April 6, 2009

Pettigrew's Ready

Oklahoma State's final open workout of the spring last Friday was loaded with visitors. Nearly 180 high school coaches were in attendance, along with a group of NFL scouts. The scouts stuck around after evaluating another guy who showed up to watch the practice - former Cowboy tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

"I worked out today, and that went well," Pettigrew said. "I had a couple of (NFL) teams come up and work me out. That went well. Right now, I'm just waiting and trying to maintain until the draft gets here."

The casual observer might assume that the workout was done in order to get Pettigrew another shot at the 40-yard dash. His 4.83 seconds time at the NFL Combine put him near the bottom of the group of 16 tight ends who participated in the event. The 6-5, 263-pounder did not re-run the 40 and said the scouts just put him through base blocking drills and had him run a bunch of routes.

The 40 time was a disappointment, but doesn't appear to have scared many teams off. In the other combine events, Pettigrew didn't throw out any eye-popping numbers. He did perform well in other tests of athleticism like the 20-yard shuttle drill and vertical jump, despite being on of the biggest tight ends at the combine. Virtually all rankings and mock drafts project him as a first-rounder and as the first tight end to be selected in the draft. Pettigrew has heard all of that talk and says it's encouraging, to a point.

"It's encouraging, but all I can do is just sit back and wait," he said. "I'm hoping that it happens, but that's all I can do at this point."

Being back in Stillwater and watching his old teammates prepare for the 2009 season gave the Tyler, Texas native an opportunity to reflect on his time as a Cowboy, both on- and off-the-field.

"I think I had a great career at Oklahoma State," he said. "It was a good experience. This is where I 'made' myself. I've gotten stronger physically. It's helped me mentally. This is where I grew up.

"As far as football goes, I had a great time at Oklahoma State."

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