The Dallas Cowboys already have one of the most potent offensive attacks in the NFL, but if they have the opportunity to draft Florida TE Kyle Pitts with the 10th overall selection, they have to take it.
A lot of people have the misconception that the draft is about filling needs, however smart football teams know that the draft is meant to add the most talent to your roster as possible, regardless of position (excluding quarterbacks), especially if your team is drafting in the top-10. Addressing team needs should be done in free agency.
At 6’6, 245 pounds, Kyle Pitts is arguably the most talented player in this draft class and is the best TE prospect the NFL has probably ever seen. It might seem crazy to want to take a TE with a top-10 pick, but Pitt’s unique skill-set makes him worthy of one.
The Florida product possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism, making him a matchup nightmare all over the field; he’s too fast for linebackers and too big for safeties.
Kyle Pitts is at his best as a flex TE when playing in the slot or out-wide, and is especially dominant in contested-catch situations.
Take a look at this play Pitts makes against Jaycee Horn, one of the top corners in the country:
Horn is in good position to make a play on the ball, but Kyle Pitts posts him up like a power forward in basketball to make the catch, like it’s nothing.
Pitts has a remarkable ability to track the football and has the physicality to fight through contact when making contested catches. 50/50 balls are more like 80/20 balls when targeting Kyle Pitts.
The way Pitts tracks the football on this play is incredible for a TE:
On top of that, Pitts is already a polished route-runner as well. His routes are nuanced; he’s got the ability to change tempos and use his hands and leverage to his advantage. His route-running reminds me of former Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant.
His most deadly route might be his slant route. He takes an outside release to get the defender to flip his hips, then suddenly cuts back inside to create separation. Pitts is able to instill fear of a fade-route in the defender, which is why his slant route is so dominant in the red-zone.
What also makes Kyle Pitts so impressive as a TE prospect is that he’s even able to run routes that smaller slot receivers run, such as former Dallas Cowboy Cole Beasley.
Notice how Pitts is somehow able to breakdown in 2 steps before breaking back outside to create separation on this pivot-route. Someone of his stature should not be able to change directions that quickly.
Kyle Pitts reminds me of Dez Bryant because of how he stems his routes and how he uses hand-fighting and body positioning to get open.
On this route, Pitts forces the safety to flip his hips towards the sideline and then beats the jam by chopping the defenders arm at the top of his route:
I think this route against South Carolina shows all of his abilities in one. He accelerates off the line of scrimmage, stems the defender up, uses hand-fighting to get open, and then makes a great contested-catch. He also adds more yards after the catch for good measure.
In 2020, Pitts played in 8 games, totaling 43 receptions for 770 yards and and 12 touchdowns with a 0% drop rate. The UF alum was also a unanimous first-team SEC All-American and finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Kyle Pitts is the perfect modern-day TE who is already extremely technically-sound and advanced for his age at just 20 years old, and still has room to grow. I would describe him as Darren Waller with Dez Bryant receiving abilities, which is not setting the bar too high in my opinion.
Although the Cowboys have major holes to fill all over the defensive side of the ball, Kyle Pitts is much more talented and has much more upside than any defensive player in this draft. The Cowboys would be reaching if they took a defensive player while he was still on the board.
Blake Jarwin showed flashes at the TE position before tearing his ACL last season and Dalton Schultz played well in his absence, but Pitts is the 2nd best prospect in this draft class. He’s a dynamic player that would add another dimension to this Dallas Cowboys’ offense that they won’t come close to replicating, so if he’s there at 10 Dallas cannot afford to pass up on him.
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