Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Darren Waller have ushered in a new age of receiving-threat TEs, following within the footsteps of Rob Gronkowski (who’s nonetheless round) and Jimmy Graham (who largely isn’t). Next in line might very properly be a prospect out of Florida that may go very excessive in this yr’s NFL Draft. If you’re not but acquainted with the phenom, enable me to introduce you to Kyle Pitts.
This is not only a tight end. This is a unicorn. This mixture of measurement, velocity, size, agility, palms, and route operating is uncommon. If he have been a wide receiver as an alternative of a tight end, I might make a sturdy case for him being the best receiver in this class.
In solely eight video games this yr, Pitts logged 43 catches for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. He simply received the Mackey Award for best tight end in school soccer, however he did one higher than that — he turned the first tight end in school soccer historical past to be named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which acknowledges probably the most excellent receiver in school soccer no matter place.
Quite frankly, if it wasn’t for accidents holding him out of three video games, it’s attainable that Pitts would have been named a Heisman Trophy finalist. He was that dominant this season, together with an absurd opening act towards Ole Miss the place he racked up 170 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns on eight catches. His 17.9 yards per reception this yr places him in elite playmaker territory, a full two yards per reception greater than Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith (whom I like).
Today was Pitts’ professional day, so let’s speak about it. He crushed it. Absolutely destroyed it. First, his measurements: 6’5 5/8”, 245 lbs, 10 5/8“ hand size, 33 4/8” arm size, 83 3/8” wingspan. That wingspan, by the best way, is kind of spectacular.
Pitts is actually the identical top and weight as Hall of Fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson — they’re the identical top, with Pitts weighing six kilos greater than Johnson. At that measurement, he additionally confirmed off his velocity, posting a ridiculous 4.44 40-yard dash. According to NFL Network, that 40-yard sprint time was the quickest time by a participant 6’5” or taller since… Calvin Johnson.
Kyle Pitts is particular. The mismatch issues that he creates together with his measurement, velocity, ridiculous wingspan, and his wide receiver-level route operating makes him arguably probably the most impactful participant in this draft. In the University of Florida Pro Day media session (which I attended nearly, and which was a whole clusterfuck session of two-plus hours with about an hour of useless time, coupled with audio points, echoes, individuals not being muted, and scheduling nightmares… however I digress), Pitts was requested if the Atlanta Falcons had been in contact with him. He answered very straight that they’ve spoken twice earlier than on Zoom, and he spoke with them right now at his Pro Day, and they’re scheduled to have one other Zoom name quickly. He mentioned “I think they have real interest,” and that “it would be a dream to go top five and be the first non-QB drafted.” The Falcons have the No. 4 total choose within the draft.
Get acquainted with the identify — Kyle Pitts is right here to remain, and he’s poised to take the league by storm as early as his rookie season. This play-making weapon has all of the potential on this planet.