Florida’s Kyle Pitts is the perfect tight finish within the 2021 NFL Draft. This isn’t a scorching take. Pitts is without doubt one of the finest tight finish prospects we’ve ever seen. This isn’t hyperbole. 31 groups gained’t be leaving the draft with Pitts, although. In consequence, the main target is of course starting to shift to the following tier of TEs.
Professional Soccer Community Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline presently has 43 tight ends ranked on his massive board. When requested by Professional Soccer Community’s Chief NFL analyst Trey Wingo concerning the prospects behind Pitts, although, he was lower than complimentary, stating: “it form of falls off a cliff after that.”
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Who might be TE2?
Pauline has three tight ends with Day 2 grades on his massive board. After Pitts, Pauline believes that tight finish chosen second within the 2021 NFL Draft might be a kind of gamers. “Perhaps Pat Freiermuth from Penn State within the mid-part of Spherical 2. Tommy Tremble from Notre Dame is shifting up draft boards, however he’s a third-round decide. Brevin Jordan of Miami of Florida — once more, (he’s a) actually good athlete with excessive upside, however he’s a third-round decide.”
On Freiermuth, Pauline wrote in his scouting report, “Freiermuth was a constant tight finish for Penn State the previous three seasons and has an NFL-ready sport. He should enhance his power as a blocker and should by no means be an awesome downfield menace on the place, however Freiermuth is dependable in all points of his place.” Freiermuth is presently sixty fourth on Pauline’s massive board.
Tommy Tremble, who’s presently the 81st-ranked prospect on Pauline’s massive board, has proven numerous potential in his faculty profession. Pauline famous: “Tremble displayed flashes of being a whole tight finish final season, dominating as a blocker and developing with massive performs as a move catcher. He’s a troublesome, athletic, and grind-it-out tight finish, with a big upside, however he might have time earlier than he’s really able to be a starter on the subsequent degree.”
Brevin Jordan rounds out Pauline’s second tier. The Miami tight finish is presently ranked 89th on Pauline’s massive board. Pauline believes, “Jordan is an athletic pass-catching tight finish who holds his personal as a blocker and has proven constant growth in his sport. Effectively-versed in all areas of the place, Jordan ought to solely get higher with time and may develop right into a No. 1 tight finish on the subsequent degree.”
Why is it a disappointing 2021 NFL Draft class for tight ends?
Pauline picked out two the reason why there aren’t as many high-level tight finish prospects within the 2021 NFL Draft.
“I feel two issues occurred that actually damage the tight finish class this yr. Primary — gamers who scouts earlier than the season thought had been middle-round picks (comparable to) Noah Grey of Duke, Nick Eubanks of Michigan, Tony Poljan of Virginia by means of Central Michigan — these guys got middle-round grades. However they actually didn’t play as much as expectations. Their video games fell, and now they’re going to be late-rounders or possibly even free brokers.
The opposite factor that occurred is that there have been a shocking variety of underclassmen prospects who determined to bypass the draft and return to highschool: Jalen Wydermyer of Texas A&M, who would have been a top-45 decide, Jake Ferguson of Wisconsin, Cade Otton of Washington, Charlie Kolar of Iowa State. These are all guys who, had they entered this yr’s draft, would have match into that third or fourth-round space. They might have been guys who would have began off as TE2s however are potential beginning tight ends down the highway within the NFL. They’re all going again to highschool, which actually dissipated and drained the expertise pool at that place.”
How excessive may Kyle Pitts be taken?
The primary three picks of the 2021 NFL Draft look as in the event that they’re going to be quarterbacks. Consequently, the brand new narrative is that “the draft begins at decide 4.” The Atlanta Falcons presently maintain that decide. With a brand new teaching workers, a brand new normal supervisor, and an growing older quarterback, they proceed to be linked to a QB. There’s a rising perception that they may very well be thinking about Pitts, although.
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Moreover, Wingo has continued to listen to superlatives about Pitts:
“I used to be on a name with numerous former NFL coaches, and GMs and Pitts was raved about. I get it – traditionally, taking a decent finish that top within the draft has not panned out. We’re not speaking about guys up to now. We’re speaking a few man who couldn’t run a straight line and nonetheless blazed his (40-yard sprint) time. You noticed the numbers he put up. He’s a large receiver in a decent finish’s physique.”
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