With the 70th pick of the 3rd round in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Tight End Ed Dickson out of the University of Oregon. Dickson is a versatile Tight End who can stretch the field by using his elite speed and athleticism. Coming from the Pac-10, Dickson was one of the main weapons in a very powerful Oregon offense where he became the second leading receiver for the Ducks during the 2009 season. Because of his contributions last season, Oregon was able to lead the Pac-10 in scoring and 2nd in total offense for last season. Dickson is a very gifted athlete who has the speed and agility to get away from defenders, but also has great strength to break the first tackle. His run-after-the-catch is by far his best asset, as he can make you miss with a spin or juke move or also just plow right through the defender. Dickson is too fast for Linebackers and too big for Defensive Backs. He is built in the same mold of San Diego Tight End Antonio Gates and with the right coaching, could be a very key contributor in Cam Cameron's offense while also being a great addition to Special Teams. I introduce to you the newest Baltimore Raven out of Oregon, Ed Dickson.
Weight: 249 lbs
School: Oregon - Pac-10
More on Dickson after the jump including a detailed write-up from Matt Takimoto of SB Nation's Oregon blog Addicted to Quack.
- 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Pac-10 Coaches, Sporting News, Phil Steele Publications, ESPN.com)
- Walter Camp Player of the Week (Offense vs. California)
- John Mackey Award Player of the Week (California)
- Pac-10 Player of the Week (Offense vs. California)
- 2009 John Mackey Award Watch List (nation’s top tight end)
- 2008 2nd Team All-Conference (Coaches)
Matt Takimoto of SB Nation's Oregon blog Addicted to Quack was kind enough to contribute his thoughts on Dickson as a player and what he will bring to the Ravens. Thanks again for the great write-up Matt.
Just a cursory glance isn’t enough to notice what kind of a player the Ravens drafted. Ed Dickson’s stats won’t wow anybody, though not for a lack of talent. He was grossly underused in the Oregon offense, partially because he’s a pass-catching tight end in a run-based offense and partially because Jeremiah Masoli was too busy stealing laptops to look for him up the seam. Over at Addicted to Quack, we were attributing the Ducks’ slow offensive start to last season on the fact that our best weapon wasn’t getting the ball. The next game? 11 catches for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 42-3 romp over Cal. And judging from Todd Heap’s stats last year, the Ravens have no problems utilizing tight ends.
First off, he’s a pass-catching tight end. He doesn’t have great size, and his blocking skills are decent at best. But he’s a serious offensive weapon. He’s been used as a true TE, in the slot, out wide, and as a blocking RB. He’s even been used as the pitchman on the occasional option play. He’s an excellent route runner with fantastic hands who really turned into a mature and heady player in his three years as our starting tight end.
In terms of his skill set as a pro, his combination of speed and route running acumen make him a mismatch for all but the most elite linebacker in man coverage, and his intelligence and ability to find open space will make him a weapon against a zone. I’d expect to see him most when Cam Cameron decides to spread the field and let Joe Flacco do what he does best.
Final Thoughts on Dickson: Coming into this draft, Dickson was not one of the Tight Ends that I covered too much. I knew he was a good player, but really did not expect the Ravens to pick him in the third round. After looking into Dickson much more, you can see why Eric DeCosta and Ozzie Newsome were so high on this guy. Another story somewhere stated that Dickson was a rocked up WR because of how fast he plays. As many know, he does not have the best blocking skills but makes up for it with elite pass catching abilities. However, I would not overlook what he can do as a blocker because you can look at some of the Running Backs that played at Oregon and the success they had (Stewart, Blount). With Dickson as the starting TE, you would have to think that he had some sort of impact on the success of those guys. Dickson should be a great option to line up opposite of Heap and use in the redzone. Also due to his great athleticism, he should be able to line up in the slot at times. Where we will likely see Dickson the most during his rookie year will be on Special Teams, as he was a great Special Teams player his freshman year where he posted 10 tackles (7 solo). Also, to get a sense of how versatile of an athlete Dickson is, he played some Defensive End during the 2007 season where he posted 1.5 sacks. Not too bad. Everyone should be really excited to see what a pass catching Tight End like Dickson can do in the offense of Cam Cameron.