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Finding the Best Fits for Kyle Pitts

Dec 5, 2020; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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Kyle Pitts is one of the most talented tight end prospects we have ever seen. He’s 6’6, 240 pounds, and runs a 4.44 40-yard dash. Plenty of teams in the top-10 are hoping he falls to them to be their tight end of the future. But which teams are realistically the best fits for Kyle Pitts?

A versatile tight end option is becoming a common trend in the NFL. Having somebody with this type of speed and athleticism, who can also line up anywhere on the field, makes any offense more dynamic.

Look at players like Darren Waller, Noah Fant, Jonnu Smith, and so many more. They can line up anywhere on the field and are absolute matchup nightmares for defensive backs and linebackers. 

So many teams would love the chance to draft Pitts. I wouldn’t be surprised if some teams even traded up to draft the versatile weapon. Pitts could be the first tight end to go top 5 since 1970. 

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best fits for Kyle Pitts. 

Atlanta Falcons

Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrates after a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
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The Falcons pick at four overall and there’s a lot they can do with this pick. Atlanta is rumored to possibly trade down with a team who needs a quarterback. However, picking Pitts at four could make that offense absolutely dynamic.

The Falcons have a lot of talent at receiver and Pitts could be the icing on the cake. Pitts will get a lot of favorable matchups because of how much attention is given to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

The Falcons shouldn’t be so quick to trade down. Pitts could come in and take this offense to another level.

He also has some history of scoring in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In terms of pure offensive production, this could be one of the best fits for Kyle Pitts.

Cincinnati Bengals

Oct 12, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) catches a pass over LSU Tigers safety Grant Delpit (7) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals need to find a way to protect Joe Burrow. However, if Pitts is sitting there at fifth overall I think you have to pull the trigger.

There’s three directions the Bengals could go here. They could choose a tackle to protect Burrow, reunite Burrow with Ja’Marr Chase, or draft Pitts.

The Bengals already have a decent receiver core and there’s a lot of lineman depth, especially at the tackle position. So, if Pitts is available at five, take him without a doubt. 

The Bengals have lacked tight end production for a long time. Pitts will change that right away, and Burrow will love getting him the ball.

Carolina Panthers

Nov 28, 2020; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) scores a touchdown during a football game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Nov. 28, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Brad McClenny-USA TODAY NETWORK
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The Panthers need a versatile weapon at the tight end position. The team is building a solid receiving core but is still lacking a solid option at the tight end. However, the Panthers are picking at eight and it’s unclear if Pitts will be available or not.

The best case scenario will be that Pitts falls to them at eight. Nevertheless, this may be a scenario where the Panthers look to trade into the top-5. Last year, Carolina used the draft to revamp its defense and now it should be time for the offense. 

The team signed Dan Arnold, but he’s a solid second option at best. Pitts could come in and add that versatility that Carolina is losing with Curtis Samuel signing with Washington.

Pitt’s would not be expected to line up in the backfield like Samuel can do. However, with 4.40 speed, anything can happen.

Miami Dolphins

Dec 30, 2019; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) runs the ball around Virginia Cavaliers safety Chris Moore (7) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Dolphins are in a very interesting position by having the sixth overall pick. They are the only team in the top-10 with the flexibility to choose the best player available.

Miami has the chance the choose the best tackle, the best receiver, or the best tight end. They should take Pitts and form a young dynamic duo with him and Mike Gesicki.

The team is making it an emphasis to add weapons around Tua Tagovailoa. The team also holds the 18th pick in the first round and a pick at the top of the second. This would be the best fit for Pitts and could help put the Dolphins in contention.

Miami is ready to win now after almost sneaking into the playoffs last season. Pitts will add more versatility and could be a key piece in the team’s offensive success in 2021.

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