Report: Falcons interested in drafting Kyle Pitts 4th overall

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According to Rob Maaddi of The Athletic, the Falcons are interested in Kyle Pitts with the fourth overall pick, which could be an obstacle for the Eagles getting a chance to draft him with the sixth overall pick.

The fourth pick will be extremely valuable because there are so many quarterback-needy teams who are surely willing to trade up to get their guy. I would take Pitts at four; he’s that good, but sometimes general managers will play chess games in the media to show interest in one while actually targeting another prospect. I don’t know if this rumor is that, but I do know Terry Fontenot is in a great position to select a perennial starter or trade back for a haul of picks.

Pitts might be the best player in this draft, and it could even be argued that he’s the most likely to make it to Canton at the end of his career. From my draft profile on Pitts:

Pitts is positionless. He can align on the boundary, in the slot, or with his hand in the dirt. He’s as good of a route-runner as any receiver in this draft with great burst out of his break, giving him elite change-of-direction skills for a person of his size. Pitts is as good after-the-catch as he is before, a rare and tremendous red-zone threat. Excellent at beating one-on-one press, but also great at finding the soft spot in zones. The former Gator, much like Julio Jones, makes normal 50-50 balls, closer to 60-40 in favor of Pitts.

There literally isn’t an area where Pitts struggles. Many would point to his blocking being a weakness, but everything I’ve watched contradicts these takeaways. I’ve found he’s good in pass protection and an above-average run-blocker. There are several plays where he’s in a great position then executes fakes impressively to leak into his routes. He can block in-line with his hand in the dirt, in the slot, or in motion. The “F” tight end means Pitts is used outside, in the slot, and in-line in multiple ways. If Arthur Smith can use Pitts in the same manner, he really could be worth the fourth overall pick.

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