Dickerson Goes To Texans

One after one, tight ends were selected in the NFL Draft, while Pitt's Dorin Dickerson waited.

After nearly three full days and 226 picks, the Houston Texans selected former Pittsburgh tight end Dorin Dickerson with the 20th selection in the seventh round (227 overall).

"A lot of teams were scared to take me as a tight end, because of my size (nearly 6-foot-2, 230 pounds), and I'm not really a receiver,'' Dickerson said. "So, they really didn't know how to use me.

"Everyone I talked with told me that they had me with a third- or fourth-round grade, but they didn't know how to use me. So, they didn't pick me.

"But this just fuels my fire,'' Dickerson added. "I'm just going to go out and show them again. I'm going to show everyone what I can do. I just wanted the chance, and now I'm going to get it.''

Dickerson had 49 catches and 10 touchdowns, but despite that productively, along with his speed and athleticism, only the Texans took advantage.

"Houston, they said they liked my versatility and athleticism, and they're excited to get me down there to start learning from all the veterans on their roster and the coaching staff,'' Dickeson said. "And I'm very excited, too. They use their tight end a lot and throw the ball to Andre Johnson.

"And I'm very excited to get down there and play for them. Of course, I've been to Texas before, and I loved it. I had a great time down there, so this was where I wanted to go. We played in the Sun Bowl, and I was in the All-American Bowl there in San Antonio. And I just loved it.

"So, I'm going to see my parents now, and then I'll be getting ready to go to Houston,'' Dickerson added. "I haven't talked to Nate (Byham), yet, but I'm very excited for him as well. He's going to do great in San Francisco.''

The Texans had four tight ends on their roster last season, including rookies James Casey from Rice and Anthony Hill from North Carolina. The veterans were fourth-year pro Owen Daniels from Wisconsin and fifth-year player Joel Dreesen from Colorado State.

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