If they handed out a spring MVP at Rams Park, the 2013 award probably goes to wide receiver Austin Pettis. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer all but said as much during a media session Tuesday.
“Quite honestly, he’s probably having the best camp of all the skill players,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s just a tireless worker. Very competitive. … He’s having a tremendous spring.”
When STL’s Chris Givens has been off the board for 12 rounds in your startup draft, a report like this will make Austin Pettis seem pretty pretty pretty attractive. That’s what happened to me the other day as I saw this report, remembered briefly that Pettis had an outstanding TD rate in the red zone last year (4tds on 9 rz targets) and also that he’d been excellent in the red zone in college. So I figured what the hell and drafted Pettis in the 21st round of our 14 team league.
I’ve posted Pettis’ heatmap from the College Career Graphs app below. His numbers were good all around if viewed on a raw basis. They were less impressive in terms of Market Share. But his Red Zone TD Rate was outstanding in college. He turned 49% of all of his red zone targets into touchdowns and even if you filter out the bottom 70th percentile of defenses, he still turned 46% of his red zone targets into touchdowns.
Given the mouths to feed in the STL offense, Pettis probably isn’t worth any more than the late flier I used on him, but I do like his upside in the STL offense given his proven ability to turn targets into touchdowns.