Drafted in the third round, many draft analysts believed that Crockett Gillmore was more of a blocking tight end and thought the Ravens reached on the 6’6″ prospect. The team also signed veteran TE Owen Daniels to a one year deal, and he is expected to fill the void left by Ed Dickson. However, there have been several reports that Daniels has left a lot to be desired during training camp. He has been noted for being stripped on a couple plays and not having any burst in his legs. Some fear that the broken leg he suffered could be the cause of this and that he may not do that much this season. So, how can Crockett Gillmore assist the team if Daniels fails to make noise this year?
We already know that he can block, but could Gillmore catch 30 balls if he had to start for a considerable amount of time? Here are some clips of him against Utah State.
In this video we see that Crockett Gillmore has decent routes and good hands for the position. With all the hype on the new age tight ends than can run blazing 40 yard dash times, prospects like Gillmore are easily looked over. Crockett only ran a 4.89 40 so people believe that he is too slow compared to the likes of Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis. However, the rookie’s style reminds me of underrated tight end Heath Miller of the Steelers.
Heath only ran a 4.87 but has consistently been one of the top players at his respective position during his long career. He is a very efficient pass catcher and can block as well. It is easy to get enamored with pure speed, but the NFL has shown that speed is not the main attribute that will get a player open in the field. Crockett Gillmore could be a solid player for the Ravens in the next few seasons. Pitta has already turned 29 and at the end of his contract he will be around 33, while Gilmore will be 27 years old and at the prime of his career. Do not be surprised if he becomes a household name in the future. Gillmore is currently playing with the starters in Owen’s place and hopefully he makes the most of it.