There’s an article on The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Packers Blog about today’s NFL tight end. The position has changed in the last few years and the classic, complete, do-it-all tight ends that block and catch are in short supply. Phil Savage, executive director of the Senior Bowl, points out the upside to a player like Crockett, “The last two seasons, he played in more of a pro-style system under Jim McElwain. I think he’s got some potential. He’s athletic and he’s got enough height and range where he’ll be 260, 265 pounds. He’s more of a mid-to-late round find, but a nice value pick for somebody.”
“In the classic sense of the term ‘tight end,’ you’re not going to see as many of them in college football now as you would have 15 years ago,” Savage said. “You don’t see the Mark Bavaros in the college game as much as you did 25 years ago. But I do think that teams in the NFL are looking for these guys who can play in space and give you a threat down the middle of the field.”
“Really the development of the second tight end is where you’re seeing the biggest change. Most teams have enough to contend with one of these hybrid athletes defensively. But it’s tough when you have two of them — when you have a traditional tight end and the other one is in the slot. It puts the defense in a bind and that’s why these clubs do it. If you play base personnel, they’ll extend you out and play in space. If you play a nickel package, they’ll bunch back in and run the ball on you. It’s an ingenious way to maximize your personnel if you have these hybrid athletes who can do a little bit of both or a lot of one and a little of the other in terms of the pass and run. It definitely gives you an advantage offensively.”
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Check out the interview that Crockett did with The Mobtown Sports Beat with Thyrl Nelson on WNST Baltimore. Crockett talks about the NFL Draft, what makes him an elite blocking Tight End, and what he plans to do on draft day (spoiler alert: probably fishing on a lake somewhere!). Listen to the entire interview below:Read More
Colorado State TE Crockett Gillmore was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster, but he certainly boosted his draft stock with his standout performance on Saturday. The Rams’ star had five catches for 61 yards and a score, displaying strong hands and underrated route skills. He complemented his impressive performance as a pass catcher with a strong showing as a blocker on the edge. He repeatedly sealed the corner on perimeter runs and effectively neutralized his assigned defender on power plays between the tackles. Of course, scouts expected Gillmore to be a stout blocker at the point of attack based on his solid performance during the regular season, but doing it against the top players in the country will enhance his value in the minds of coaches searching for a traditional tight end in the draft.
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Crockett Gillmore, the All-Mountain West Conference tight end from CSU left Mobile, Ala., as the game’s leading receiver. But more important, he came away from the two postseason all-star games in which he participated rated significantly higher by NFL draft analysts than he had been going in.
“I think that the guys that had watched me throughout the season knew where I was; they saw me early,” Gillmore said. “And I think for the teams that hadn’t been looking, I think I opened their eyes that I could play.”
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Gillmore started 35 games at tight end in his four years at Colorado State and was a reliable passing target in the Rams offense, recording 111 receptions and eight touchdowns in his collegiate career.
The Texas native was also named first-team All-Mountain West and put on the John Mackey Award watch list for Most Outstanding Tight End in NCAA Division I for his strong 2013 performance (47 rec, 577 yds, 2 TDs). Gillmore also turned some heads in Mobile with his excellent performance in the Senior Bowl.
At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Gillmore offers a big receiving target in the middle of the field, but he is also known for being an excellent run blocker. It’s Gillmore’s combination of size, receiving ability, and affinity to block that will intrigue plenty of NFL teams come draft time.
To learn more about Gillmore, we reached out to him, and I had the privilege to speak with him over the phone.
Read the entire interview here.