2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Florida TE Kyle Pitts

HEIGHT: 6-6 / WEIGHT: 240 / COLLEGE: Florida / CLASS: Junior

2020 STATS (8 GAMES): 43 receptions, 770 yards, 17.9 YPR, 12 touchdowns

CAREER STATS (24 GAMES): 100 receptions, 1,492 yards, 14.9 YPR, 18 touchdowns

GAMES WATCHED (6): Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Kentucky (2020)


HANDS (20/20)

  • Extremely consistent hands catcher (0 drops across 8 games in 2020)
  • Excellent high-point skills
  • Catches in traffic and over the middle without fear
  • Wins contested catches at a very high rate
  • Spectacular catch ability
  • Adjusts easily to off-target passes thanks to superb body control
  • Tracks the ball well downfield


  • Runs routes from all alignments — in-line tight end, slot, wide out, h-back
  • Diverse route tree — slants, posts, corners, hitches, crossers, streaks
  • Sells routes with eyes and body language; uses rocker step effectively to create separation on posts and corners, sets up route breaks with hesitation moves in stem
  • Gets open at all three levels of the field
  • Torches press coverage with skilled hand-fighting and varied release plans
  • Tremendous fluidity as a route runner
  • Consistently locates soft spots in zone coverage
  • Works back to the quarterback on broken plays


  • Racks up big chunk gains after the catch with his speed when led into open space with passes
  • Has a little open-field elusiveness
  • Can shake off tackles occasionally, but doesn’t do it as often as you might expect

SPEED (15/15)

  • Great straight-line speed (ran 4.44 hand-timed 40-yard dash at pro day)
  • Shows ability to get behind the defense and win on a vertical route tree

BLOCKING (10.5/15)

  • Fairly good in pass protection
  • Serviceable run blocker — not overpowering, but shows good effort, is technically proficient and sustains blocks just long enough
  • Will occasionally duck head into contact or play too top-heavy as a run blocker


  • Very smooth mover in all directions
  • Impressive ability to accelerate out of cuts


  • Good frame with a large catch radius
  • Adequate strength and size for in-line tight end role

OVERALL GRADE: 92.00/100.00 — ELITE — Future All-Pro/Top-5 potential at position


SCHEME FIT: Matchup weapon at any tight end or receiver alignment. Great fit for any offensive scheme.


“Kyle Pitts is the best tight end prospect I’ve ever evaluated. His hands are excellent, his route running is top-notch, his athleticism is very good, his run-after-catch ability is good and his blocking is solid. Pitts can win as a receiver from a variety of alignments, and he separates at all three levels of the field consistently. Pitts has the polish to be a difference-maker from Day 1, and he has the potential to become a top-3 tight end within a few years.”

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