a lot of pressure off
me and Swain. Bret came to practice ready to work every day.
For one of us, if you see one of slowing down or something like
that, you'd see one of the others say, 'Come on, we've got to pick it up.'
About Bret Smith?
Bret's got great hands, runs great routes, reads
coverages well and he's a coachable player.
My strengths are my hands, reading coverages and my yards
after the catch. And I'm a coachable player.
Interest from Titans who are close by?
They've probably been talking to my agent, but I don't know.
How well have you gotten to know Calvin Johnson and Ted Ginn?
I got to know Calvin Johnson pretty well at the All-American Awards Show.
We got to know each other. I haven't gotten a chance to meet with
Ted Ginn, Jr. I got a chance to meet Dwayne Jarrett, Dwayne Bowe
and Sidney Rice. All three of us worked out at the same place, so
we all get along pretty good.
History at Tennessee, going back to Willie Gault, etc. How does that affect you guys?
For one, that's the history of Tennessee. We're known for great
running backs and great receivers. We've had two great
quarterbacks _ Peyton [Manning] and Tee Martin. But as far as
receiver, if you want to be one of the best receivers, a great
receiver, you've got to go to a great place, and a lot of great
receivers have come out of the SEC.
Where are you from?
Why come to Tennessee from there?
I wanted to be able to grow up. I wanted to be able to get away from
home and try to do things on my own. I think if I'd gone to OU, I
could always call my mom and ask for help and she'd be
right down the street.
Would you prefer to be counted on right away or learn behind veterans, like with Rams?
In my case, you always want to learn. You're never too old to
learn and whatever I can do to help the team win, that's what I'll do.
On deciding to pass up senior year?
I felt like God [wants me to]. I took a day of fasting. I asked
God for help, and He told me it was time to move on.
On high school days, playing football and basketball?
That was a great experience for me as a kid, because me and my
friends [talked about]. We all grew up saying we were going to
play for a state championship and play for colleges or the NBA one day.
Better at football or basketball?
I was just as good at both of them.
We didn't win any in football. We made it to the state finals.
Scouts want him to work on?
They want to see me run faster, and they want to see
me come in and out of my breaks.
Expect to run here?
I'll let you know on Sunday. Me, I expect to run a 4.3.
Jump from '05 to '06?
For one, we rotated receivers a lot. In '05 there were seven
of us and all seven of us played. In '06, just three of us played
the most _ me, Bret and Swain. Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Taylor
had a lot to do with that, and I brought God back into my life.
On his daughter?
When you have your first born, it's always something special, and
you don't want to let them down in any way. I figure it's going to
be a big step being a father, and I want to do everything possible
to make sure that she has everything in her world and her way
that she can possibly get.
Best cornerback faced?
I would say Chris Houston of Arkansas. He was an aggressive
corner who played his technique real well. He had safety help
and he knew that. And by him having safety help he got to relax
and play the way he wanted to play.
Recent Draft Scout *Robert Meachem News
09/12/13 - WR Robert Meachem was inactive for last week's game after signing at mid-week, but could suit up for Sunday's game with the Bucs.
09/04/13 - WR Robert Meachem is back with the Saints after the Saints announced Tuesday they signed Meachem to a one-year contract.
In three seasons with the Saints from 2009 through 2011, Meachem had 129 receptions and 20 touchdown catches.
He signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent last season, but had only 14 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers in 2012.
The Saints needed another wide receiver after Joe Morgan was lost for the season with a knee injury.
09/04/13 - WR Robert Meachem was signed to a one-year contract on Tuesday, but it's not known if he'll be up to speed on the offense to play in Sunday's game with the Atlanta Falcons.
09/02/13 - WR Robert Meachem made a late run at a roster spot by catching four passes for 23 yards against the 49ers. But he suffered a concussion in the third quarter and didn't return. He also won't be returning as a Charger after be let go in a move that was expensive for the Chargers in that he will count more than $6 million against the cap.
Another well-known name not to survive was LT Max Starks, a 10-year pro who was on three Super Bowl teams with the Steelers before the Chargers signed him in the offseason. He was in a spirited battle with King Dunlap for the starting spot but he gave up considerable ground as the summer matured. He then allowed three sacks in the final preseason game, a game in which Starks called the worst of his celebrated career.
08/31/13 - WR Robert Meachem was released by the San Diego Chargers on Saturday, despite being still owed $5 million in guaranteed base salary for 2013, according to USA Today.
A former first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2007, Meachem signed a $25.5 million free agent contract with the Chargers prior to the 2012 season.
Meachem caught only 14 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns last season, but saw his playing time significantly reduced in the second half of last season, including going the final six games without a reception.