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Pitt's Dickerson is toast of the tight ends

Pittsburgh tight end Dorin Dickerson is probably an unknown to those who didn’t observe the Big East closely last season.

But he easily had the most impressive Combine in Saturday’s tight end drills, resulting in comparisons to Jets 2008 first-round pick Dustin Keller.
The 6-foot-1, 226-pound former Panther ran an official 4.4-flat forty time to pace prospects at his position.  Dickerson also beat the tight end field in the vertical, jumping 42 inches.  His 10-foot, five-inch broad jump and 24 reps of 225 pounds were similarly impressive.
Dickerson caught 49 passes for 529 yards and a Pitt-high 10 touchdowns as a senior, so he’s got production to match.  NFL Network’s Mike Mayock wouldn’t be surprised if Dickerson sneaks into the second round this April.
Other tight ends that helped themselves on the track included 6-foot-6, 260-pound former Miami Hurricanes basketball player Jimmy Graham (4.56) and Oregon’s Ed Dickson (4.67).  
Consensus No. 1 tight end Jermaine Gresham timed in the 4.7s.  No. 2 tight end Rob Gronkowski didn’t run as he continues to recover from a back injury. Florida’s Aaron Hernandez was also out with a bad back.
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15 Responses to “Pitt's Dickerson is toast of the tight ends”
  1. Not a member? says: Feb 27, 2010 6:52 PM

    You’d expect a TE that’s WR size to be faster than the rest, huh?

  2. vikes_favre says: Feb 27, 2010 6:57 PM

    His frame will hurt him some in the draft. 6’1, 226 seems rather small for a TE.

  3. Dolphinatic says: Feb 27, 2010 7:05 PM

    Yea…And I hear its pretty Queer that some think that way. I mean the most gay and joyous tight end on the field of play isn’t always the best thing. The toast?? I think not…. The butter maybe… but never the toast

  4. OscarMooseFarmer says: Feb 27, 2010 7:19 PM

    Yeah a 4.4 forty is pretty good for a 226 pound running back…sorry, tight end.

  5. benjua says: Feb 27, 2010 7:28 PM

    with that size he sounds like a future FB more than a TE. at least a fullback that can contribute in the receiving game though.

  6. The Jimmy says: Feb 27, 2010 7:34 PM

    Dickenson was a hell of an athlete coming out of highschool that could never settle on a position in college. They moved him ever year on both sides of the ball.

  7. danielwolfnfl says: Feb 27, 2010 7:44 PM

    He would benefit by changing positions to become a WR.
    Dickerson would still be a mismatch for many CBs in the NFL.
    You’re welcome for the height correction! 🙂

  8. DWRinAZ says: Feb 27, 2010 8:15 PM

    A lot will depend on scheme. Name a single probowl tight end who got there as a great blocker. He’s really a Chris Cooley type of a player (obviously a bit smaller but same mold). I can see a team like Arizona (or any other that favors a 2TE/1B set) take a hard look in the 2nd or 3rd round…

  9. Buck Stallion says: Feb 27, 2010 8:22 PM

    Too small to be a tight end.

  10. lilmidas50 says: Feb 27, 2010 11:37 PM

    im from the burgh and follow pitt , dickerson’s a beast a little bit of a project.overall athlete has playe dmany positions but the guys big , makes clutch catches and love sfinding the end zone. good to hear he blew it up 2day!

  11. lvass76 says: Feb 28, 2010 12:36 AM

    Dallas Clark is what…6-3/250. Not ideal size for TE, but he causes defenses fits. And Dustin Keller is a mismatch nightmare. If this Dickerson kid gets drafted by the right team and coach (an imaginative Sean Peyton-type) he could be a nice addition.

  12. Quagmire says: Feb 28, 2010 6:45 AM

    6-foot-1, 226-pound…He’s not even big for a WR.
    If he makes the NFL no way will it be as a tight end.

  13. Big Tex says: Feb 28, 2010 8:45 AM

    Jason Witten is a great blocker and a great receiving option.

  14. SFrancis1680 says: Feb 28, 2010 10:01 AM

    to small to be a TE, has the size, speed ratio to be a WR, probably isn’t much bigger than Dez Bryant

  15. jm0205 says: Feb 28, 2010 4:16 PM

    If he goes to the right team(N.O, Indy, NE, or GB for example) he’ll be a nightmare for defensive coordinators.. He has great hands.. I actually think he’d fit in quite nicely in Pittsburgh with A**H*** Bruce Arians’s offense

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