I would go further than Walt did on our D-Line and give us one star. Benson Mayowa & Ryan Russell are our starting DEs for at least 4 games and they have 1 1/2 sacks between them & Irving who may have to rotate in. Gregory looks like he's possibly done for the year and Lawrence had issues at Boise so it's not like this is new territory for him even though this is his first suspension. We should've picked Ramsey and looked heavily at DL but we are going with Mayowa & Russell. Our pass rush will absolutely suck unless Russell shows big improvement and Mayowa becomes more than he has been so far.
Strengths: Prototypical size at 6-5, 265, with impressive strength on his frame ... Reliable target who rarely drops passes ... Nice understanding of feeling soft spots in coverage ... Has solid speed and makes things happen after the catch ... Very good blocker who puts a lot of effort into this area ... Uses his hands well in pass protection and run blocking ... Can beat the jam and is physical on the line of scrimmage ... Displays good athleticism on jump balls ... Great overall skill set.
Weaknesses: Route running needs to be slightly refined, but this is nitpicky ... Lets balls get into his body at times ... Will be a 24-year-old rookie so he is a year older than the average senior ... Arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer (by elbowing his chest) and his character will go under the microscope.
Summary: I love Pettigrew's abilities as both a receiver and a blocker, and this is really rare. His talent warrants even a mid-first round draft pick, but could he drop with character concerns? Needs to be more productive in his senior season, especially considering the fact he is playing against competition 2-3 years younger than himself.
Player Comparison: Marcedes Lewis. For whatever reason, Lewis hasn't lived up to his billing as a first-round draft pick, but that isn't what a player comparison is about. It's about comparing skill sets. Lewis was a big, athletic target and a solid blocker coming out of UCLA, which is similar to what I have seen out of Pettigrew so far.