Draft Prospects: Tight End

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The Ravens might be looking at bringing in a Tight End to the team in this year’s draft.  Let’s face it, after Todd Heap, the Tight End depth chart needs to be bolstered. This year analysts are saying that the Tight End class is a good one and there are numerous prospects that have potential.

Tight End prospects the in the upcoming draft:

Here is a list of some of the prospects with analysis compiled from around the Web along with some ‘Gab’ comments. Incorporated are links of video highlights.

Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma   H 6-5, W 261 Combine 40 Time: 4.76

Gresham suffered a season ending knee injury prior to the 2009 season. He has average speed but good hands along with size and athleticism.  Good route runner adjusts well to poorly thrown balls. Decent blocker downfield. His final season 2008: 66 receptions, 950 yards, 14 TD’s.

Ravens Gab Say’s: He’s a risky pick due the knee injury history, but if he stays healthy has all the tools to be a NFL player. Highlight film shows Gresham is a big target and physical after the run.

Anthony McCoy, USC  H 6-5, W 259 Combine 40 Time: 4.78

One of the better blocking TE’s in this class. Physical, willing to take a hit, strong hands. Great work ethic and reliable receiver would needs some fine tuning, but a good pick. His production could have been better and experts say he needs to improve his first steps/release off the line.

Ravens Gab Say’s: Check out the highlights. Would be an excellent target for Joe Flacco. McCoy’s stock is rising because he is one of the better blockers.

Dennis Pitta, BYU  H 6-4 W 245        Combine 40 Time: 4.63

Pitta made an impression at the NFL Combine this past weekend as he did well in the receiving drills. Showed excellent hands as well.   He rates as one of the best TE’s in the Country.  Though he would need to improve his blocking, he has excellent routes running skills and finds openings in the defense.  Pitta is an older senior in that he has five years of football at BYU plus a two year mission which will put him at 25 during his rookie season. Career: 159 receptions, 2072 yards, 13 TD’s.

Ravens Gab Say’s: Needs some bulk up a bit, has the credentials. Would be a good pick.

Ron Gronkowski, Univ. of Arizona   H 6-6 , W 264 Combine 40 Time: DNP

Good size and is a big target for the offense. Has speed and athleticism. Lacks downfield speed, but has versatility and runs all of routes necessary. Good blocker, been described as a “no nonsense blocker.”  Missed a total of 16 games over the past 2 years due to injuries or illness. Missed last year due to a back injury, that required surgery.  Doctors repaired L2 & L3 in his lower back.

Ravens Gab Say’s: It is a risky pick, health is a big concern. However, has the size and ability to be an NFL player.   Supposedly he has been cleared by his doctors. But did not run the 40? Too many red flags here.

Aaron Hernandez, Florida  H 6-2, W 245     Combine 40 Time: 4.56

Great hands and leaping ability. Consistent receiver. Would need to improve on blocking at the NFL level, but he shows great effort. Gets separation in coverage. In three seasons: 111 receptions, 1382 yards and 12 TD’s.

Ravens Gab Say’s: May seemed undersized, however plays tough and is a playmaker. Could make an immediate impact for a team.

Jimmy Graham, Miami  H 6-6, W 260 Combine 40 Time: 4.56

A converted Basketball player, Graham is impressing coaches with abilities at the combine. Played only one season at Miami. Lot’s of potential. His stock is moving up to the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

Ravens Gab Say’s: It will be hard for teams to pick a player in the early rounds with limited game experience. This is a case where a player can get some hype from the Combine.

Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh  H 6-1 , W 220   Combine 40 Time: 4.40

Excellent speed, Versatile athlete. Has played tight end, fullback, wide receiver and even played a bit of linebacker.   Dickerson is versatile and an intriguing pick. However, it may not relate to being a Tight end in the NFL. Projected round: 3-4

Ravens Gab Say’s: The Ravens need a taller and bigger framed TE.

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