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Kiper sees Pettigrew dropping

Posted by Chris Brown on April 16, 2009 – 3:56 pm

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper appearing on a national conference call Thursday said he wouldn’t be surprised if he saw Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew dropping to later in the first round than where he initially had him, which was 11 to the Bills.

“Right now I’ve got him going to Atlanta at 24,” said Kiper. “He could go 26 to Baltimore. Tight ends historically slide a little. Todd Heap, I had a mid-first round grade, but he went late first round to the Ravens. Heath Miller I had a mid-first round grade on him and he went late first round to Pittsburgh. So Pettigrew would be a steal in the 20’s as I see it.”

There’s no question that tight end is a risk in the middle of the first round. As I’ve said before in the 8-15 range over the last 15 years there have been more misses than hits. So teams naturally wait a little longer on taking a tight end particularly in round one. Odds are Pettigrew will be a pretty good player, but at 11 it’s a greater risk.

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