Why Jacksonville Jaguars should trade up to draft TE Kyle Pitts

Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) makes a catch against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Daniel Wright (3) and Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Brian Branch (14) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) makes a catch against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Daniel Wright (3) and Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Brian Branch (14) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kyle Pitts #84 and Malik Tyne #31 (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Kyle Pitts would significantly improve the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense.

Even though wide receivers may get more attention in today’s NFL, a top-echelon tight end can turn an offense into a highly efficient unit. To cite a few examples, Travis Kelce is the Kansas City Chiefs best offensive player outside of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Darren Waller didn’t get any All-Pro votes in 2020, but he was the Las Vegas Raiders’ top receiving threat last season.

Kyle Pitts will be the best tight end and a top-ten overall prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. He can make all kinds of catches and has the physical tools to become a dominant player in the NFL. The Pennsylvania native finished the 2020 season with 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Darrell Bevell was the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator when Jimmy Graham earned three Pro Bowl nods, and All-Pro designation and scored 46 touchdowns on a four-year span. It’s clear he knows how to deploy a tight end and he could help Pitts have the same kind of impact Graham had with the ‘Hawks’.

Even though Florida fell to Alabama, Pitts hauled in seven receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown and showed the ability to thrive under the spotlight.  Although he needs to work on his blocking skills, his talent as an offensive weapon would make him too good to pass up and will likely be gone by the tenth pick in this year’s draft, which would force the ‘Jags’ to trade up if they want to call dibs on him.

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