Pitts is the reigning John Mackey Award recipient, given to the best tight end in college football. He earned unanimous All-American honors this past season at Florida, snagging 43 receptions for 770 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games.
At his Pro Day, Pitts ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and received a 9.66 relative athletic score. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end has drawn comparisons to Hall of FamersTony Gonzalez and Kellen Winslow Sr. He is the No.2-ranked player on our 2021 NFL Draft big board.
Pitts joins Ron Kramer – taken by Green Bay Packers in 1957 NFL Draft – as the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history. He also becomes just the second tight end in the modern era (Riley Odoms, No. 5 pick in 1972 NFL Draft) to be taken with a top-five pick.
A Pennsylvania native, Pitts grew up in Philadelphia and starred at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School as a defensive end and tight end. He was a four-star recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, ranked as the No. 4 tight end by 247 Sports.
Under new head coach Arthur Smith, formerly a tight ends coach with the Tennessee Titans, Pitts will be a featured weapon in the Falcons’ offense. Florida used him in the slot (67 snaps), outside (43 snaps) and as an in-line tight end (152 snaps) this past season, per Pro Football Focus, and he will be moved all over the field in Atlanta.
Pitts could immediately become a star in the offense, with circulating rumors of a Julio Jones trade this summer.
Atlanta is set to make its next pick in Round 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft, with the No. 35 overall pick. The Falcons have two Day 2 picks and six selections on Day 3.