The Baltimore Ravens now own one of the league’s top tight end duos in Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels, formerly of the Houston Texans. But both veterans tend to have issues with staying on the field, so Baltimore invested in a very good insurance policy during the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft with Colorado State‘s Crockett Gillmore.
Gillmore, a 6-foot-6, 260 pound monster, was perhaps the best blocking tight end in the draft class this past May. Gillmore may have played against lower level talent, but shined during his time at the Senior Bowl and again during the NFL Combine in February.
Gillmore’s length is what makes him so intriguing for Baltimore’s offense and it’s certainly something QB Joe Flacco will love. His 34-inch arms give him a wide catch radius and his ability to win jump-ball situations is through the roof due to his arm length, height and leg explosion as evident by his 34-inch vertical and his 120-inch broad jump at the combine.
As stated above, Gillmore was perhaps the best in-line blocking TE in this past May’s class and has the ability to really compliment both Pitta and Daniels in this offense as both like to be split out wide as receivers.
Gillmore does need to work on getting stronger, though, as he can be overpowered easily by stronger defenders. He lacks the top-flight speed for the tight end position and is more of a possession-type tight end who will make a living from working in the red-zone and through the middle of the defense.
Gillmore has little competition for the No. 3 tight end position this season for Baltimore and will likely see some snaps from game to game as an in-line blocking tight end. He could be quite a valuable selection for Baltimore if either of its top two tight end options happen to go down with an injury at some point this season.