Kyle Pitts may be this draft’s finest huge receiver, and he’s a decent finish


Here he is not showing off his full, crazy wingspan.

Right here he isn’t exhibiting off his full, loopy wingspan.
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Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Darren Waller have ushered in a brand new age of receiving-threat TEs, following within the footsteps of Rob Gronkowski (who’s nonetheless round) and Jimmy Graham (who largely isn’t). Subsequent in line might very nicely be a prospect out of Florida that can go very excessive on this yr’s NFL Draft. If you happen to’re not but acquainted with the phenom, enable me to introduce you to Kyle Pitts.

This isn’t only a tight finish. This can be a unicorn. This mixture of dimension, velocity, size, agility, fingers, and route operating is uncommon. If he have been a large receiver as an alternative of a decent finish, I might make a powerful case for him being one of the best receiver on 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 finest tight finish in faculty soccer, however he did one higher than that — he turned the first tight finish in faculty soccer historical past to be named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which acknowledges probably the most excellent receiver in faculty soccer no matter place.

Fairly frankly, if it wasn’t for accidents holding him out of three video games, it’s potential 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).

Right now was Pitts’ professional day, so let’s speak about it. He crushed it. Completely destroyed it. First, his measurements: 6’5 5/8”, 245 lbs, 10 5/8“ hand dimension, 33 4/8” arm size, 83 3/8” wingspan. That wingspan, by the best way, is sort of spectacular.

Pitts is basically the identical top and weight as Corridor of Fame huge receiver Calvin Johnson — they’re the identical top, with Pitts weighing six kilos greater than Johnson. At that dimension, he additionally confirmed off his velocity, posting a ridiculous 4.44 40-yard sprint. Based on NFL Community, 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 along with his dimension, velocity, ridiculous wingspan, and his huge receiver-level route operating makes him arguably probably the most impactful participant on this draft. Within the College of Florida Professional Day media session (which I attended just about, and which was a complete 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 instantly that they’ve spoken twice earlier than on Zoom, and he spoke with them at the moment at his Professional Day, and they’re scheduled to have one other Zoom name quickly. He stated “I feel they’ve actual curiosity,” and that “it could be a dream to go high 5 and be the primary non-QB drafted.” The Falcons have the No. 4 general decide within the draft.

Get accustomed to 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.



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