After addressing all three levels of the defense with their first three draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens turned to the offensive side of the ball to round out their three-player haul on Friday night, selecting Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore.
Selecting a tight end wasn’t a surprise, but drafting Gillmore in the third round was, as he was expected by many to be a day three pick.
Baltimore needed another tight end, however, and with the talent pool at the position lacking at the end of the third round, getting Gillmore before another tight end-needy team could grab him could pay off for the Ravens.
The first thing that jumps out about Gillmore is his huge 6’6, 260-pound frame and 10 3/8″ hands.
As big of a tight end prospect as you’ll find this year, Gillmore is tough to bring down after the catch, and for a team lacking red zone threats last season, he could make his first NFL impact in that role.
Given his size Gillmore proved to be an adequate blocker in college, and will have to provide some blocking value to touch the field in two-tight-end formations.
In a Gary Kubiak offense that puts plenty of focus on the tight ends in the passing game, Baltimore may be the perfect home for Gillmore.
His size allows him to win contested catches on a consistent basis, and he can get moving up the field after the catch with surprising ease for someone with such a big frame.
With Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels already on the roster, Gillmore will come in as the third tight end on the depth chart. But with Daniels only in Baltimore on a one-year deal and Pitta recently re-signed, the duo of Pitta and Gillmore is what fans should get used to moving forward.
The pick came as a bit of a surprise, but if Baltimore was going to take a tight end in this year’s draft, it needed to happen sooner than later.
Gillmore is an intriguing developmental option, and should provide value as a rookie, but the plans are likely for him to be a viable piece in the offense in the assumed post-Daniels era, if the veteran is indeed only in Baltimore for one year.
At the very least, Gillmore can provide Baltimore some mismatches in the end zone to kick off a hopefully promising career.