Few tight ends are worthy of being a top-10 selection, but Florida’s Kyle Pitts could be an exception. How does Pitts stack up against the other top prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft?
At Florida, Pitts played sparingly as a freshman but moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2019. He made an immediate impact, catching 54 passes for 649 yards and earning First-Team All-SEC honors. Pitts took things to another level in 2020, becoming Florida’s most dangerous pass-catcher. Despite playing in just eight games, Pitts collected 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. In addition to being First-Team All-SEC, Pitts was a unanimous All-American and the winner of the John Mackey Award.
In addition to being a proven pass-catcher with an impressive catch radius, Pitts has great versatility. In college, he lined up as a traditional tight end alongside the offensive tackle, in the slot, and even on the outside. At 6’5’’ and 239 pounds, he’s practically a tall wide receiver who lines up as a tight end. Pitts can be both a red-zone target and a downfield threat, allowing him to be used in a variety of ways.
The only downside with Pitts is that he’s not a traditional tight end with regard to his blocking. In fairness, he’s a serviceable run blocker and isn’t afraid to mix it up in the trenches. However, it’s not the strength of his game and he’s not going to be best utilized in a power-running scheme.
There is no doubt that Pitts will be the first tight end selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Whether he goes in the top-10 picks will depend on the preference of teams. However, he has a chance to be one of the most impactful pass-catching tight ends in the NFL. Considering how versatile he can be in one of the league’s more creative offensive schemes, he’ll be snatched up quickly on Day 1 by a team that isn’t looking for a quarterback.