2021 NFL Draft Player Preview: Kyle Pitts

  • Kyle Pitts, 6-6/239

  • Tight End

  • Florida

  • Kyle Pitts 2020 Preview
    By Charlie Campbell

    Career Recap: Kyle Pitts was one of the SEC's breakout players in 2019, producing an excellent season for the Gators. After serving as a backup in 2018, Pitts exploded on the scene as a sophomore. In 2019, he hauled in 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns. His season could have been bigger, however, Florida had a deep stable of receivers to spread the ball around, but Pitts produced a lot of big plays for the Gators.

    2020 Season Outlook: Pitts should produce a big junior year, assuming he stays healthy. Quarterback Kyle Trask should be even better now that he has some experience, plus the Gators lost multiple receivers to the NFL, so they could lean heavily on Pitts. The toughest opponents that Pitts will see in 2020 include Kentucky, LSU, Georgia, and Florida State.

    Skill-Set Summary: One of the most dangerous mismatch weapons for any NFL offense is a receiving tight end. A tight end with size, speed and athleticism is a nightmare for defenses to cover downfield, and Pitts is that kind of mismatch weapon for the next level.

    Pitts is special as a receiver. He is fast for a tight end and really fires off the ball to get into the secondary. Not only is Pitts quick to find openings downfield, but he is a smooth mover who glides through the defense and is able to generate separation from his route-running as well. Pitts has impressive suddenness and explosiveness for a tight end, and really, he moves like a big wide receiver. Pitts uses his tall and long frame to make catches over defensive backs, and he is dangerous in the red zone with his size-mismatch ability. Pitts has solid hands, and with his great athleticism, he makes some difficult catches look easy. After the catch, his speed and agility allow him to pick up good yardage, and he made some superb runs after the catch as a sophomore.

    The biggest area for Pitts to improve as a junior is his blocking ability. Pitts has some size to him, but he does not pack much of a punch and does not block with attitude. If Pitts got stronger that would help, but that would not be worth it if it caused him to lose explosion and speed as a receiver. Most of all, just blocking with more tenacity and wanting to would make a difference for Pitts.

    Even if Pitts does not improve as a blocker during his junior year, that won't sink his draft stock, as he will be selected off of his receiving mismatch ability. For the NFL, Pitts could be a dynamic receiving tight end, as he is too big for safeties or cornerbacks while being too fast for linebackers to cover. Depending on which team he lands with and how he develops, Pitts could end up being a top receiving tight end at the pro level.

    2021 NFL Draft Expectations: Entering the 2020 season, Pitts looks like a first- or second-round prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft.



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