Tight Ends are all the rage once again and this looks to be a good year if a team is in the market for one. Set to be the first TE to hear his name called during the draft and that could well come in the first half of the first round. One of the premier prospects at that position is Kyle Pitts, standing at an impressive 6'6" he looks to be that match-up nightmare that teams are looking for.
As well as being very tall he is extremely athletic and can play in multiple positions across the field (inline, on the wing, in the slot, or split out to the edge). He is a good route runner and dependable target in the end zone. As a blocker, he needs to get stronger but still shows willingness in that area. A former QB and so brings that great understanding of the game and the offense.
Pitts led all SEC tight ends in receptions and receiving yards in 2019. He's one of just nine FBS tight ends since 2015 to finish with more than 50 catches, 625-plus receiving yards, and at least five touchdowns in a season. He's a hybrid F-TE/big slot receiver with an excellent frame, long arms, and very good athletic ability. He has the size and second gear to regularly threaten downfield. He has a big catch radius and solid overall ball skills.
In 2020, Pitts accounted for 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. In most mock drafts for the 2021 NFL Draft, Pitts is considered to be a top-10 selection, going as high as No. 2 overall to the New York Jets. While it is unlikely that Pitts will be selected that high, he is certainly thought of that highly among draft analysts throughout the country.
Currently, there is a debate whether or not Pitts could be the best pass-catcher regardless of position in the draft, ahead of LSU's Jamarr Chase. That, combined with the incredible athleticism Pitts showed at Florida's Pro day where he ran an amazing 4.46 in the 40, could propel the tight end to be selected ahead of plenty of receivers, possibly even Chase.