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Kyle Pitts NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Atlanta Falcons TE

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a 15-yard pass reception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt, in Gainesville, Fla. Pitts was selected to The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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HEIGHT:
 6'5 "

WEIGHT: 245


POSITIVES

—Long and tall TE built more like a basketball wing than power forward. Excellent frame that can get bigger as he gets older.

—A true “ball winner.” Attacks the football in the air. Good overall hands and consistently comes down with contested catches.

—Plays with a competitive edge and is a willing blocker. Shows good awareness for assignment and plays with no hesitation. Has a slighter build but doesn’t need to be hidden on the backside. 

—Matchup nightmare. Is comfortable lining up across the formation and is an actual tangible weapon as a lone receiver in a formation, unlocking potential matchup advantages in the NFL.

—Very good with the ball in his hands. Can open up in space and runs with good balance to generate yards after catch.

—Elite athlete across the board.

—Will be 20 years old when drafted.

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NEGATIVES

—Leaner build will limit his ability to consistently sustain in the run game when he first enters the NFL, will need to continue to add to his play strength. Has the frame to do so.

 

2020 STATISTICS

8 G, 43 rec., 770 yards, 17.9 avg., 12 TD

   

NOTES

—2020 first-team All-SEC

—2019 first-team All-SEC

      

OVERALL

Kyle Pitts has all the makings of being a true matchup nightmare at the TE position with the athleticism, versatility, grit and skill set to play across the formation. Pitts has excellent length with very good height. He will need to continue to add strength but has plenty of room for growth because of his young age and long frame.

Pitts has the talent and skill set to run a full route tree when detached from the formation and would consistently win when he was the isolated receiver in a formation against CBs. He plays with a competitive edge and will fight when playing in-line as a traditional TE. He is merely a shield blocker at this point in time, but he will not have to be hidden from blocking duties like other receiving TEs.

Overall, Pitts may have an adjustment period early in his career as he adds play strength, but he has the incredible combination of elite athleticism, size, skills and work ethic that will allow him to be one of the best TEs and receiving threats in the NFL for years to come. 

GRADE: 9.4/10 (Potential All-Pro, Top-10 overall pick)

OVERALL RANK2/300

POSITION RANK: TE1

PRO COMPARISON: Darren Waller

   

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice

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