PROS: Has good speed and burst and is able to get separation. Gets a good release off the line and has the ability to challenge defenses down the field. Has good hands and shows concentration. Uses his size well to shield defender and make catch in traffic. Has nice body control, laying out for the pass. Is a capable blocker in space, able to get out on the second level and take out linebacker. Shows some willingness and pop as a blocker and can be a somewhat effective lead blocker.
CONS: Needs to improve his route-running in order to make a possible conversion to wide receiver as he lacks a lot of polish there. Will occasionally drop some passes and needs to do a better job tracking the deep ball. Lacks strength and is undersized as a blocker. Not reliable when working inline.
OVERVIEW: He's a classic tweener, but is the rare type where it could make him a better NFL player. Is essentially an undersized tight end that has the speed and quickness to move to wideout. Really blossomed in his senior year after coming to Pitt labeled an "athlete." Started off at wideout as a freshman before moving to linebacker his sophomore year, then moved to tight end as a junior. Broke out with 49 catches and 10 touchdowns as a senior.
NFL FORECAST: Right now, he's an undersized tight end. And if he was to play in a Dallas Clark-like role that would be the best job for him. He's a tight end that can line up in the slot. He needs polish as a route-runner, and I'm not sure he's going to make a significant impact if he moves to wideout full-time. He has good speed and quickness, and with his size once he can improve his route-running he can make a nice wide receiver, but I don't think he has starting potential there. At best, you're probably looking at a No. 3 receiver that can make plays in the redzone. He could also move to fullback, although he's undersized in that role. But if he plays on a team where the fullback is really more of a receiver and H-back, then he can fit there as well. I really think for a team that envisions him as a Dallas Clark-type will get the most of out of his pro potential. He's just a touch matchup for a linebacker because he's so quick, and can overpower safeties and corners because of his size. He can be successful in an offense and for a coaching staff that doesn't try to limit what he is. He blossomed at Pitt as a senior because he was used at a variety of positions in a variety of situations.
ATL FORECAST: Mularkey is one of the offensive coordiantors that could potentially take advantage of his skillset because he often used Brian Finneran in a similar manner that Pitt used Dickerson. Finneran lined up in the backfield at H-back, fullback and out wide at recevier and in the slot as well. Dickerson is quicker and stronger than Finneran, and while lacks the polish of Finneran does at wide receiver, because of his athletic ability could be an immediate upgrade. I'm not sure he'll be a starter in the classic sense, but can be an asset off the bench because of his ability to be plugged in a variety of positions. He has the potential if used as a tight end split out wide to be a nice option for Ryan to throw to. He's not Tony Gonzalez, but like Gonzo, can be split out wide to take advantage of matchups. In Atlanta he could be a guy that can catch 20-40 passes a year and be a valuable secondary asset for Ryan on third downs.
VALUE: For a team that envisions him as a Dallas Clark-type and willing to take advantage of his versatility, then he is worth a third round pick. For a team that will try him solely at wideout, he probably isn't worth more than a fifth round pick. For a team that will try to bulk up him as a more traditional tight end, then again he's worth only a late round pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BODY CONTROL: 3.5
Scouting reports of tight ends in the 2010 draft.
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