3 reasons Ravens fans are hyped about James Proche
3. His strength is reliability:
Proche isn’t super fast and he doesn’t have a huge frame. He’s a quick route runner with great hands. That’s his thing. Proche has a very low drop rate and he averaged just over 13 yards per reception at SMU. When you throw him the ball he catches it and he does something with it. This sounds simplistic, however this is exactly what gets the Baltimore fan base going.
This is the team that would have gone to the Super Bowl in 2011 if it weren’t for a dropped pass by Lee Evans. This is the franchise that drafted Breshad Perriman and the fanbase that lost patience with him in a heartbeat. If the Ravens get a receiver who they just know will bring in the ball just about every time, the fans will absolutely adore him. Every fanbase wants good hands but with Baltimore it’s a huge thing. That’s why Anquan Boldin is such a fan favorite. Joe Flacco knew trusted Boldin more than anyone and the fans had that same level of belief in Boldin. Proche is a much different type of player, but he has the reliability characteristic and that will make him popular in Baltimore.
There seems to be a sense that one way or another, the Ravens are getting something out of this draft pick. Proche could very easily be a special teams star, just like Chris Moore. Proche’s experience as a punt returner increases the chance of this.
This didn’t feel like a throw away pick. The signs are there of him being a diamond in the rough. The Ravens got a receiver prospect with an elite level of production in a great receiver draft class. It’s hard to predict that any sixth round pick will be a star. It’s also very hard to see Proche being a disappointment for the Ravens. He has a lot going for him and he doesn’t have to be a star for the Ravens to get gains from their sixth round investment.