TE, Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State
|At A Glance|
|Position 1: Tight End||Height: 6-6|
|Position 2:||Weight: 263|
|Projected Round: 1st-2nd||40time: 4.80|
|Bench Reps: 22||Vertical: 33|
|20yd Split: 2.70||Broad Jump: 9'10"|
|10yd Split: 1.70||20yd Shuttle: 4.37|
|3 Cone Drill: 7.12|
Pros: Prototype size for the position. Good overall musculature, yet has the frame to add additional mass. Physical and determined as a run blocker. Good initial pop and has the lateral quickness and upper body strength to sustain his blocks. Seems to enjoy the physical nature of blocking. Presents a large target to the quarterback and has strong, secure hands. Looks the pass in and quickly turns upfield to generate positive yardage after the catch. A mismatch for defenders due to his size and athleticism. Bullish runner who will drag defenders for extra yardage.
Cons: Remains a bit raw in his technique considering he has started four years. Relies on his size and advantage in athleticism to get a clean release from the line of scrimmage and gain separation from defenders as a route-runner. Struggled with an ankle injury in 2008, failing to capitalize on his opportunity to break out as a senior. Held without a touchdown in 2008. Arrested for a felony charge of assault and battery of a police officer outside of a Stillwater, Okla. party on Jan. 20, 2008, but it appears to have been an isolated incident.
From Scouting Report at Mocking the Draft:
Pettigrew is an NFL-ready tight end with good athleticism and a frame well-suited for the pros. Good enough athleticism to be a serious threat in the passing game. Has solid hands but tends to catch with his body from time to time. Size causes mismatches for defenders. He’s too fast for most linebackers and too big for safeties.
From "Ranking 2009 TEs in the NFL Draft" at Buffalo Rumblings:
Pettigrew is, by light-years, the most complete tight end prospect available this year, and perhaps in recent memory. Question his receiving numbers all you want, but the undeniable truth is that if the Bills are ever going to think that a tight end is perfect for their offense, this guy is it. He's ready to contribute to a winning organization right away, and he's still got solid upside as well.
Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:
- The 6-6, 265-pound tight end out of Oklahoma State is the closest thing there is to a "complete" tight end in this year's draft, which is why he will be the first tight end taken, and probably the only one selected in the first round.
"He's one of my favorite players in the draft," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "To me, he's the best of both worlds. He's not going to run a 4.6  or anything. He doesn't have explosive speed. But I know some coaches in the bottom half of the first round that are praying he runs a slow time here [at the scouting combine] so that he slides to them. He's that good of a football player." [see more...]
- All he did, in fact, was get measured and weighed (he's 6-foot-5 3/4 and 264 pounds), but even that didn't go smoothly. When scouts called Pettigrew's name from their alphabetical list of 12 former Cowboys working out for 19 teams, someone said, "He's not working out today."
The scout said, "I know he's not working out today, but we'd like to get another height and weight on you if you don't mind too much."
Pettigrew said he strained the muscle working out last Tuesday at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney, Texas. He was working specifically to improve a sagging sprint time at last month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds. He said he had run 4.68 at Oklahoma State last spring and had been in the mid-4.7s working out under Johnson's tutelage. [see more...]
- What Brandon Pettigrew has that some other tight ends in this class lack is the ability to block. Players like Missouri's Chase Coffman are better pass catchers and have a lot more experience in that department thanks to the Tigers' offense, but nobody has the full package like Pettigrew. At 6-6 and 260 pounds, Pettigrew is big, but he is also strong and that helps him out a lot as a blocker. He will also use that strength and his amazing body control to catch difficult passes with ease. [see more...]
- As said before, Pettigrew is very comparable to Jeremy Shockey. Pettigrew is first and foremost a great pass catcher for a tight end with his body makeup (6-5, 253). He is great in open field after making the catch, and can break tackles after grabbing those intermediate to short routes. Pettigrew also is a sound blocker. Grant it that his body type makes it hard to not succeed in blocking, but he is very willing and gives good effort consistently. [see more...]
- Pettigrew will be highly sought after on day one of the draft because of his NFL ready ability to compete in the trenches and potential to evolve into a top tier underneath receiving threat. While the arrest last year will cause teams to give a second look, Pettigrew is a hard working gamer that plays with the tenacity that could make him a top notch tight end in the NFL. [see more...]
- "Once last season, Pettigrew came to the sidelines begging his coaches to call a play to his side of the field. A running play. That's what makes him special. Plenty of tight ends will beg for the ball, trying to get their receiving numbers up. But Pettigrew wants to win, whether he's scoring touchdowns or opening holes for others to score them."
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Trooper Taylor said, "With his 6-foot-6, 265-pound frame, athletic ability and soft hands, Pettigrew would have a future in the NFL. His brutally physical blocking makes him a likely first-round draft choice. I've had tight ends that like to catch and not block, and ones that could block, but couldn't catch. But I've never had the combination like this. Whatever NFL team takes him is going to have them a special gem." [see more...]
- This is hyperbole indeed, but is it too far of a stretch to imagine Brandon Pettigrew developing into an Antonio Gates type player? Pettigrew has outstanding size and speed combination that is rarely seen in a tight end prospect. The tight end position has become all the rage in the National Football League as of late, and a prospect like Brandon Pettigrew can be used in such a variety of ways, he is sure to be coveted by many offensive minded coaches in the NFL. Brandon Pettigrew is head and shoulders above every other TE prospect in the 2009 NFL Draft, in fact he is the best tight end prospect since Vernon Davis and is destined to become a premier scoring threat in the National Football League. [see more...]
- Many TE today are one-dimensional, either they block or they catch, most can’t do both and a lot of TE are glorified receivers. Not Pettigrew. Blocking seems to be the most important part of the game to him, at least from what I’ve seen, and he never shies away from contact. Pettigrew is a huge part of State’s 2874 rushing yards and 34 TD. He uses his size superbly to drag defenders after the catch and create mismatches in the more congested parts of the field. His technique, while still not perfect, has come a long way since last season and he no longer relies solely on strength and agility in blocking and catching. His route running has also improved though he operates as mainly an underneath option. [see more...]
- I love Pettigrew's abilities as both a receiver and a blocker, and this is really rare. His talent warrants even a mid-first round draft pick, but could he drop with character concerns? Needs to be more productive in his senior season, especially considering the fact he is playing against competition 2-3 years younger than himself. [see more...]