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Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones ‘infatuated’ with Kyle Pitts ahead of 2021 NFL Draft

The Dallas Cowboys are slated to pick 10th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft later this month. Coming off a six-win season, there’s needs on both sides of the ball.

Interestingly enough, that does not include tight end. Former fourth-round pick Dalton Schultz recorded 63 passes for 615 yards while hauling in 71% of his targets last season. That came after the Stanford product tallied a combined 19 catches in his first two NFL seasons.

Apparently, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is not happy with the tight end position heading into the draft. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported recently that Jones is “infatuated” with Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.

Acting the part of the Dallas Cowboys general manager, Jones has say in what the team will do with the 10th pick in the draft. In fact, a trade-up scenario is now not out of the question.

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Kyle Pitts is an elite NFL Draft prospect

Kyle Pitts, Dallas Cowboys
Nov 9, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Pitts is a mismatch waiting to happen. His recent 4.44 40-yard dash at the Florida Pro Day is the latest example of that.

This past season saw Pitts catch 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in just eight games. The dude was a monster, making opposing SEC defenders look like little children out there.

Comparisons have been made to a more athletic version of Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez. In fact, Pitts is so dynamic that he can play wide receiver as well as tight end. That’s just insane.

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How can the Dallas Cowboys land Kyle Pitts?

That’s the biggest question when it comes to Jones’ infatuation with the tight end. Pitts has been mocked as high as No. 4 overall to the Atlanta Falcons. That’s pretty much his ceiling with three quarterbacks slated to go at the top of the NFL Draft.

Interestingly, Atlanta is looking to trade down from the fourth pick and has engaged in conversations with other teams. While it’s common sense to believe that a team moving up to four would target a quarterback, don’t discount the Dallas Cowboys pulling off a blockbuster trade for Kyle Pitts. It would likely cost the Cowboys’ first-round selection in 2022 and change.

As for a fit with the Cowboys, teaming him up with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Ezekiel Elliott would make this an absolutely dynamic offense. Add in Dak Prescott returning from injury, and that’s magnified further.