6-5/263 Oklahoma State
Pros: Has excellent size and hands. Does a nice job snatching the ball out of the air and comes up with it most times in traffic. Has good strength and physical runner after the catch. Shows some quickness as a runner with nice speed. Can stretch defenses and gets a good release off the line. Is a good blocker because of his size and strength and shows potential to dominate there.
Cons: Not always a consistent blocker and needs to work to get better position at times. Doesn't always lock onto defender. Doesn't always secure the ball before turning upfield and needs to improve concentration, dropping some passes. Doesn't always make the tough grab in traffic. Has a tendency to tip off his route by his release off the line. Also leans forward at the snap and might be susceptible to false starts. A passionate player that has some character concerns.
Overview: He's got a lot of potential and ability as a blocker, but also a very good receiver. Really was underused in Oklahoma State offense, particularly in the redzone. Didn't have a single TD reception, mainly because OK State favored Dez Bryant so much. Missed 3 games early in the year with ankle sprain. Involved in fight after 2007 season in which he hit a police officer. Plead guilty to misdemeanor battery and assault later in the year and was given a fine and community service.
NFL Forecast: He's going to need some coaching up. The little things like his tendency to false start, tip his routes, and working on his footwork and technique as a blocker can all be fixed. He probably won't have a huge impact right away in the league, but if you coach him up some he could be a really special tight end within a few years. If you can refine his technique as a blocker, he can be a dominant guy. It's his receiving potential that really is the question mark. But he's a natural receiver and if you throw him the ball, he's usually going to catch. Doesn't have great burner speed, but his combo of size, quickness, and burst means that he can challenge defenses vertically. So it's really unlikely that he won't be an impact player in the passing game as well. Character really is the only major question mark about his ability. There were moments where he looked like he was pouting from not getting the ball, which was constantly at Oklahoma State. And if he can't stay focused on football, then it doesn't matter how talented he is, then he's not going to live up to his potential. BUt he definitely has the athletic ability and potential to be an elite tight end. You put him on a team with strong veteran leadership, I think you're going to have a solid player. Put him on a team that is looking to "find" itself, and he may be somewhat a disappointment.
ATL Forecast: Pettigrew could be a very good player for the Falcons. His potential as a receiver could really open up another element in the passing game, making teams pay for doubling Roddy on the outside, and able to make them pay if they cheat their safeties up to try and stop Turner. He is not as polished a blocker as Peelle and Hartsock are right now, but there isn't a huge drop-off, and within a year or two he should surpass both guys. And he's definitely an upgrade in the passing game. Mularkey's offense won't ever really feature him the same way that another team's would, but he has the potential to be as good if not a better tight end than Jason Witten.
Value: Pettigrew is definitely a first round pick. On potential alone, he's definitely worth a Top 15 pick, but his character concerns probably knock him down to a guy that should be taken in the latter half of the round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BODY CONTROL: 4.0
Scouting Reports of tight ends in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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