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2021 NFL Draft: Florida TE Kyle Pitts drawing interest from the Falcons

After an impressive Pro Day, Pitts speaks on his pre-draft interest from the Falcons staff.

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Every NFL Draft has its fair share of uniquely talented players. On certain occasions, some of the talent seems to have been made in a secret lab by serious-looking scientists in white coats. As the draft draws closer by the day, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts seems like one of those guys, and he seems to gain more and more steam as a possible top five selection.

After having a spectacular Pro Day yesterday at the University of Florida, Pitts discussed via Zoom interview that the Atlanta Falcons have shown extensive interest in his services as the team mulls what to do with its fourth overall selecton in the upcoming draft.

As stated, Pitts was able to post incredible numbers during his Pro Day. His wingspan measured at 83 3/8 inches—the best mark by a tight end in decades—while also posting a hand size of 10 5/8 inches and impressing everyone present and on social media with a 4.44 in his 40-yard dash. Pitts was able to touch on how he has met with the Atlanta Falcons hierarchy on multiple occasions via Zoom and was also able to speak with Falcons head coach Arthur Smith personally, who reportedly attended the Pro Day while Terry Fontenot went to LSU.

Smith’s background is filled with reasons to think he might be interested in Pitts, including his experience as former tight ends coach for Tennessee Titans as well as his use of tight ends as the Titans offensive coordinator for two seasons. The interest in Pitts appears genuine from afar, even with the Falcons possessing a selection within the top five. There is very little history of tight ends being drafted that high, as the last tight end to be drafted within the top five was Riley Odoms in 1972 by the Denver Broncos. The Falcons would need to believe that he could be a game changer for a long time to make that selection, but the fit with Smith and Pitts’ skills is clear enough.

What does this mean for the Falcons? This mainly solidifies what has been a very speculative notion to this point, one that has the Falcons truly kicking around the idea of adding Pitts to their offensive arsenal alongside Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Hayden Hurst, and Matt Ryan. Given their placement in the draft, selecting Pitts at fourth overall would indicate the Falcons have a different quarterback in mind than the ones popularly mocked to them in the top five, or that they’re not planning on addressing the position with a long-term addition at all this offseason after restructuring Matt Ryan’s deal.

We’ll see if this interest proves to be genuine, whether it’s Atlanta snagging him at #4 or moving down to do so, or whether this team will ultimately go in a different direction when they’re actually on the clock.