The Baltimore Ravens' final selection of Day 3 came with the 99th overall pick, and like most of the prior picks, it addressed a position of need.
The Ravens chose Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore with their final pick of Day 3.
Baltimore needed to add a younger tight end to their roster with only Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels as their only reliable TEs.
Daniels is playing on a 1-year deal, and Gillmore could be groomed to be his replacement in 2015.
One thing that new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak loves to do with his offense is to feature multiple tight ends in his schemes. That means Gillmore will have opportunities to earn playing time as a rookie, and he could step into an even bigger role in 2015 when Daniels' deal expires.
As a senior in 2013, Gillmore started all 14 games and caught 47 passes for 577 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
He did not lift at the combine because of a strained left elbow, but it doesn't appear that affected his stock. That's because most analysts and scouts had him graded as a Day 3 prospect. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com gave Gillmore a six- to seventh-round grade:
Underdeveloped lower body with limited overall weight-room strength. Not a nuanced route runner to create separation and lacks polish releasing off the line.
Limited suddeness and burst out of his breaks.Recorded a 1.77-second 10-yard time, tied for slowest among tight ends at the combine.
Possesses above-average base blocking ability, hands and foot speed to carve a role.
This is a depth pick more than anything, and there were a number of players who were ranked ahead of Gillmore at bigger positions of need when the Ravens selected him.
This was a pick that frankly didn't make a lot of sense with some of the holes on the Ravens roster.
Perhaps, Kubiak liked what he saw in Gillmore and feels he can help the former Ram develop into a quality NFL TE.
Gillmore won't be expected to contribute much as a rookie, but with a year of experience and work in an NFL weight room, Gillmore may develop into a reliable weapon in Baltimore's offense.
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