Kyle Pitts NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Kyle Pitts NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparison

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By Mitchell Wolfe April 2, 2021 0 Comment
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Kyle Pitts is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Kyle Pitts is a tight end from Florida and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. He started eight games for the Gators during the 2020 season, missing four due to a concussion. Pitts caught 43 passes for 770 yards with 12 touchdowns during the 2020 season. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the highest-graded tight end in college football this season, finishing with an Offensive grade of 96.2. He also finished first in Receiving grades (96.1) and Drops (91.0); his Run Blocking grade was 65.8, and his Pass Blocking grade was 77.1.

Pitts originally played quarterback in high school but switched to tight end and defensive end. He helped lead Archbishop Wood high school to a state title his senior year and recorded four tackles, two interceptions, and one touchdown in the championship game. Pitts was a consensus four-star recruit and one of the top ten players in Pennsylvania. He earned offers from 20 schools, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, and Oklahoma, and ultimately chose to attend the University of Florida.

Pitts got onto the field immediately as a true freshman in 2018, playing in 11 games, mostly as a reserve tight end and on special teams. He earned the starting tight end job for the 2019 season and started 12 of Florida’s 13 games, earning unanimous All-SEC First-Team honors.

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However, Pitts truly ascended to another level during the 2020 season. He started the season with a bang against Mississippi, catching eight passes for 170 yards and four touchdowns. Pitts started eight games for the Gators, missing four due to a concussion and an ankle injury. He played his best towards the end of the season, catching 19 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the final three games he played in. Despite missing some time with injuries, Pitts still won the Mackey Award and was a unanimous selection to the All-SEC and All-American First-Teams. He left Gainesville as the Gator’s all-time leader in receiving yards for tight ends while finishing second in receptions.

In the NFL, Kyle Pitts projects as a dynamic weapon that can be the featured weapon an offense is built around. Pitts is arguably the best non-quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft and maybe even the best player overall. He can line up in the backfield, attached as the end man on the line of scrimmage, as a wing/nub off the line, in the slot, and out wide. Pitts can run a full route tree as a tight end, slot receiver, and wide receiver. While he is not a dominant blocking tight end like George Kittle, he is more than serviceable in the run game and pass protection. Pitts is especially lethal in the red zone and has the speed to stretch the field vertically. If Kyle Pitts can’t fit in your offensive scheme, you need a new one.

Scouting Capsule

Kyle Pitts NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements & Pro Day

At Florida, Kyle Pitts was listed at 6’6″ and 241 pounds. At Florida’s Pro Day, Pitts measured in at 6 feet and 5 5/8 inches (6055) and 245 pounds. His hands are 10 5/8″, his arms are 33 1/2″, and his wingspan is 83 3/8″; the wingspan is the largest for a tight end since 1999.

In the drills, Pitts ran a 4.44 40-yard dash, a 4.30 short shuttle, and a 7.13 three-cone drill. He lept 33.5″ in the vertical and 10 feet and 9 inches (129″). Finally, Pitts put up 22 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

Highlights

Strengths

  • Great size and elite length: has the height and leaping ability to consistently win in jump ball situations; length can help defeat Press at the line and even as a blocker.
  • Experienced from every type of position/alignment: H-/Up-Back, Y, F/U/nub, slot, Z, X; can run the full route tree from any alignment.
  • Very good release technique from a variety of alignments and stances: great quick feet can surprise defensive backs, and he understands how to use his hands to deflect and defeat Press-Jam techniques; consistently threatens the vertical into his stem before breaking.
  • Great route-runner: smooth and fluid in and out of his breaks, displaying understanding of how to use and manipulate defender’s leverage; reads zones well and understands where to sit in the zone; breaks off route well when ball is in the air.
  • Excellent hands: 4% career drop percentage with 0 drops in 2020; large hands help him secure the ball and consistently catches with extension to prevent the ball from getting into the body; comfortable catching on the move and turns into a runner very smoothly after the catch.
  • Elite skills as a contested-catch/jump ball receiver: obviously possesses the necessary physical profile and understands how to establish leverage and control his body as he elevates; plucks the ball out of the air over a defender’s hand or head with ease.
  • Very effective at picking up yards after the catch: long legs allow him to eat up ground in the open field very quickly; athleticism allows him to make at least one defender miss and can physically finish through a defender to grind for an extra yard.
  • Pitts is a fine run blocker: there’s a lot of talk about this, but he’s just fine, as he can crash down to help seal edge defenders and climb to the second level to take out linebackers; he’s not Marcedes Lewis, but he’s more than serviceable.
  • Solid pass blocker, as athleticism and movement skills obviously help him mirror outside pass rushers and has surprisingly decent technique; but keeping him in to block on passing downs is a waste of his skills.

Weaknesses

  • Does not have overwhelming play strength at the point of attack in the run game, leading to concerns that he could struggle against heavier/stronger defensive ends; could stand to put on some pounds of muscle to hold up
  • Should not be asked to repeatedly set the edge with Base and Drive blocks in Man/Gap run schemes; needs to work on his blocking technique

NFL Comparison

Darren Waller (Baltimore Ravens 2015 – 2016, Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders 2018 – 2019)

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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