After making three straight defensive picks, the Ravens finally addressed an offensive need with their second pick in the third round on Friday night, selecting Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore with the 99th overall pick.
Gillmore is a 6-foot-6, 260-pounder who began his career as a defensive end before moving to tight end in the spring of his sophomore season. He finished this past season with 47 catches for 577 yards and two touchdowns.
Gillmore, a native of Bushland, Texas, said he “couldn’t be more excited” to join the Ravens. “What a great program they’ve got up there.”
"It's a league that nothing's given to you,” he added. “I plan on coming in and learning from Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta."
Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta had praised Gillmore last week when discussing the strength of the tight end class, and both coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome praised Gillmore’s ability both as a blocker and as a pass catcher after they made him their fourth pick in the draft.
The Ravens are expected to use two tight end sets a lot in new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense, and they were known to be looking for a more prototypical blocking tight end to play alongside Pitta and Daniels.
"The thing we like about him is his ability to play at the point of attack but also be viable in the passing game,” Newsome said.
“Crockett’s a good blocker,” Harbaugh added. “I tell you what, he’s a good receiver downfield, too. When you see him on crossing routes and stuff downfield, he’s a big ol’ target, and he’s got very good hands.”
Crockett said he had studied up on certain teams and saw the Ravens as a possible match.
“Not many teams do it like the Ravens do it, and continue to be successful. I was intrigued by them, and apparently they were intrigued by me. I’m just excited to be a Raven.”