2021 NFL Draft Kyle Pitts Profile

by Jon Witt
2021 NFL Draft Kyle Pitts Profile

Welcome to the 2021 NFL Draft Profile for Kyle Pitts. I'm excited as we get to take a look at a key prospect on the offensive side of the ball.

This is the first of many articles that will break down the college career of the draft class as well as project how they will fit in the NFL.

Kyle Pitts was one of the most explosive players last season in all of college football.

He is arguably the best TE to enter the draft in the last twenty years!

2021 NFL Draft Kyle Pitts Profile

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Collegiate Career

Overview

Pitts is a former four-star recruit who was recruited by the likes of Alabama, Baylor, Georgia before ultimately choosing Florida.

He came in at 154 overall on the ESPN 2018 recruiting big board.

After barely seeing the field in his freshman year, Pitts earned First Team All-SEC honors his sophomore season.

During his junior season, he was a unanimous selection as an All-American and won the John Mackey Award (Nations top tight end)

Stats

In his freshman season, Pitts struggled to see the field, playing in only three games.

He had a lackluster three balls for 73 yards and one touchdown in his freshman campaign.

During his sophomore season, he started to turn it around, playing in 13 games for the Gators, catching 54 balls, five touchdowns with 649 yards.

The recent season was the coming-out party for Pitts. He was the main focus of the offense and a favorite target for Kyle Trask.

Pitts averaged 17.9 yards a catch in eight games, catching 12 touchdowns on the season.

His career at Florida finished with 100 rec, 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Tale of the Tape

Standing at 6’6 240 lbs, Pitts jumps off the tape.

He is a rare athlete who has great size and elite acceleration.

If you watch the way he runs his routes, he runs like a WR, with the ability to change direction on a dime.

Often times at Florida he utilized his body control to win the contested catches which makes him a great red zone weapon.

College defenses had a hard time covering him in press coverage (see graphic above) and very few could man him one on one.

What people do not talk about enough is his run blocking. He is not afraid to stick his shoulder into someone to spring the runner.

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Draft Projections

I can see Pitts going as high as 8 to the Panthers, but I think he settles into the 13-15 range, landing with the Chargers or the Patriots.

An ideal landing spot is one that will be creative in the play call with him.

Teams need to not be afraid to use his size and athletic ability and allow him to go out and make plays. That is when he is at his best.

Mock Draft

Our most recent mock draft was published ahead of Super Bowl LV.

  • 10.) Dallas Cowboys - Bob
  • 13.) Los Angeles Chargers - Jon (me)
  • 15.) New England Patriots - Kyle & Selyan

Conclusion

Pitts is a freak of an athlete. There really is nothing this man cannot do on the field.

He is the total package for an NFL pass catcher, let alone a TE.

Before he even gets drafted, I personally have him fourth in my dynasty TEs rankings behind only George Kittle, Travis Kelce and Darren Waller.

I do not see that ranking changing much as he can fit with any NFL scheme.

In dynasty rookie drafts, he will easily be a top tier round one pick.


Be sure to check out our early 2021 NFL Mock Draft, as well as the Fantasy Six Pack Way Too Early 2021 Fantasy Football Mock Draft

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