Draft Profiles: Brandon Pettigrew

bpettigrewBrandon Pettigrew: TE, Senior – Oklahoma State

Height/Weight: 6’6″, 260 lbs

Career Stats: 112 receptions, 1,450 yards, 12.9 ypc, 9 TDs

40-Time: 4.80

Pettigrew’s numbers don’t look overly impressive, but when you take into account the spread offense Oklahoma State used, he held his own. He’s a physical blocker who will be a major asset in the run game. Catches the ball naturally. Pettigrew is blessed with size and athleticism. His ability to operate between the hashes makes him a valuable red zone target. Should be drafted early, likely in the mid to late first round.

Best Attribute: In-line blocking is second to none.

Weakness: Lacks ideal speed.

Reminds me of: Daniel Graham. Graham has had a solid, if not spectacular career. He’s never really lived up to his draft status. Ironically, he was picked #21 overall in 2002.

Why he should be an Eagle: Not only would he help the red zone woes, but his willingness to block would benefit in short yardage situations. Won’t be Antonio Gates, but could be a reliable contributor for years to come. My feeling is Reid will not select a tight end in the 1st round.

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  • http://heardinthecheapseats.com/ Chris Iafolla

    Thanks for the scouting report Scott.  I think you painted an accurate picture of the ceiling of Pettigrew.  He is never going to be a huge downfield threat, but he still creates matchup problems.  He is far to big for most safeties and just a tad too quick for LBs.  at 6’6″ he is a huge asset in the red zone on passing plays.  But more than that, he opens up the playbook and keeps defenses honest when the field gets short.  He would be a solid move, but I tend to agree that Reid will go another direction.

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Scott

    I really like Pettigrew’s potential, but I’m not sure he’s worthy of a 1st round pick. If he lasts to #21 and Reid snags him, I will be very surprised.

  • Ian

    I am really glad you did this, because I feel very strongly against drafting Brandon Pettigrew. I will freak out if the Eagles take Pettigrew, because he has bust written all over him.

    Pettigrews numbers are flat out terrible. 112 receptions, 1,450 yards, 12.9 ypc, 9 TDs He Should Have much better stats than that after 4 years! What is especially dissapointing is his senior year stats of his worst ypc 11.2 and ZERO touchdowns. That is not a redzone target that is just awful.

    Compare Pettigrews numbers to my favorite tight end in this draft Chase Coffman. 247 receptions for 2,659 yards and 30 TDs. That is called getting it done! Coffman also plays in a wide open spread offense, and in my opinion that hurts Pettigrew even more that his stats are so bad.

    One thing you said is that Pettigrew is ‘blessed with size and athleticism’. Well the size he definitely has, but he is not blessed with athleticism. He is a big slow, unathletic blocking tight end. Look at his own highlight video posted above. It’s only 1:29 long and there was not one play on there where I said WOW what a great athletic play. Almost every play was an underneath catch, and he gets hit or tackled almost immeditaley every time!

    The one time where he actually turns around and has some space to run they show him fumbling the ball!

    Then to show off his great blocking ability the last play shows a RB getting stuffed for a loss!

    I want a great tight end who catches the ball, and then does something with it. Make a defender miss, break tackles, stiff arm defenders, strecth the field, line up in the slot,  and do something to make big plays. This guy does not do that. He is a slow lumbering blocking tight end, and you draft blocking tight ends in round 4 and after not round 1.

    I think Pettigrews ceiling is Pettigrew to be an even slower version of Chris Baker. Drafting him in the first round will be a colossal mistake for any team.

    I would much rather draft Chase Coffman or Travis Beckum. Stay away from this big fat bust Pettigrew.

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Scott

    Ian – For his size, he’s still athletic. Coffman, Cook and Nelson are all twenty pounds lighter. The highlight tape is not very telling. OK St. didn’t use him properly in the red zone. He stayed in to block the majority of snaps. I still think he can be a threat like Daniel Graham. Graham scores TDs, but doesn’t rack up Gates-like numbers.

    He can block. In the Texas game he ate up Brian Orakpo repeatedly. He will excel in that area. That being said, I agree he’s not a first rounder or a down field threat. I’ve soured on him the more I watch him. He’s a 3rd round talent who has been severely overhyped. I’m confident Reid will agree.

    Coffman is just as slow as Pettigrew. I’m not a big fan of anyone who played in that Missouri offense. That was your typical college spread that put up gawdy numbers against terrible Big 12 defenses. I wouldn’t touch Jeremy Maclin either. I like Ingram from Florida. The guy is a playmaker and they might be able to snag him in the 3rd round.

    I’m certain they’ll get one of the top tight ends. It will be interesting to see who they like.

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