Brandon Pettigrew (TE), Oklahoma State
With the recent trade of Kellen Winslow to the Buccaneers, the Browns have a serious need at tight end and Pettigrew is the definition of value at 36. The Browns have other needs at running back, wide receiver, linebacker and corner but with Pettigrew falling this far, they'll plug him into the starting lineup from day one and never look back. Here's what we had to say about Pettigrew as a potential draft pick:
Positives: Brandon Pettigrew is an absolute beast for a tight end. Over 6'5, and he still has more room to grow (muscle). Has an impressive frame and muscular build. Most tight ends are catch-happy, while Pettigrew loves to block, and is freakishly strong at that. Excels at blocking for the running game. Uses natural strength to move defenders. Has an unusual quickness for his size, and can run through defenders effectively. Has sure hands and watches to see if the ball is secure first, before running with it. Will move a pile of defenders and truck any oncoming. He runs like a bull, and will often challenge a defender. Pettigrew has a tremendous upside, and is the most complete tight end in the draft.
Negatives: Brandon may use his natural skills more then polishing areas for improvement. He hasn't developed as a down-field threat yet, and may not command any double teams. Needs to improve overall on his receiving skills. May have character issues. Was arrested for a felony charge of assault and battery of a police officer in 2008. May not be NFL-durable as an ankle injury ruined his chance to blossom in 2008.
Overview: Pettigrew's stats were anything but spectacular in college and it may seem like a surprise that he is the top tight end in the draft. However, his size, strength, and natural skill make it hard to pass on him. His few areas of improvement seem like they will eventually come to him, and if he can avoid any character/attitude issues, he will be the next star tight end in the NFL.
First Round Pick: Brian Orakpo
Many thanks to Cardinal_Fang for submitting this pick. The Seahawks and KDean75 are now on the clock with the Bengals and LaCardsFan on deck. If anyone needs to refresh their memory on the second round draft order, check here.