Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 8/24/08: #1 TE, #15/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 1
2008: Finalist for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end...Started ten games at tight end, missing the Troy, Texas A&M and Missouri contests with a high ankle sprain...Had just eleven receptions through the team's first seven games, but finished with a career-high 42 catches for 472 yards (11.2 avg), despite not finding the end zone...23 of his receptions produced first downs (54.76 percent), as he converted 4 of 9 third-down (44.44 percent) and 1 of 2 fourth-down plays...Three of his catches were for 20 yards or longer, as he also had key receptions to set up five scoring drives... Eleven of his catches came inside the red zone, including eight on goal-line plays...Made 43 knockdowns, including eight touchdown-resulting blocks...Pettigrew started 45 of 47 games at Oklahoma State, recording 216 knockdowns with 30 touchdown-resulting blocks...Recorded 10 tackles (7 solos) with a fumble recovery... Scored 54 points on nine touchdown receptions...Became the first tight end in school history to catch more than 100 passes in a career, as his 112 receptions rank seventh overall in school history behind Rashaun Woods (293, 2000-03), Hart Lee Dykes (203. 1985-88), D'Juan Woods (163, 2002-2006), Adarius Bowman (127, 2006-2007), Neill Armstrong (115, 1943-46) and Hermann Eben (114, 1968-70)...Those 112 catches topped the previous school tight end record of 92 grabs by Alonzo Mayes (1994-97)...Placed eighth in OSU annals with 1,450 yards receiving, ranking behind Rashaun Woods (4.414), Dykes (3,171), D'Juan Woods (2,751), Bowman (2,187), Eben (1973), Curtis Mayfield (1,507; 1987-90) and Dick Graham (1,458; 1969-71)...His 1,450 yards surpassed the old school tight end record of 1,372 yards by Alonzo Mayes...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 35-540-15.4-4; 1 Sol-1 TT; Finished third on the squad with 35 catches after grabbing 32 passes in his first two seasons on campus … Averaged 15.4 yards per reception. 2006: 11 GP; 11 GS; Rec: 24-310-12.9-4; Completed his second year as a starter at tight end and was an honorable mention all-Big 12 pick ... Finished third on the Cowboy squad with 24 receptions covering 310 yards ... Averaged 12.2 yards per catch ... Had four TD receptions. 2005: 11 GP; 9 GS; Rec: 11-128-11.6-1; Played in all 11 games and started nine at tight end, including the last seven ... Finished the season with 11 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. 2004: Redshirt.
Post-Draft Outlook: BEST PICK: When the Lions picked Pettigrew, fans at the Ford Field draft party booed louder than they did when the Lions picked Stafford. The fans would have preferred Southern Cal linebacker Rey Maualuga or Ole Miss left tackle Michael Oher. But both of those players had issues and dropped in the draft, while Pettigrew was a top-10 pick on some teams' draft boards. Until they took Pettigrew, the Lions didn't have the kind of complete tight end that is important in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's system. A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 1/20 -- Brandon Pettigrew, TE, 6-5, 263, Oklahoma State...General manager Martin Mayhew said the Lions would take talent over need, and Pettigrew appeared to fit that profile at No. 20. He was rated in the top 10 on some teams' boards. But Pettigrew also fits a need for the Lions. Tight end is an important position in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's system, and the Lions did not have a complete tight end like Pettigrew on the roster. He is an excellent run blocker and can break tackles after the catch. - by The Sports Xchange