In the SEC season opener against Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts had a day. Pitts finished with 8 catches for 170 yards and 4 touchdowns. In fact, Kyle Pitts did enough today to improve his 2021 NFL Draft stock. To go a step further, He might have solidified himself as a first round pick.
Heading into the season opener, the general consensus has been that Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth is the leader of the pack. Nicknamed ‘Baby Gronk’, Freiermuth plays very similar to Rob Gronkowski. However, the Big Ten scheduled to start play towards the end of October. As a result, Kyle Pitts is raising his 2021 NFL Draft stock given that he’s on TV. Additionally, Brevin Jordan from the University of Miami is another tight end prospect that could battle for the top spot. D’Eriq King, the transfer from the University of Houston, is now at quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes. Through three games this season, Jordan has 15 receptions for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
Nonetheless, Kyle Pitts has the traits and abilities for the tight end position that NFL Scouts will pound the table for. The video below, against Ole Miss, is a prime example of what makes Kyle Pitts so valuable.
As you can see above, Pitts does a great job of tracking this ball downfield in traffic. More so, he’s engaged with the cornerback, but still manages to create separation in a confined area. Despite measuring in at 6’6 and 240 pounds, Pitts looks like a wide receiver here in the end zone.
Ultimately, I think we’ll end up seeing Kyle Pitts off the board in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. What he’s able to do on a football field, and the versatility that he’ll offer, should be enough.