As one NFL season ends, the next is set to begin with the 2022 NFL Draft on the horizon. In our latest installment of scouting reports to help guide your fantasy football teams, we look at Miami (FL) WR Charleston Rambo. What are Rambo’s strengths and weaknesses, which teams could be potential landing spots for him in the NFL Draft, and what is his fantasy outlook?
Charleston Rambo NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Wide Receiver
- School: Miami (FL)
- Current Year: Redshirt Junior
- Height: 6′ 5/8″
- Weight: 180 pounds
- Wingspan: 77 3/8″
- Arm: 31 7/8″
- Hand: 9 5/8″
Charleston Rambo’s fantasy football scouting report
Rambo started his collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma, spending three years in the Lincoln Riley system. Yet, as other players saw their roles and stock increase — such as Marquise Brown, CeeDee Lamb, and Marvin Mims — Rambo didn’t command the same volume. His best season for the Sooners came in 2019 when he recorded 742 yards and 5 TDs on 43 receptions with QB Jalen Hurts.
Rambo knew a change was needed and transferred to Miami (FL) for his senior season. Here, he showcased his skills rather than being lost in the shuffle at OU. Rambo led the Hurricanes across the board in receiving, hauling in 79 of 119 targets for 1,172 yards and 7 touchdowns. Not only were his 26.8% reception share and 2.53 YPTPA (yards per team passing attempt) the best of his career, but also some of the better stats in the ACC as a whole.
What makes this more impressive is the turmoil at QB. D’Eriq King was supposed to be the starter and take a step forward in the offense but suffered an injury. King only played the first three games. Then Jake Garcia recorded a start before freshman Tyler Van Dyke was under center for the final 10 games.
Rambo showed strides in development at Miami
A perimeter player (roughly 90% in 2021), Rambo’s season earned him a trip to the Shrine Bowl. What also contributed was the step forward he took as both a route runner and ball catcher, two things you kind of need to be good at as a receiver.
While Rambo still needed to develop a more diverse route tree, his route consistency took a step forward at Miami. He became better in his breaks and also driving across the field when the play called for it rather than fading away from the QB, which allowed DBs to undercut the ball.
At the line, Rambo gets great width on his outside jab step to shift the weight of the CB in press coverage. Once moved, Rambo uses his hands to keep the CB from jamming him, allowing him to get a clean release more times than not. Due to his burst, once Rambo gets that initial step, he creates separation quickly on inward-breaking routes where he appears to be at his best.
Rambo also does well getting an outside release, especially if the CB opts to flip his hips rather than punching at the line. He does well stacking the corner vertically and shows strong ball-tracking ability and an impressive second gear once he opens his stride.
Room for improvement in key areas
This doesn’t mean there are no concerns or that Rambo is a flawless prospect. For one, NFL teams may not see him as a perimeter “X” or “Z” receiver. It’s more likely he’s a developmental Y in a spread offense. Drops were an issue at Oklahoma.
While he improved this at Miami, Rambo is not one I would consider a natural or confident catcher — it’s going to be a question at the NFL level. At times, opting to let the ball come into him rather than getting out ahead of it and attacking the ball.
Also, for a guy as quick as Rambo is, he didn’t exude a ton of YAC ability. He has moderate contact balance and physicality, so this would be an area of concern, yet could be improved as well.
Rambo has modest strength but is willing to get physical. However, several times he came out on the losing end, allowing a CB to get his hands on him first and alter both his release and route. It’s like the saying goes, everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
Rambo brings value as a No. 3 option
Rambo will need to learn a more interior route tree if he does move inside as suggested. That’s going to take time. Also, it was rare to see him used in motion, but that is scheme-based. The fact he was an invitee to the Shrine Bowl means teams are looking at him. Rambo made the most of it and hauled in the catch of the week during practice, laying out for a catch between two defenders after getting a clean outside release.
While Rambo might not be a Day 1 starter, he has traits teams look for, which brings value to fantasy. If he continues to build on the momentum, both in the NFL Combine through good testing and in OTAs and rookie camp, there is a path where Rambo works his way into a No. 3 role at the next level. Odds are he will need to contribute in other ways first, possibly special teams, but Rambo could reward a patient team in one or two years.
Potential landing spots for Rambo
With the NFL Draft closing in, which teams make the most sense for Rambo as projected landing spots? Based on his scouting report, fantasy managers should keep their eye on these NFL franchises come draft day.
New Orleans Saints
It’s hard to get a read on the Saints as there are so many questions. What will the offense look like with Sean Payton retired? Who will be under center as Taysom Hill only got those opportunities due to Payton? Will Michael Thomas be back, and how close will he look to the receiver we last saw back in 2020? Oh, and how do they handle being a projected $76.16 million over the salary cap?
After years of saying, “this is the year Tre’Quan Smith breaks out” and it never happening, he’s set to hit free agency (as is Juwan Johnson and Deonte Harris). Marquez Callaway showed signs of being a potential No. 1 perimeter option for the team, but overall depth is a concern at WR for the Saints.
While I’m sure they would like a more polished receiver, Rambo fits what this team could do and their need for a WR. As PFN Draft Director Cam Mellor stated, Rambo was unguardable for essentially the entire practice at the Shrine Bowl. Perhaps this could signify things to come should the Saints come marching into Rambo’s life on draft day.
Despite adding several receivers last offseason, the Detroit Lions still need help at receiver. Josh Reynolds, Kalif Raymond, and KhaDarel Hodge are all set to become free agents in March.
This leaves Amon-Ra St. Brown and Quintez Cephus to carry the load. St. Brown can do it. We saw that last year when both T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift were out. St. Brown carried the offense, recording six straight games of 10+ targets with 51 receptions, 560 yards, and 5 touchdowns. I’m still dancing from this. However, they need more. I expect them to address it in free agency — so does PFN NFL Analyst Dalton Miller, who suggested Jakobi Meyers as a fit with Detroit.
Rambo could be in play here as well for a landing spot come April when the draft kicks off. St. Brown played in the slot most of the season. However, it was closer to a 60/40 split in the final six, where he saw success.
Adding in someone like Rambo could help the Lions mix and match personnel and alignment. Dan Campbell might not love Rambo’s lack of strength, but he will appreciate his willingness to fight on the field.
After the fiasco knows as the Urban Meyer era came to a close, the Jaguars were left picking up the pieces. Their first move was bringing in offensive-minded head coach Doug Pederson to take the helm. His job is to get the career of Trevor Lawrence off the ground. He’s got too much talent. They’ll undoubtedly go OL with the first selection to give him protection, but Lawrence needs weapons.
DJ Chark Jr. and Laquon Treadwell are free agents, leaving Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault Jr., and Jamal Agnew as the primary targets. Assuming the NFL might view Rambo as an unpolished gem, he could add both depth and upside while this offense figures itself out.
Shenault and Agnew can continue to work inside. Jones then takes the X and Rambo the Z. This lets the Jags run 4WR sets to spread defenses out while needing to worry about Travis Etienne coming out of the backfield. Likely a Day 3 pick, Rambo brings upside for a minimal cost investment.