ChatRewind: Tight end options for Ravens

Our weekly Baltimore Ravens chat turned into a discussion on what the team will do at tight end. For a full transcript, click right here. Here are some of the highlights:

Greg (Maryland): Eric Ebron has been mocked to the Ravens, however isn't it an issue that he's dropped catchable passes?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I'm not going to say I've watched every game that Ebron has played in. From what I saw, he makes tough catches and looks like an NFL tight end when he's playing. Of course, drops are always a concern. The Ravens don't want to go from one tight end who couldn't hold onto the ball (Ed Dickson) to another. But, from everything draft analysts say, Ebron has the chance to be a special tight end in this league.

Juan (Towson): I saw your latest video on how Eric Ebron is a great option for the Ravens with the 17th pick. However, I feel that after his great combine, he might be taken earlier. Which tight end prospect would you take if Ebron was off the board? Do you know how the Ravens feel about Texas Tech Tight end Jace Amaro?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): First, thanks for watching the video. Second, I agree that Ebron's showing at the combine may entice a team in the top 15 to take him. The Ravens have the No. 17 overall pick. Amaro has been rated as a first-round talent, but he didn't have a great combine. He had some drops in the pass-catching drills, and his hands are the smallest (9 inches) at his position among tight ends at the combine.

Kevin (Baltimore): If let go do you think Detroit Lions free agent tight end Brandon Prettigrew would be a good fit for the Ravens?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens liked Pettigrew in the 2009 draft. He was taken 20th overall, three picks ahead of when the Ravens selected offensive tackle Michael Oher. Pettigrew has been a disappointment as a first-round pick, but he isn't a bad tight end. His ability to catch and block is a rare commodity with tight ends these days. After re-signing Dennis Pitta, I'm not sure they're going to spend a lot on another tight end in free agency.