AFI Combine Watch: OSU TE Brandon Pettigrew

The consensus top prospect at the tight end position in this year's NFL Draft is Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew -- an athletically gifted player with the size and speed to be a threat in almost any offense. The Atlanta Falcons would certainly take a long look at him if he fell to pick number 24 in the first round, so here's a quick look at what Pettigrew had to say to the media in Indy...

Many thought Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew should have come out for the 2008 Draft, where he likely would have been a top selection after he put up 540 yards and four touchdowns on 35 receptions, but he opted to return to Stillwater for his senior season where he struggled some with an ankle injury and inconsistency.

Even though he didn't have the season he had hoped for, Pettigrew said he doesn't regret returning for his senior season but strugg.

"I figured I couldn't ruin anything by coming back," Pettigrew, who is only three credits shy of earning his degree in education, said on Day one of the NFL Combine. "It was another year of getting better is how I looked at it.

"Once you make a decision, you gotta stick with it. You can't look back in regret. The ankle happened. Nothing I could do about it."

Pettigrew still managed to post 42 receptions for 472 yards, but he didn't post a touchdown. However, he said he feels better about his blocking although he knows that's an area he can always improve upon.

"I think I blocked well at the college level, but I know that I'm going to have to pick it up to play in this league," Pettigrew admitted. "Guys are bigger, faster and stronger than they were in college.

"I think (his blocking) does set me apart. I try to be the most complete tight end that I can. I try to be able to do both."

Never one to miss the opportunity to compete, Pettigrew said he was going to do everything at the combine.

"I don't think everybody was expecting me to do everything here, but I can," Pettigrew said. "I'm healthy. So I'm going to do it."

Pettigrew mentioned he had spoken to 15 teams and more discussions could take place soon.

Because he has ideal tight end size (6-5.5, 263) and speed (4.6), Pettigrew is a player that many teams will look at in the mid to late first round.

Will Atlanta pull the trigger if he drops to them at 24?

Don't be surprised if they do exactly that.

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