Baltimore Ravens

Ravens happy with Gillmore

When the Ravens selected tight end Crockett Gillmore in the third round of the NFL draft, they did so with the hope that he would provide a strong blocking presence.

During the Ravens' offseason practices, Gillmore has displayed sound blocking technique, a physical nature and a willingness to mix it up. He caught the ball well. He frequently got under the skin of defensive players, including getting into a fight with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.


"Crockett is a good football player," veteran tight end Dennis Pitta said during the Ravens' final minicamp. "He's a tough kid and he's big and physical and a great blocker at the point of attack. I think that's what stood out the most this early on. He's going to be a valuable asset for this offense moving forward."

Gillmore, 6-feet-6, 260 pounds from Colorado State, permanently moved to tight end prior to his sophomore year after playing defensive end as a freshman.


A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection, Gilllmore caught 47 passes for 577 yards and two touchdowns as a senior last season. He finished his career with 111 receptions for 1,308 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gillmore strives to be an all-around tight end.

"For me, a tight end is a guy that can play any position on the field," Gillmore said. "He just happens to be a bigger body. I think of myself as a blocker with ability to catch the ball. 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. I have that defensive mindset, so I want to go in there and block somebody."