The University of Florida is always producing top tier NFL talent, and they may have helped mold one of the best tight ends to ever come out of the NFL Draft. Kyle Pitts is without a doubt the most dominant prospect from the tight end position in recent draft memory and there’s not a single team in the NFL that wouldn’t benefit from drafting him.
Pitts, a 6-foot-6 tight end with the hands of a receiver, is quite literally the perfect tight end prospect and could be a steal for a team if he slides past the fifth pick. He has a great blocking ability and his catch radius is the best the league has ever seen from a tight end prospect.
He was nothing short of fantastic in his college career and there will be a slew of NFL teams blowing up his phone in hopes of landing the star tight end. Pitts, in three seasons at Florida, hauled in 100 receptions for 1,492 receiving yards (14.9 yards per reception) and 18 touchdowns for the Gators.
Pitts is hands down the best tight end in this year’s draft and he could be a top-10 tight end in the NFL from the second he steps on the field. Let’s take a look at the four best landing spots for Florida tight end Kyle Pitts in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles have seemed like the front-runners to wind up with Kyle Pitts from the get go and they could look to snag him in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Eagles recently traded back to pick number 12 in the first round of the Draft, but they have to be hoping that Pitts will still be on the board.
Pitts, a native of Philadelphia, has been linked to the Eagles since the draft order first came out. The Eagles trading back to pick number 12 could cost them the opportunity to pick Pitts, but he should still be on their draft board. The Eagles have been actively shopping their tight end Zach Ertz and they could deal him before start of the draft and adding Pitts to replace him would surely be the best case scenario.
He would be a great weapon to have for second-year signal caller Jalen Hurts and a new coaching staff wouldn’t have to do too much coaching on Pitts. Pitts has all the tools to be a superstar and the Eagles could make a splash by drafting him.
The Dallas Cowboys currently have the 10th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and they could get lucky and have Florida tight end Kyle Pitts fall right into their laps. The Cowboys have some bigger needs than a tight end, but passing up on Pitts would be silly.
Pitts is quite literally a top three talent in this draft class behind just Trevor Lawrence and Penei Sewell and he could have a huge impact on the Dallas offense. Sure, the Cowboys have Blake Jarwin who has played well, but the Cowboys should not pass up on a talent like Pitts.
An offense that has Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and one of the league’s best receiving corps, Pitts would fit like a glove. If the Cowboys picked up Pitts, he could pick up right where Jason Witten left off.
While the Detroit Lions may have their sights set on some other prospects with their number seven overall pick, not considering Pitts would be a big mistake. The Lions need some receiving talent to help build around Jared Goff and they could snag one of the best tight ends in the NFL Draft’s history at pick number seven.
More than likely, Pitts will still be available at pick number seven, so the Lions should certainly look to add him to the team. The team currently has TJ Hockenson and Josh Hill at the position, but former tight end coach Dan Campbell may not be able to pass up on a dominant prospect like Pitts.
Kyle Pitts has an incredible wing span and could be an elite pass catching threat for the Lions. The Lions could also get creative and use Pitts in a partial receiver role while still rotating the talents of Hill and Hockenson. This is a pick that could make the Lions a scary team to defend in the near future.
The Atlanta Falcons currently have the number four overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and they could use the selection to snag Pitts. The Falcons have a need for an upgrade at the tight end position as Hayden Hurst is better utilized as a complimentary piece and Pitts could be their guy.
Imagine defending an offense that has Matt Ryan at quarterback, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley at wide receiver, and Kyle Pitts at tight end. That sounds intimidating. The Falcons have to make a major splash in order to compete with the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the competitive NFC South and adding Pitts to the roster could be a great way to do just that.
The Falcons could land the best tight end they’ve had since Tony Gonzalez hung up the cleats and that’s not even an understatement. Atlanta would be making a major mistake by passing up on Pitts in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.