Examining the Ravens 2010 draft class. Part two the tight ends
Part two of my three part series which looks at the Baltimore Ravens 2010 draft class. This entry looks at the tight ends the Ravens selected in this draft. They selected Ed Dickson in the 3rd round and Dennis Pitta in the 4th round.
Ed Dickson: Third round- Dickson saw time his rookie season primarily as a blocking tight end. When he was drafted, draft experts were worried about his blocking. Dickson had 1 touchdown in his rookie season and already has one touchdown in the 2011 season.
Dickson started college as a wide receiver and has receiver skills. He ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at the NFL combine which matches some wide receivers. Dickson can easily outrun most linebackers and some safeties, which makes him a major threat as a receiver. He is a tough matchup for corners because of his size; he has a 6 foot 4 inch, 249 pound frame.
I think Dickson will have a great season. He got off to a great start in the first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, leading the team in receptions at five. Dickson has all the physical tools to be a great tight end.
Dennis Pitta: fourth round- Pitta is more mature than most second-year players because he spent time on a Mormon mission in the middle of his college career. Pitta was a walk-on at BYU as a wide receiver but moved to the tight end position.
Only slightly slower than Dickson, Pitta is a carbon copy of former Raven Todd Heap. Pitta is great in the short and intimated routes, while Dickson excels more in the vertical game. At the NFL combine he ran a 4.63 40-yard dash.
Pitta only had one reception in his rookie season, as he was the third tight end. He has already beaten those numbers this season, with two receptions for 45 yards against the Steelers.
I think Pitta will have a very solid season for the Baltimore Ravens. He is a smart, athletic player, with great hands and size. He may not put up fantasy numbers but do not let that fool you, he will play a big part in the Ravens offense. Do not be surprised if he shows some craftiness with the ball in his hands.