Houston Texans Seventh-Round Pick Dorin Dickerson Signs Tender

Shane KirkpatrickContributor IJuly 14, 2010

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 02:  Dorin Dickerson #2 of the Pittsburgh Panthers celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the Big East Conference game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 2, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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During the 2010 NFL draft, for the second year in a row, and to everyone who follows this team’s bewilderment, the Houston Texans selected two tight ends.

First they took Garrett Graham out of the University of Wisconsin in the fourth round. Graham was a solid pick due to the injury issues plaguing the current veteran tight ends on the roster, and an understandable move.

However, when the Texans selected Dorin Dickerson in the seventh round, the fan base said, “What?”

At a press conference immediately following the draft, head coach Gary Kubiak quickly defended the pick by stating that they intended for Dickerson to play receiver.

Like many of the Texans' draft picks during the Rick Smith administration, Dorin Dickerson is a utility or versatile “football player” that can line up just about anywhere on the field.

In high school as a running back he rushed for over 1400 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also racked up around 430 yards receiving and six more touchdowns, and while on the defensive side of the ball he caught four interceptions.

During his college career at Pitt he played wide receiver, strong side linebacker, and finally settled into tight end during his junior year. As a senior he had 45 receptions for a total of 508 yards and 10 touchdowns. Dickerson received All American Honors by the associated press, and was predicted to be one of the top tight ends in the draft.

Who would have thought that when the Texans got to the 227th pick of the draft they would be looking at an athlete with this much upside? This pick is arguably the best value pick the organization made during the draft.

Signing a four year deal with the Texans on Wednesday for $1.85 million, Dickerson sets in motion a new chapter of his life.

If he takes advantage of the awesome mentor he has in Andre Johnson, and combines that with his natural talent, Dorin Dickerson could one day star in one of NFL Films best draft values of the 21st Century flicks.