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Mel Kiper Has Shocking Player as No. 2 Ranked Prospect on Big Board

By David Hayes
Mel Kiper Jr. has elevated former Florida Gators star tight end Kyle Pitts to the No. 2 overall spot on his Big Board.
Mel Kiper Jr. has elevated former Florida Gators star tight end Kyle Pitts to the No. 2 overall spot on his Big Board. / Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As the calendar prepares to turn from March into April, it's officially time to welcome back the NFL Draft season.

And with the return of the hype and banter around the NFL Draft every year comes the return of ESPN's NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and both his mock drafts and big boards.

To little surprise, Kiper's latest updates to his 2021 NFL Draft Big Board raised some eyebrows, especially with his new No. 2 overall prospect in this year's class.

That's right, former Florida Gators standout tight end Kyle Pitts has now jumped to the No. 2 overall rating from Kiper, which paints quite a different picture than most current NFL mock drafts have with the order.

The New York Jets currently own the No. 2 overall pick, but they are likely in the market for a quarterback such as Zach Wilson, or perhaps, even Justin Fields if they decide to pick at No. 2 instead of dealing it to move down in the draft.

Now, of course, just because a player like Pitts has the new No. 2 overall spot on Kiper's big board doesn't mean he is going to hear his name called at that position in the draft. In fact, it seems likely that the first three picks in this year's draft are going to be quarterbacks, which leaves the Falcons at No. 4 overall with the first realistic shot at grabbing him.

However, with the Falcons also being linked to the QB position as well as in need of offensive line and defensive help and the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 5 overall pick) likely eyeing a collegiate reunion between LSU's Joe Burrow and WR Ja'Marr Chase, the Miami Dolphins could be the most likely home for Pitts at No. 6 overall.

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