Panthers 2021 Draft: Just how good is Florida TE Kyle Pitts?
By Dean Jones
How Pitts would fit on the Carolina Panthers
Although the need for reinforcements elsewhere is substantial, the Carolina Panthers would benefit greatly from selecting Kyle Pitts at No. 8 overall.
Adding the Florida prospect to a loaded offense that includes D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Christian McCaffrey would be a mouth-watering proposition and one that could open up the playbook even more in Joe Brady’s second season as an NFL coordinator.
Brady utilized tight ends heavily during his time as LSU’s passing coordinator, something that brought some considerable success on their way to a National Championship in 2019. Not using Ian Thomas or Chris Manhertz much at all is a damning indictment of the coaching staff’s lack of confidence in the duo, but taking Pitts would change all that in an instant.
Simply put, there is nothing Pitts cannot do on the field.
Carolina does need a long-term solution at quarterback and there is also the offensive line uncertainty to consider. But if the tight end is there as expected, then the decision-makers will deliberate long and hard about bringing him on board.
Much will depend on how the draft plays out. There is every chance the top four quarterback prospects will be gone by the time Carolina is on the clock and new general manager Scott Fitterer made no secret of his desire to accumulate more picks should the opportunity present itself.
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Drafting a sure thing is hard to do. But Pitts is as close as it gets and could end up being one of the best in the business with the right organization providing his superb talent is used correctly.