Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Mar 2009

Brandon Pettigrew: More than Stats

This week's pre-draft player profile for the Washington Post focuses on Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew, the one elite block-and-catch tight end in a draft class full of pure blockers and vertical "big receivers" in spread offenses. Like John Carlson last season, Pettigrew could outshine the competition in the right offense.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 17 Mar 2009

4 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2009, 12:53pm by Doug Farrar


by Mike (not verified) :: Tue, 03/17/2009 - 11:03am

I admit, I was surprised when Carlson fell behind Bennet and Keller. I chalked it up to the fact that I'm a Notre Dame fan and was overrating him, and figured that the GMs had their reasons for taking the other two before him, but I was really happy when he turned out to be the best tight end taken.

by bubqr :: Tue, 03/17/2009 - 1:17pm

Not sure Carlson is the best TE. He was the most NFL ready, but people knew that before the draft. Dustin Keller will never be a "real" TE, so you can't really compare, but Bennett showed a lot of promise last year, and might end up being the best TE in the long run...

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Wed, 03/18/2009 - 12:42pm

I'm still holding out hope for Fred Davis as well. He didn't do much as a rookie, with the usual excuse being that "he didn't know the playbook well enough." I don't know exactly how to take that, but if it's true then he should make a huge leap this year. Of course it may not show up well in the conventional stats because he'll still be behind Cooley on the depth chart.

(Formerly "The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly")

by Doug Farrar :: Wed, 03/18/2009 - 12:53pm

Opportunity's obviously a big factor -- Carlson was ready, but he also benefited from the fact that Seattle was down to nothing at receiver pretty quick last season.