Daniel Jeremiah 2021 NFL Draft Big Board: Kyle Pitts at No. 2 in New Rankings

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2021

FILE - Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) tires to get past Georgia defensive back Lewis Cine (16) after a reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla., in this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, file photo. The Southeastern Conference championship game features two of the nation’s top playmakers, and neither is a quarterback. Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts are the real stars of the league’s most potent offenses. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah unveiled his updated big board on Monday, and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts moved up to the No. 2 spot behind Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. 

Jeremiah called Pitts "a unique talent with the ability to take over a game. He is the definition of a mismatch player."

He added that Pitts "is a long, lean tight end prospect with excellent speed, ball skills and production" who "beat upper-echelon SEC cornerbacks on a weekly basis" and "showed tremendous improvement as a blocker in 2020."

LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase was previously the No. 2 player on Jeremiah's big board. He was bumped to No. 3, with BYU quarterback Zach Wilson and Alabama wideout Jaylen Waddle rounding out the top five. 

Jeremiah having Pitts No. 2 on his big board doesn't come as a major shock. The Athletic's Dane Brugler had him in the same spot behind Lawrence as well, writing:

"Guards aren't normally drafted high, but I had no regrets about ranking [Quenton] Nelson as my No. 1 player in the 2018 draft. Similarly, tight end isn't generally valued as a position worthy of the top of the draft, but Pitts is the best non-quarterback in this class. Just like Nelson was a unique case, so is Pitts. No need to overthink it."

The 20-year-old had a solid college career for the Gators, capping it off with 43 catches for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior in 2020. 

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Florida TE Kyle Pitts running a 4.46 40 (per the caption from @level40 on Instagram) is just the latest example of how different this dude is. https://t.co/GM60Iyr1I5

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Only players with a 90+ receiving grade in the red zone this season: 🐊Kyle Pitts - 91.3 🐘DeVonta Smith - 91.2 https://t.co/GrHvK6wCjU

Not many tight ends pair Pitts' athleticism, size (6'6" and 240 pounds), catch radius, hands and his ability to be a serviceable blocker. He is essentially a hybrid between a wide receiver and a tight end gives him the ability to generate mismatches both inside and outside, and that is why it's very possible that a tight end might be one of the first five players off the board in next month's NFL draft. 

Quarterbacks could represent the first four picks off the board, but don't be surprised if Pitts ends up being selected ahead of a passer.