Crockett Gillmore NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Ravens TE

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2014

Oct 6, 2012; Fort Collins, WY, USA; Colorado State Rams tight end Crockett Gillmore (10) is tackled by Fresno State Bulldogs linebacker Patrick Su'a (30) during the first quarter.  The Bulldogs beat the Rams 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
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Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State (HT: 6'5⅞", WT: 260)

Baltimore Ravens

Third Round: 99th Pick

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmsHands
605726033 3/4"10 3/8"
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Combine Workout
40-Yard DashBench PressVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone DrillShuttle
4.89DNP33.5"10'0"7.424.44
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Positives

  • Prototypical size for the tight end position.
  • Has the height to contribute as a possession receiver. 
  • Size and overall strength gives him potential as a blocker once he refines his technique.
  • Shows flashes of dominance as a move blocker, and has the skill set to continue to develop in this area.
  • Quick off the snap as a blocker and gets into position to engage his assignment. 
  • Has big hands and he's developed into a fairly reliable target on short-yardage throws.
  • Consistently catches the ball away from his body and quickly secures it.
  • An extremely tough runner after the catch who looks for contact and will gladly lower the shoulder and flatten smaller defensive backs. 
  • Has just enough speed and quickness to get open on short and some intermediate routes. 
  • Route running is consistent, and he's mastered the short comeback route and in and out routes. 
  • Relatively quick in his breaks which gives him just enough room to create some space for targets on those shorter routes.
  • Lined up in a variety of spots in Colorado State's offense, including on the line, in the slot and occasionally out wide. 
  • Praised as a team leader by coaching staff.

 

Negatives

  • Below average athleticism for today's breed of NFL tight ends. 
  • Very stiff movement, which shows up most when adjusting to poorly thrown balls.
  • Lacks the body control and quick footwork to adjust to the ball and struggles to make plays in tight coverage. 
  • Doesn't possess the speed necessary to be a threat down the field.
  • Acceleration is below average, allowing even less athletic coverage linebackers to stay with him on short routes. 
  • Struggles to fight through press coverage at the line of scrimmage, primarily due to shaky technique as he does have the raw skills necessary to win in this area.
  • Not a threat to pick up chunks of yardage after the catch. 
  • Injury history raises concerns about his long-term durability—suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2011 and battled other minor injuries throughout his career.

 

Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2011Colorado State4546810.44
2012Colorado State1926313.82
2013Colorado State4757712.32
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Personal Notes

  • Three year starter.
  • First-team All-Mountain West as a senior.
  • Played tight end and defensive end in college.
  • Recruited as a tight end, but played defensive end as a freshman to fill in as an injury replacement.
  • High school teammate of fellow Colorado State draft prospect Weston Richburg.

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Gillmore's upside is clearly limited by his modest athleticism. However, he was well respected within the Colorado State football program for his leadership and work ethic, which could certainly help him earn a spot as a developmental prospect on an NFL roster. He will likely be limited to special teams duty early in his career and his long-term impact will depend on his ability to develop as an in-line blocker.

 

Draft Project: 6th Round