Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts shall be a first-round choose in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Pitts, who caught 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 TDs for the Gators as a junior in 2020, evokes comparisons to Pro Football Hall of Fame large receiver Calvin Johnson due to his measurements.
Pitts is 6-5, 245 kilos with an 83-inch wingspan. He runs a 4.44 in the 40-yard sprint. He has a 33.5-inch vertical and hit 22 reps on 225 kilos. He would have been one in all the predominant sights of the NFL Scouting Combine with these numbers.
Johnson was the No. 2 total choose in the 2007 NFL Draft, however he was a receiver. Pitts is a tight finish, and that makes him a extra intriguing prospect in some methods due to the history at the place.
- How many tight ends have been first-round picks?
- Highest-drafted tight ends in NFL history
- How dangerous is drafting a tight finish in Round 1?
- First-round TE draft picks since 2010
- Kyle Pitts draft projections
How many tight ends have been first-round picks?
A complete of 56 tight ends have been chosen in the first spherical since the first widespread draft in 1967. Penn State tight finish Ted Kwalick was chosen with the No. 7 choose by Penn State in 1969.
Of these 56 tight ends, a complete of 28 made at the least one Pro Bowl look.
Highest-drafted tight ends in NFL history
A complete of 14 tight ends have been chosen with top-10 picks since 1967.
Denver took Riley Odoms with the No. 5 total choose in the 1972 NFL Draft – the highest choice ever for a tight finish.
|2006||Vernon Davis||6||San Francisco||Maryland|
|2004||Kellen Winlsow II||6||Cleveland||Miami, Fla.|
|1969||Ted Kwalick||7||San Francisco||Penn State|
|1974||J.V. Cain||7||St. Louis||Colorado|
|1978||Ken MacAfee||7||San Francisco||Notre Dame|
|1996||Rickey Dudley||9||Oakland||Ohio State|
|1995||Kyle Brady||9||N.Y. Jets||Penn State|
|2014||Eric Ebron||10||Detroit||North Carolina|
Out of these tight ends, Vernon Davis had the greatest profession. He completed with 583 receptions for 7,562 yards and 63 TDs. Davis loved a 14-year profession that was productive, and he is perhaps the higher comparability to Pitts. Davis was 6-3, 248 kilos and ran a 4.39 at the NFL Combine.
How dangerous is drafting a tight finish in Round 1?
There is a bust issue at work. A complete of 20 of these 56 tight ends – or 35.7 p.c – completed with lower than 2,000 receiving yards for his or her profession. A complete of 16 — or 28.5 p.c — completed with greater than 5,000 receiving yards for his or her profession. Here is a take a look at the most-productive first-round tight ends in NFL history:
|2004||Kellen Winslow II||6||469||5,236||25|
Gonzalez, Newsome and Winslow are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Clark is a candidate to hitch them in Canton. That 5,000-yard threshold can be the minimal expectation ought to a group draft Pitts with a first-round choose.
First-round TE draft picks since 2010
Here is a take a look at tight ends drafted in the first spherical since 2010 and their manufacturing in the NFL up to now:
Hockenson and Fant have loved success in their first two seasons. Ebron has the most manufacturing, however a number of of those tight ends have battled accidents and inconsistency all through their careers.
Kyle Pitts draft projections
Atlanta Falcons (No. 4)
The Falcons can be the first group to not take a quarterback, and Pitts would match in an offense that already options Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Atlanta does have Hayden Hurst, nonetheless, so Ja’Marr Chase is a candidate to be taken in this spot.
Cincinnati Bengals (No. 5)
The Bengals are a higher wager to take Oregon sort out Penei Sewell, however there are worth picks at offensive line in the second and third rounds, respectively. Pitts might open the center of the discipline and be a dominant red-zone goal for Joe Burrow. Cincinnati, nonetheless, already tried this with Jermaine Gresham (2013) and Tyler Eifert (2013).
Miami Dolphins (No. 6)
Miami has shuffled round the draft board via trades, and this may be a query of who quarterback Tua Tagovailoa needs. Would Alabama receivers DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle be higher matches right here realizing the Dolphins have already got Mike Gesicki at tight finish?
Carolina Panthers (No. 8)
The Panthers traded for Sam Darnold, so it is unlikely (however nonetheless potential) they take a quarterback right here. The Panthers had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson final season, and Pitts can be the good goal so as to add to that.
Dallas Cowboys (No. 10)
The Cowboys have a loaded offense, and Dak Prescott is on the restoration path. Add Pitts to the combine, and it turns into one in all the greatest offenses in the NFL round Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and a strong offensive line. Jerry Jones might make that splash right here, and it is a good match.
Phiadelphia Eagles (No. 12)
We do not see Pitts falling any additional than this, and if he does attain No. 10 then a group would possibly commerce as much as get the star tight finish. Zach Ertz has been a commerce candidate via the offseason, and drafting Pitts would make that transfer simpler.