Rookie Report: Rod Streater Not Your Ordinary Undrafted Player

On Monday night in Oakland, the nation got to see—thanks to a nationally televised game on ESPN—what the beat writers and coaches have been seeing: an undrafted rookie receiver that is making a serious push for playing time. 

In his debut, Rod Streater had six receptions for 66 yards playing with the No. 2 offense and accounted for more than half of Matt Leinart's completions.

Streater signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Temple after weighing offers from Green Bay and Tampa Bay. Streater ultimately chose the Raiders, partly because of the opportunity he would get in Oakland and partly because the Raiders were his favorite team growing up. 

How did this rookie gem slip past 32 teams more than seven times? The answer is simple enough: Streater had just 19 receptions his senior year at Temple. Streater didn't do much better his junior year, either, with only 30 receptions. Streater was such an unknown, he produced his own YouTube highlight videos in college. 

It's understandable how a guy with only 49 career receptions in college could slip between the cracks. Streater's 4.37 second 40-yard dash at 6'3", 200 pounds and history as a high-jumper at his junior college, Alfred State, made him an intriguing athlete and worthy of at least a camp invite. He also had a 11.2' broad jump and 37.5" vertical jump at his pro day, which certainly turned the head of a few scouts.

Reggie McKenzie recognized Streater's ability and was in constant contact with Streater's agent, D.S. Ping, before, during and after the draft, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Perhaps Ping convinced McKenzie to look a little closer at Streater and his 49 receptions because he produced 882 yards with his limited opportunities, good for 18.0 yards per reception. 

Streater is capable of making big plays. During his s...

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