The Atlanta Falcons selected one of the most exciting young players in the 2021 NFL draft this past weekend in Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. He is expected to have an immediate role on the offense and that could spell bad news for the team's starter at the position in Hayden Hurst.
The team decided not to pick up Hurst's fifth-year option and could build some financial flexibility by dealing him. With that being said, here are three of the most likely Hayden Hurst trade destinations.
Hayden Hurst Trade Destinations
1. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans' passing attack has thrived over the last few seasons due partly to the stellar play of the team's tight end group, However, Tennessee lost starter Jonnu Smith to free agency and could use another great pass-catcher to take over his role. Hurst set career highs in both receptions (56) and receiving yards (571) last season and seems to only be improving in his young NFL career. This would be one way for the Titans to address a need on the roster without giving up too much in return.
2. Cincinnati Bengals
One of the top offseason priorities for the Cincinnati Bengals should be to surround quarterback Joe Burrow with as many weapons as possible. The Bengals tight end group currently features the likes of Drew Sample and C.J. Uzomah. While that may seem serviceable, adding Hurst to the mix would upgrade that spot considerably, as he racked up more touchdowns in 2020 (6) than both of those players combined (2). Hurst still has some upside and could end up as a player the Bengals can count upon for years to come.
3. Houston Texans
After not bringing back starting tight end Darren Fells this offseason, the Houston Texans would benefit from adding some depth at the position. Current projected starter Jordan Akins posted just 403 yards on 37 receptions and scored 1 touchdown last season. That is not going to cut it on an offense that is in dire need of playmakers. Hurst is averaging 10.9 yards per reception in his career and has also proven to be a capable blocker along the line. He would be a welcomed addition to this rebuilding team.
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