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)

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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

ROUTE RUNNING/SEPARATION (19/20)

  • 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

RUN AFTER CATCH (13.5/15)

  • 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

AGILITY/CHANGE-OF-DIRECTION (9/10)

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

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (5/5)

  • 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

NFL COMPARISON: Darren Waller

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

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-10 pick

“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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