The Falcons bucked history and some used records by deciding on Kyle Pitts, the explosive tight discontinue from the College of Florida, with the No. 4 total take dangle of. The contemporary history of first-spherical tight discontinue investments will have NFL teams, followers and Delusion managers rather nervous. These are the TEs selected within the first spherical of the most up-to-date 10 draft classes: Tyler Eifert (2013), Eric Ebron (2014), O.J. Howard (2017), Evan Engram (2017), David Njoku (2017), Hayden Hurst (2018), T.J. Hockenson (2019), Noah Fant (2019) — no longer exactly a assassin’s row of Delusion manufacturing.
More Delusion breakdowns
- QB: Lawrence to JAC | Wilson to NYJ | Lance to SF | Fields to CHI | Jones to NE
- RB: Harris to PIT | Etienne to JAC
- WR: Dart to CIN | Lope to MIA | Smith to PHI | Toney to NYG | Bateman to BAL
Having stated that, Pitts has a skill map that is totally varied from actually every participant on that checklist and likewise one who interprets to rapid success in on the novel time’s NFL. While you feeble that identical argument to point out no longer utilizing a first-spherical take dangle of on a QB who plays in a used defensive convention (deliver the Wide 12) at a college that hasn’t produced any huge-time QBs (deliver Texas Tech) — nicely then you definately would’ve ruled out Patrick Mahomes. A significant rule I realized early on became to guage the participant and no longer the helmet.
We’re breaking down all the pieces it’s essential to know about Pitts from a Delusion manager level of view, including his 2021 affect, Dynasty outlook, measurables, scouting narrate, key stats and an NFL comparability.
2021 Delusion Impact
How famous must peaceable you care in regards to the history of rookie tight ends? This is the total checklist of tight ends to have bigger than 700 receiving yards as a rookie since 1990: Jeremy Shockey and Evan Engram. That is it. No Accumulate Gronkowski. No Travis Kelce. Of the tight ends drafted internal of the tip 10 of the NFL Draft, none of them have completed it both.
“But Kyle Pitts is varied,” you’re going to deliver. And he’s varied. Impossible college manufacturing, virtually unmatched bodily instruments. He’s a clear, special participant. But … is that that famous varied than Vernon Davis? He became picked No. 6 total after striking together one of the most true combine performances of all time, arguably even more spectacular Pitts’ pro day, and he had right 265 yards and three touchdowns in 10 video games as a rookie. Level is, it be tough to hit the ground running as a rookie at this map.
That being stated … Kyle Pitts is varied. Or at least, he’ll be. And landing with the Falcons might perchance probably well perchance give him the next opportunity to hit the ground running. Sure, he’ll be late Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley within the receiving hierarchy, nonetheless he ought to no longer be any lower than third, and this must peaceable be a team that throws the ball 600-plus times. Meaning he might perchance probably well perchance rating to 100 targets as a rookie. And these targets must be very productive with Jones and Ridley hogging consideration.
I salvage no longer are seeking to rating out over my skis … it be tough no longer to! He ranks seventh in my first flee of projections as a member of the Falcons, and I could perchance probably well perchance stare transferring him sooner than somebody love Dallas Goedert if Zach Ertz would no longer rating traded. I salvage no longer are seeking to push Pitts too a long way up my draft board — I probably wouldn’t draft him within the first six rounds — nonetheless he’s one of the most few tight ends who might perchance probably well perchance furthermore be a distinction maker.
Even as a rookie. – Chris Towers
The Dynasty community is nicely responsive to Pitts’ doable to interrupt the TE mold. He’s currently coming off the board as a mid-first-spherical take dangle of in rookie Dynasty drafts. I am probably to be rather elevated on Pitts than the community as a total and I’ve him as my No. 4 participant total among beginners. gaze Pitts is form of as a “unicorn” form prospect on the TE map, and that makes him even more treasured in Dynasty. Now, I do know you have heard that sooner than within the football scouting and Delusion community — it has no longer regularly translated into Delusion manufacturing. Nonetheless, Pitts is rather of a clear unicorn for the map. He possesses a huge fluctuate of translatable receiver expertise and no longer right timed 40 tempo love an Evan Engram form.
- Route running
- Toughness, concentration on the place level
- Pure, obvious fingers
- Elite-stage physique alter within the air (fetch DeAndre Hopkins)
- Fabulous skill to excessive-level rather off-aim throws
- Fluidity, pure athleticism
- Free hips enable him to rating internal and outdoors of breaks love a WR
- Creates separation vs. CBs in man protection utilizing inventive releases
- Straight-line tempo — he’s no longer a burner
- He’s a willing blocker, nonetheless he has an ideal distance to scamper in his fashion as an in-line blocker
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Evolved stats to know
- Most effective YPC (17.9) of all college TEs ever with 40+ receptions, per Rich Hribar of Provocative Football Prognosis
- 27.9% TD price — 2d-ideal among all college TEs ever (with 40+ receptions), per Hribar
- 4.91 yards per route flee vs. man protection in 2020 — third-better of any participant, virtually 2 yards per route flee bigger than every other TE, per PFF
There might perchance be no longer any such thing as a ideal comparability for Pitts, nonetheless the closest to me might perchance probably well perchance be Raiders TE Darren Waller. Nonetheless, I stare somewhat little bit of extinct Giants, Steelers and Jets WR Plaxico Burress in Pitts’ recreation too. If he can evolve into something love both participant — or better yet a hybrid combine — he’ll be a ideal choice for Delusion managers.