The 2021 NFL Draft is right around the corner, now just three weeks away, and juicy leads are heating up. While some are unbelievable like Mac Jones going third overall to the San Francisco 49ers, we have a new one that has some common sense to it surrounding the Dallas Cowboys.
As they hold the 10th overall pick in the draft, the Cowboys now seem quite smitten with one of the top prospects in this entire class in the form of Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. While defensive needs, especially at cornerback are pressing in Dallas, owner Jerry Jones has been known to force his way into draft rooms and get his guy; in this case, Jones is “infatuated” with Pitts.
In this case, however, landing Pitts would be a slam dunk despite the ever-growing need on defense as NFL offenses continue to get more vertically oriented. Not only do the Cowboys still have six other rounds to mend defensive fences on their roster, but Pitts is also truly an outlier in every sense of the word at the tight end position.
Despite having Blake Jarwin on the roster, adding Pitts would still lead to a clean fit for the Cowboys, and one that would not force out the existing starting guy in Dallas.
How Pitts fits with Cowboys
How doesn’t Pitts fit with the Cowboys? Sure they have Jarwin on the roster, and just used a first rounder on wide receiver CeeDee Lamb a year ago, but in order to win in the NFL, you have to outscore the other team. With Dak Prescott returning to full health and with a long-term contract, the Cowboys are in a position to rack up points at a high pace in 2021.
Having Pitts on the roster does not necessarily force Jarwin out either, but coming off of a season-ending ACL injury as well, Dallas is smart to have a potential contingency plan in place as well. Pitts has the ability to play not only in-line as an improved blocker but can thrive outside the numbers at X and from the slot as well.
Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network gives his insight into the nation’s best tight end:
"“Pitts was a dominant tight end who took over games, usually doing so against the opponent’s top cornerback. He has tremendous upside, and rather than playing the traditional tight end position, Pitts has the skill and the ability to be used in a variety of pass-catching roles.”"
Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup (whose contract expires at the end of the season), CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott, a returning Prescott, and Pitts. This is a formidable attack with star-power at every position. As the NFL has turned into an offensive arms race, adding Pitts to the lineup may give Dallas the best attack in the league.