While the Ravens usually wait until July to begin inking their draft picks, they’ve started the process a little earlier this year.
Shortly after signing fifth-round defensive tackle Arthur Jones, the Ravens have agreed to terms with tight end Dennis Pitta on a three-year deal. That news is according to Aaron Wilson of The National Football Post.
Pitta, a fourth-round selection out of BYU, was the second tight end that the Ravens took on draft day, following Oregon’s Ed Dickson, who went in the third round.
A smooth route runner with good hands, Pitta impressed in minicamps. He will compete with Dickson in training camp to be Todd Heap’s backup.
“He’s a real instinctive player,” director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said shortly after the Ravens selected Pitta on day three of the draft. “He lines up in the slot and at traditional tight end. He’s got outstanding hands. In the five or six games I’ve watched him, he dropped one ball.
“He’s a real savvy route runner and just knows how to get open versus a zone. He’s quick and sudden enough to be a mismatch versus linebackers, and he just brings that flexibility to an offense where you can line him up on the line or put him out in the slot.”