Kyle Pitts Drafted by Falcons: Atlanta's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 30, 2021

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) makes a touchdown catch against Alabama defensive back Brian Branch (14) during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The Atlanta Falcons selected one of the 2021 NFL draft's most explosive players by choosing Florida tight end Kyle Pitts with the fourth overall pick.

Pitts, who will not turn 21 years old until October, caught 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games in 2020.

Here's a peek at how Pitts should fit into the Falcons' offensive depth chart:


Falcons Depth Chart

QB: Matt Ryan

RB: Mike Davis, Qadree Ollison

WR 1: Julio Jones

WR 2: Calvin Ridley

WR 3: Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus, Cordarrelle Patterson

TE: Kyle Pitts, Hayden Hurst, Lee Smith

LT: Jake Matthews, Matt Gono

LG: Willie Wright, Josh Andrews

C: Matt Hennessy

RG: Chris Lindstrom

RT: Kaleb McGary, Willie Beavers


Pro Football Focus noted that Pitts was the only college football player to have zero drops on 65-plus targets. He also never dropped a red-zone pass (31 targets) at Florida, per PFF.

PFF's Mike Renner raved about Pitts and his fit in any NFL team's offense:


“There’s not a team in the NFL right now that couldn’t use a Kyle Pitts in their offense.” 🗣 @PFF_Mike https://t.co/QpuNlWJ2cG

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. called Pitts his highest-ever graded tight end prospect at No. 5 overall (h/t Marcus Mosher of Raiders Wire) and that the only other tight end who has received a similar grade out of college is Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Jr.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban discussed the tight end before the Crimson Tide's 52-46 win over Florida in the SEC Championship Game, in which Pitts snagged seven passes for 129 yards and a touchdown:

"Kyle Pitts, he's a fantastic player. His size and speed and athleticism, all those things make it very difficult to guard the guy. He's a very versatile player. He can play tight end, he can play on the line, he can play off the ball, out as a receiver. They move him around a lot. Creates a lot of issues and problems for you, no doubt. Probably as well as anybody we played against for a long time."

His 2020 highlight reel is filled with phenomenal catches all the way through:

Mosher provided some stills of Pitts' incredible catch radius to showcase just how big of a target the 20-year-old can be:

Marcus Mosher @Marcus_Mosher

One of the reasons I love Florida TE Kyle Pitts so much is the catch radius. I've never seen a tight end coming out of college with a bigger catch radius. https://t.co/XU4UBqZObT

Pitts has the potential to be one of the game's best receiving weapons at tight end or wideout. Seeing him emerge as the top tight end in the game a la the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce or the San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle would not be a surprise, and his versatility should help him immensely at the next level.

He can line up everywhere and succeed, and NFL draft analyst Matt Miller notably made this remark regarding Pitts' versatility:

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Just typed "WR Kyle Pitts, Florida" and it felt so right that i might leave it as-is.

Pitts has gold jacket-level talent. We'll soon find out if that comes to fruition in Atlanta. 

The Falcons already featured a loaded pass-catching crew with wideouts Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, and now they've added Pitts to the mix. 

Atlanta's offense could be lethal under first-year head coach Arthur Smith, who arrives in town after a successful stint as the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator.