The 2021 NFL draft kicked off on Thursday and the Atlanta Falcons used their No. 4 pick to select Florida’s generational tight end, Kyle Pitts. While nobody seemed to know what the team was going to do, there was never any doubt about Pitts’ skill set and NFL readiness.
Atlanta is earning national praise for adding the Gators playmaker in round one. The writers over at Pro Football Focus gave the Falcons an “elite” grade on their live draft tracker for the first round.
“The Falcons take the best non-quarterback in the draft with their selection of Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. He is going to be faster than any linebacker or safety and bigger than any cornerback. He enters the NFL as already one of the biggest matchup nightmares for a defense. His 96.1 receiving grade, 0% drop rate and above-average run-blocking grade in 2020 make him one of the best all-around pass-catchers we’ve seen in a while.”
Pitts, who transitioned from wide receiver in 2019, posted over 1,400 yards combined during his two seasons at tight end and amassed 18 touchdowns in the process. Pitts measured in at 6-foot-6, 246 pounds at his pro day, while recording a blazing 40-yard dash time of 4.44 seconds. He also broke DK Metcalf’s wingspan record by measuring in at 83-3/8″.
Some may criticize the Falcons for selecting a tight end so early in the draft — the highest one has ever been taken. However, Pitts offers more than your traditional tight end.