Does he have the right level of production?
If you are familiar with the Tennessee Titans tendencies regarding receivers since Jon Robinson has taken over the draft, you probably know that it seems like more than almost anything, the Titans prioritize production.
Generally, a good rule is that a receiver needs to have two 1,000 yard seasons, and that will give you a great filter to use when evaluating prospects. Recently I have wondered if having 2,000 yards in your last two seasons combined is a better barometer for success, but either way, Bateman doesn’t hit that number in his two years of production.
That doesn’t mean that Bateman wasn’t productive, because his profile on the team site is littered with references to his outstanding production in both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
But, he is 200 yards shy of the most lenient filter that is 100% effective in figuring out the wide receivers that the Titans like during the draft process.
Is his instant impact at a young age and his progression enough to give him a pass? I think so, but it would break a half-decade long trend.