Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith land the best player in the 2021 NFL Draft aside from Trevor Lawrence. Pitts could be the long-term No. 1 receiving target once Julio Jones ages out. In the short term, Pitts, Jones and Calvin Ridley could make the Atlanta offense lethal again.
Team sources say they think Pitts is a top-10 talent due to his dynamic ability as a receiver, and some scouts feel he is the best receiving weapon in the 2021 NFL Draft. Some think he could play wide receiver and be a poor man's Calvin Johnson. Others think Pitts should stay at tight end, where could be a Travis Kelce- or Tony Gonzalez-caliber weapon. The consensus among team evaluators is that Pitts is a far better tight end prospect than T.J. Hockenson, Eric Ebron, O.J. Howard or Evan Engram.
Pitts was incredible in 2020, showing speed on long touchdown receptions, size on jump balls, superior route-running to create separation, good hands, and dangerous yards-after-the-catch skills. He was too fast for linebackers and some defensive backs while being too big for safeties or cornerbacks in coverage. Pitts is matchup nightmare and the most dynamic mismatch receiving weapon in the 2021 NFL Draft, including Ja'Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. The 6-foot-6, 239-pound Pitts also is known to be a great kid who loves football, works hard, is a good teammate, is a nice guy off the field, and is very intelligent with a tremendous football I.Q. Sources who worked with him at Florida, say he is the nicest guy six days a week, but on game day, he flips the switch and is a fierce competitor.
Pitts totaled 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2020. He turned into play-maker in 2019, creating mismatches in the passing game while recording 54 receptions for 649 yards and five touchdowns.
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