Draft Profile: Florida TE Kyle Pitts
5 February 2021 TIGHT END
Measurables: 6’6″ 245 LBs
The first thing you need to do when evaluating Kyle Pitts is to remember the old, but extremely important lesson you learned as a kid, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Meaning, when you see TE Kyle Pitts, don’t automatically think of Jason Witten or Kyle Rudolph before reading the first page. This kid is as dynamic as they come. It is truly amazing that his high school coach told him he was not going to find much success at TE and within a year, he had D1 offers to play TE.
Pitts really found his footing at Archbishop Wood, in Warminster, PA. He became a dominate TE and landed at the University of Florida. As a true Freshman, Pitts played in 11 games as a back up. In his Sophomore year, he had a huge jump and earned First Team All-SEC honors. As a junior, he dominated until forgoing the rest of the season, including the upcoming bowl game.
Pitts suffered a wicked concussion and had to have surgery on his nose after taking a vicious hit on November 7, against Georgia. He also suffered a left toe injury against Texas A&M but that was a minor injury.
The main takeaways for Pitts are that he is a unicorn at his position. He runs like a receiver and does more than hold his own in regards to blocking. Pitts is a mismatch waiting to be unleashed. His ceiling is as high as the coaching staff builds it.
Career Stats via, ESPN
2020 vs Alabama: 7-129-1
2020 vs Ole Miss: 8-170-4
2020 vs Kentucky: 5-99-3
- Elite hands and ability to high point the ball;
- ultimate chess piece and a mismatch for anyone;
- elite size and athleticism;
- more than a willing blocker;
- top tier IQ;
- YAC and wiggle;
- can beat man and gets plenty of separation.
- Can evolve more as a pass protection TE;
- left foot medical check (but should be more than fine).
NFL Comparison: Darren Waller (size, speed, athleticism), Shannon Sharpe (burst and ability after the catch), and Noah Fant (effectiveness underneath and balance)
Projection: Top 15 Pick
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