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Brandon Pettigrew
SELECTED BY: Lions Round 1 (20)
SI Grade
Position: Class:
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6-5.5, 263
40 Time:

BIOGRAPHY: "Four-year starter who played in ten games as a senior, missing time with an ankle injury. Finished the season with 42/472. Junior totals included 35/540/4 after 24/310/4 as a sophomore."

POSITIVES: "Physically talented tight end with a complete game. Nimble athlete who quickly releases off the line, runs well laterally, and adjusts to the errant throw, making the reception in stride. Nicely settles into the open spot on the field, extends his hands, and makes the reception away from his frame. Plays faster than his 40 time, effective running after the reception, and a sturdy pass catcher who takes a pounding yet holds onto the ball. Blocks with good lean, and bends his knees. Works to stays square, strong at the point, and effective as a position blocker. Quickly gets out to the second level, and easily controls linebackers."

NEGATIVES: Shows marginal quickness to his game. Must learn to keep his blocking intensity until the whistle blows. Not a true downfield threat as a pass catcher.

ANALYSIS: "Pettigrew is a terrific tight end who possesses natural receiving skills, and he gets results as a blocker. He's very efficient in all areas of the game, and he is a consistent tight end rather than a true playmaker. He offers starting potential at the next level, and if he consistently plays at a high-level, Pettigrew will have a long NFL career."


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