2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report


Kyle Pitts

July 3, 2020 1:00 PM EST


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School: Florida

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 239

Eligibility: JR

Uniform: #84

Position: TE


Evaluated by: Nick DeJong
@NickDynastyFF
July 3, 2020

Prospect Overview

Kyle Pitts hails from Abington, Pennsylvania and committed to the Florida Gators in 2017 over the likes of Alabama, Wisconsin, Ohio state, UCLA, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Miami. A true Freshman in 2018, Pitts played the role of backup tight end finishing the year with only three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown competing in a crowded tight end room.


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In 2019, he took over as the starting tight end and never looked back, garnering First-Team all-SEC 2019 honors. With 54 receptions for 549 yards and 5 touchdowns, Pitts led all tight ends in the SEC in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. And he was consistent, averaging at least 3 catches per game in 12 of the 13 games in which he played. Pitts was able to help his team win the Capital One Orange Bowl against the Virginia Cavaliers in 2019 as he looks to build off that win and continue his strong play and momentum heading into the 2020 season.

Positives

The first characteristic that stands out when evaluating Pitts is his outstanding size, length and overall athleticism. He is currently listed at 6'6 but moves like a 6'2 athletic wide receiver. Pitts is going to be an absolute matchup nightmare for NFL defensive coordinators. He has the size and strength to easily beat cornerbacks and safeties and he combines that with the speed to be almost uncoverable for linebackers. He often shows off his terrific hands, quickly snatching the ball and taking it upfield in a hurry and racking up yards in the process.


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I really love the versatility that Pitts brings. Each game I watched I routinely saw him line up anywhere as the X, F, Y and sometimes H back positions. That versatility is going to endear him to his head coach and offensive coordinator. When he lines up out wide, he plays the game like an athletic jumbo wide receiver and I expect him to quickly become a heavy target favorite with his future NFL quarterback.

Areas for Improvement

The one area I would like to see Pitts improve upon is his blocking. Not because I see it as a glaring weakness or a red flag in his game, I actually think his blocking is good, but it could use some refining. Part of that refinement would be his concentration. Often he really engages the defender stopping any chance of penetration to the backfield, and on other occasions his determination to block seems to let him down. A few times I noticed that he whiffed on an attempted block but that can be easily corrected by NFL coaching about his stance and staying square to the defender.


I also believe that added muscle and strength would also improve his blocking and ability to anchor against opposing defensive lineman and Pitts has the frame to carry more of that weight easily. Overall, Pitts has very few flaws as an NFL prospect, and most of it surrounds his blocking skills with me being nitpicky in other areas of his game.


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Draft Stock

The 2021 tight end draft class is much improved in quality over the 2020 class in large part to Kyle Pitts. Had Pitts been a part of the 2020 class he absolutely would have been the first tight end selected in the draft. For reference, Florida had three wide receivers taken in the 2020 draft, including Van Jefferson in the second round. Pitts had the most receiving yards of all of them.

I expect him to absolutely light up the NFL combine showing off his freak athleticism and cement his status as one of the top draft eligible tight ends we have seen in a few years. Should Pitts follow up with another dominant season in 2020 putting up the numbers he's capable of, all the while staying healthy, I do envision him as a first round tight end in the 2021 draft with a solid chance of getting selected as one of the first 10 picks.


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Player Comparison

The first comparison that stands out to me for Pitts is the Vegas Raiders Darren Waller out of Georgia Tech. Waller, who was originally listed as a WR at his NFL combine, was also listed as 6'6 and 238 pounds at the time and ran a 4.46 40 yard dash. Like I mentioned earlier, I expect Pitts to crush the 2020 NFL combine and quickly become a draft analyst darling in the process. Waller is not considered to be one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL, but I do think that Pitts is already ahead of where Waller was in that department at the same age.

Like Waller, NFL teams are going to have to specifically game plan on how to slow down or try and contain Pitts, because I don't think he can be shut down entirely. Although Waller didn't break out until a bit later in his career due to personal issues off the field, I expect Pitts to make an immediate impact in the passing game year one. Similarly to Waller, Pitts combines size, speed, excellent hands and outstanding athleticism into what I would call a "Ferrariesque"-like tight end. Waller is currently considered as one of the NFL's best top 10 tight ends, and I expect Pitts will quickly establish himself in the same group.

Games Evaluated

  • vs South Carolina
  • vs Florida state
  • vs Auburn
  • vs Missouri (worst game)
  • vs LSU (best game)
  • vs Georgia

Notes from Film

  • Lined up at the X, Z, Y and F spots multiple times throughout most of his games showing versatility
  • A physical mismatch for linebackers, corners and safeties
  • Shows top notch concentration on contested balls
  • Routinely plucks the ball from the air with a firm grasp
  • Appears to be a natural hands catcher
  • Routinely busts coverage with his outstanding speed
  • Showed solid improvement throughout the 2019 season with his blocking
  • Long arms allow for a huge catch radius and makes fully extended arm catches look easy
  • Consistently creates separation from his defender allowing for a large throwing window
  • Shows nice patience when setting up his route stem
  • Capable of eluding multiple defenders in open space
  • Strength and vision allow for multiple broken tackles
  • Can freeze linebackers and corners with double moves along his route stem
  • Nice one handed catch in traffic on a crossing route vs Georgia
  • Obvious red zone target
  • Shows excellent awareness on contested and jump balls
  • Did show two nice pass blocks on an island vs both of South Carolina's edge rushers
  • Knows how to use his large frame to box out defenders
  • Can get uprooted or overpowered at times when blocking
  • Capable of racking up yards after the catch


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