Dickerson blazes way for tight ends on 40-yard dash

Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham posted unofficial times of 4.76 and 4.73 seconds in his 40-yard dashes Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. (Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com)

INDIANAPOLIS — The tight end group completed its 40-yard dashes on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, so here’s a quick look at the highlights.

Pittsburgh’s Dorin Dickerson, at 226 pounds the lightest tight end at the NFL Scouting Combine, led the field with unofficial times of 4.40 and 4.43 seconds Saturday. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks projects Dickerson, who played a variety of positions for the Panthers, as an H-back type of player in the NFL. Dickerson moves a little bit like current Jets TE Dustin Keller, who was here two years ago.

Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham, who many rank as the top tight end available despite injury concerns, posted unofficial times of 4.76 and 4.73 seconds. Arizona’s Rob Gronkowski isn’t doing anything other than the bench press at the combine while he recovers from back surgery.

UPDATE: Dickerson officially was timed in 4.4 seconds, outdistancing Miami’s Jimmy Graham, who finished at 4.56. Oregon’s Ed Dickson ran in 4.67, and Missouri State’s Clay Harbor, Iowa’s Tony Moeaki and Penn State’s Andrew Quarless all tied at 4.69.

— Frank Tadych

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