"The teams said they'll be calling me within the next couple days to set up individual workouts for me, teams like the Browns, Chargers and Baltimore," Dickerson said.
Dickerson, a likely third-round pick, would offer an explosive pass-catching complement to Antonio Gates. As a senior, he caught 49 passes for 529 yards and 10 touchdowns. He helped his cause at his Pro Day by running a 4.4 40-yard dash and performing well in positional drills.
TE Dorin Dickerson
"I think he just played consistent," said Pitt Coach Dave Wannstedt. "When his number was called, he responded. Everybody knows how fast he is and how strong he is, but they want to see how well he can catch the ball and make guys miss and make some plays. And he did that."
What appeals to the Chargers most about Dickerson is his versatility. He can play tight end, fullback or even receiver, similar to '07 fifth-round pick Legedu Naanee. Like Naanee, Dickerson is a mismatch waiting to happen, making him a tempting toy for both Norv Turner and Philip Rivers.
Dickerson's last quarterback, Bill Stull, can testify to his impact on an offense.
"He's just a mismatch waiting to happen at tight end," Stull said. "And it's just a matter of what team and what offensive coordinator can utilize that matchup the way that we did last year.
"Whether it's as a receiver, fullback or tight end and coming from the slot, wide or the backfield, he played everything for us. He's very explosive and a high-powered athlete, and I know he'll have a great career."
Whether that career embarks in San Diego remains to be seen. The main sticking point could be draft-day value, as the Chargers have too many pressing needs (running back and nose tackle, chief among them) to pick a tight end earlier than Round Three. But if Dickerson is still on the board at that juncture, his playmaking prowess may be too much for A.J. Smith to pass up.
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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.