Is Charleston Rambo the next great Oklahoma wide receiver?
There are very few certainties in life after death and taxes. However, you can always count on the Oklahoma Sooners developing a top wide receiver prospect come April. This year, it may be standout receiver Charleston Rambo who makes a splash for the Sooners.
With Lincoln Riley’s high-powered offense, a new Sooner receiver always finds their way to the top of draft boards. Since 2015, before Riley, the Sooners have churned out prospects. Dorial Green-Beckham, Sterling Shepherd, Dede Westbrook, Marquise Brown, and CeeDee Lamb were all highly graded receivers in their respected draft classes.
Pro Football Network’s A.J. Schulte expects Rambo to take that leap in 2020 after the departure of Lamb:
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"“With Spencer Rattler coming in as a high ceiling as a passer with an incredible arm, Rambo’s ability as a deep threat will be a prominent feature in the Sooners offense. He’ll play a large part in getting back to the high-flying, high-octane offense that Oklahoma fans are accustomed to (Schulte via PFN).”"
Sadly for the rest of the Big 12, the Sooners have another receiver who will be turning heads this fall by the name of Charleston Rambo. Besides already having an elite name, Rambo can ball. Rambo is a redshirt junior standing at 6-foot-1 180 pounds. Rambo hauled in 43 passes for 743 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 17.3 yards per catch, a good rate for a young receiver. Rambo was the second option in Sooners offense behind first round pick CeeDee Lamb. He should see an increase in targets and production in 2020.
Rambo has a lot to like about his game. For starters, he’s an exceptional athlete with great speed and wins a lot with it. His release is quick and gets leverage on cornerbacks in press. He has a good start and stop ability and creates separation downfield to take the top off of defenses. I love his ability as a vertical receiver and does well to track the ball downfield. He flashed some ability to adjust to the ball and high point it.
There’s a couple of areas where Rambo needs to improve to become that special receiver prospect. While he is perhaps not a top-10 receiver in the class just yet, he could rise to the occasion with new quarterback Spencer Rattler under center in Norman.
He’s got reliable hands but could get in trouble by using his body too much. He isn’t physical in his routes and can get pushed off of them. I would like to see him add some weight to his frame. He could fill out more while keeping his speed. It’ll be nice to see his target volume increase to all levels of the field.
Charleston Rambo is an extraordinary deep threat that can threaten any defense with his speed. Teams will love his yards after catch ability too. I can see Rambo slipping into that second tier of receivers in this class and being a quality day two pick. With a huge year Rambo could put his name right up there with the top receivers.