3/27/21: Sources from a number of teams feel Pitts is the second-best player, and second-highest graded, in the 2021 NFL Draft and the rarest prospect after Trevor Lawrence. Some teams think Pitts could move to wide receiver and be a poor man's Calvin Johnson. Other teams think he can't play receiver, but is a generational tight end prospect who could be similar to Travis Kelce or Tony Gonzalez in the NFL. Pitts can line up all over the formation.
Pitts was dominant in 2020, showing superb speed, hands, leaping ability, route-running, natural receiving ability, and dynamic mismatch potential for the NFL. Every opponent was incapable of covering Pitts, including future early-rounders in the Alabama and Georgia secondary. He missed a few games with a concussion, but SEC defenses had no answer for him and he destroyed man coverage from defensive backs all season. Pitts could stand to improve as a blocker for the NFL, but he wasn't horrible in that regard. Team sources like the fight and effort he displayed as a blocker.
Pitts can line up as an X - split end receiver -, a Z - slot receiver -, or as a natural tight end. Sources who worked with Pitts at Florida say he ran the 40 in the 4.5-second range without any training, which is similar to some NFL receivers like DeAndre Hopkins. They believe Pitts will run in the high 4.4s once he performs some proper specific technique.
With his outstanding play the past two seasons, Pitts has proven to be a devastating mismatch problem and worthy of a top-10 choice in the 2021 NFL Draft. Some team sources say Pitts is the best receiving weapon in the 2021 NFL Draft and is a more dynamic mismatch weapon than Ja'Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Team sources feel Pitts is a better prospect than T.J. Hockenson, Eric Ebron and O.J. Howard were in their draft classes.
8/29/20: Pitts turned into play-maker in 2019, creating mismatches in the passing game. He is too fast for linebackers while being too big for safeties in coverage. For the NFL, Pitts could stand to improve his blocking, but he will get drafted for his receiving ability. In 2019, he hauled in 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns. Pitts could be improved in 2020 due to his increased experience and further physical development.
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