Tight end Ed Dickson was the first of back-to-back tight end picks for the Ravens in 2010. Dickson, who has solid receiving skills, was prized for his versatility—he's also an experienced run-blocker.
In his rookie year, Dickson played 464 snaps (subscription required) and had four starts, and the majority of his snaps were as a run-blocker. He still managed 11 receptions on 23 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown, but he wasn't a major focus of Baltimore's passing offense.
This changed somewhat in 2011, with Dickson's snaps increasing to 1,047 and the balance tipping toward him being used more as a receiver with 518 snaps, compared to 464 as a run-blocker. As such, his receptions went up to 54 on 89 targets for 528 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season.
In 2012, Dickson went back to being more of a blocker than a receiver, and his snaps also dipped though he remained a starter for the majority of the season. He played 695 total snaps in 2012 (249 on passing downs, 375 on running downs). He had 33 targets, 21 receptions and 225 yards.
Dickson isn't the quickest or most explosive of quarterback Joe Flacco's receiving targets, but he plays a major role as a versatile tight end who can act as a passing decoy and help out the run game.
Based on the Raven's two-tight end philosophy that began with the 2010 draft, Dickson was a smart pickup.