Junior Report: Brandon Pettigrew
J.D., a young Bleacher Report writer and creator of The Sports Report with J.D., contacted me to see if I wanted to post some of his articles on the site. Always looking to encourage an aspiring writer, I agreed. J.D. discusses Brandon Pettigrew.
Brandon Pettigrew, to me, is the number one ranked tight end in the NFL Draft. He ran the 40-yard-dash three times. The scouts went with his 4.87 time, which is pretty good. Pettigrew is, no doubt, a five-star caliber player.
Pettigrew has great size. He’s 6’5″ and almost 260 pounds! He has good hands catching the ball, and great down-field blocking ability!
He’s not without his weaknesses though. He doesn’t always runs crisp routes, he sometimes catches the ball with his body rather than his hands, and he will be 24 years old as a rookie, whichis older than the average senior. He has character issues to he has an arrest on his record.
He is a big, physical Tight End. He jumps off the snap and is ready to go. He is a reliable passing target. He has been in workouts with the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, and Cleveland Browns.
The Jets could use Pettigrew to compliment Dustin Keller. Pettigrew would be a nice fit with the Atlanta Falcons, though, who are in a huge need of a Tight End. They still haven’t adequately replaced Alge Crumpler.
Pettigrew reminds me TEs like Marcedes Lewis or Alge Crumplerbecause of his athletic ability. They can all catch passes, as well as block very well.
Pettigrew’s stats have been improving over the years. In his first year, 2005, he had 11 catches for 128 yards with one TD. Pettigrew also finished with 11.6 yards per catch. In 2006 he had 24 catches for 310 yards and 4 TDs. He improved to 12.9 yards per catch. In my opinion 2007 was his best year. He had 35 catches for 540 yards and 4 TDs. He finished with 15.4 yards per catch, including a 54-yard-touchdown.
Last year as a Senior Pettigrew finished with 42 catches for 472 yards, which was good for 11.2 yards per catch. His numbers could have even been better as he missed four games that year.
Pettigrew led Oklahoma State to the Holliday Bowl against Oregon. Unfortunately, they lost, 42-31. Pettigrew caught six catches for 51 yards.
Pettigrew finished his career at Oklahoma State with 112 receptions for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns. He should be able to make the transition to the next level.
A look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown: #21 to the Philadelphia Eagles
WalterFootball.com: #24 to the Atlanta Falcons
Draft King: #21 to the Philadelphia Eagles
Consensus Draft Services: #21 to the Philadelphia Eagles
The Football Expert: #28 to the Philadelphia Eagles
War Room Report: #21 to the Philadelphia Eagles