Countdown to draft: Tight ends

As part of the online coverage leading up to the NFL draft, The Sun will look at some of the Ravens' needs.

The one certainty about the Ravens' draft this year is they need to select a tight end. It could come in the first round or even the fifth round, but the Ravens have to find a young tight end to groom behind Todd Heap. In fact, Heap is the only experienced tight end on the roster (Sorry, Edgar Jones doesn't really cut it).


Here are some tight ends who have been linked to the Ravens:

First round: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma. Many mock drafts have the No. 1 tight end in this class going to the Ravens with the 25th overall pick. He has all the physical ability to develop into a solid starter. Not a great blocker.


Second round: Rob Gronkowski, Arizona. He has the potential to be the best all-around tight end in this draft. Durability is a major question mark. He has never played a full season. Gronkowski met with the Ravens at the NFL Combine.

Second or Third round: Ed Dickson, Oregon. The school's best all-time tight end has reliable hands and can make acrobatic catches. Because he lacks bulk, blocking could be an issue. Dickson has made a pre-draft visit to the Ravens.

Third or Fourth round: Tony Moeaki, Iowa. When healthy, he flashed some great receiving skills. But he battled numerous injuries (shoulder sprain, dislocated elbow, broken wrist, broken foot, high ankle sprain, hamstring and calf issues) during his college career. Moeaki is visiting the Ravens on Tuesday.

Third or Fourth round: Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh. He has separated himself from other tight ends in this draft because he has the speed to stretch defenses down the seam. But he can struggle to get open because he's not a polished route runner. Dickerson had a private workout with the Ravens.

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