Oregon's Dickson coming on strong
Updated: September 29, 2009, 12:47 PM ETBy Todd McShay
The 2010 tight end class took some hits early on with season-ending injuries to Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham and Arizona's Rob Gronkowski, but a pair of Pac-10 tight ends have proven that there are still some promising playmakers to be had. The most impressive performance of Week 5 came from Oregon's Ed Dickson, who caught 11 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns in his team's rout of California, and in the process validated some important parts of his game. Dickson has enough speed to stretch the middle of the field and showed the ability to make the acrobatic catch on poorly-thrown balls as well as the elusiveness to make some defenders miss after the catch. Dickson is a bit undersized (6-foot-3¾, 245 pounds) and projects as and H-back in the NFL, and one of the knocks on him is that he is not a physical player and not a great blocker. However, for a team looking for an H-back starter or a backup tight end who can play an H-back role at times Dickson would be a good fit. We project him in the kind of role played by former Duck and current Carolina Panther Dante Rosario. For a look at the other tight end moving up the board, a big-name quarterback who is struggling and a pair or running backs who are opening eyes, as well as notes from around the country, become an ESPN Insider.
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