After finishing last season with a 2020 record and missing the playoffs for the third-straight year, the Atlanta Falcons will use the 2021 NFL Draft to hope back to their fans. That could all start if they were to select Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts with the 4th overall pick this month.
Drafting a tight end that high may seem risky, but Pitts isn't just another everyman at the position. At 6-foot-5 and weighing 245 pounds, he's an absolute monster of a man. In 24 games across three seasons with the Gators, Pitts made 100 receptions for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Falcons would be crazy not to love someone of his caliber.
Fortunately, the Falcons drafting Pitts has become more likely just because of how much their new head coach loves the tight end position. Nobody ran more multiple tight end sends in 2020 than Falcons head coach Arthur Smith.
As it stands, Hayden Hurst is currently the Falcons' No. 1 tight end. In 2020, he caught 56 passes for 571 yards and a touchdown. Those aren't monstrous numbers by any means, but that proves how Hurst could compliment Pitts perfectly.
Pitts would instantly become the Falcons' top tight end. If not for his previous stats alone, but because of how physically gifted he is. He has an 83-inch wingspan, which is the largest out of any wide receiver or tight end in the NFL over the last 20 years. He also has a 33.5-inch vertical and clocked an unofficial 40-year dash time of 4.44 seconds despite being as big as he is.
It's hard not to imagine just how much Falcons QB Matt Ryan would enjoy feeding Pitts the ball next season just by looking at the above information. If the Falcons show the same love to Pitts that they have to tight ends in the past, he could become a superstar sooner than later.
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