OWINGS MILLS - New Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore was a defensive end his first season in college, and he says he plays offense with the same type of defensive mindset.
"I want to go in there and block somebody," Gillmore said Friday.
The Ravens entered the NFL draft last week wanting to add more of a blocking tight end to go along with tight ends Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels. They ended up with Gillmore, who they took in the third round.
"For me, I think of myself as a blocker with ability to catch the ball," Gillmore said. "I think championships are still won running the ball and playing defense, so I'd much rather be considered a blocker that can catch than a receiver that can block."
Gillmore will likely be the No. 3 tight end, but he could still have a role in new Baltimore offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense because of what he brings to the table as a blocker.
"Gary is going to be in a lot of two tight-end offenses this year, and to be able to bring in a guy like Crockett [is valuable]," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said.
Gillmore switched from defensive end to tight end after his freshman season at Colorado State in 2010.
He was selected second-team all-conference as a sophomore and then first-team all-conference as a senior last season.
He did not test out well at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but he is big (6-foot-6, 260 pounds), and he impressed Baltimore at both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl in January.
He had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Senior Bowl game.
"We know good tight ends, we think," Baltimore assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said, later adding, "he made a lot of sense for us [in the draft]. We're excited."
The Ravens also feel Gillmore has the potential to develop into part of their passing game.
His 40-yard dash at the combine was subpar (4.89). He also didn't post numbers to the level of what first-round pick Eric Ebron put up at North Carolina. But he did have 47 catches in Colorado State's run-first offense.
"Crockett is a good blocker. But I'll tell you what, the guy is a good receiver downfield, too," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "When you see him running the crossing routes and stuff downfield, he's a big target, and he's got very good hands, so he's got the potential to be a very complete tight end."