Kyle Pitts is the red-zone weapon the Panthers need
The Carolina Panthers were awful in the red zone during the 2020 season. They ranked 28th in the league in red-zone scoring, only scoring a touchdown 50 percent of the time. This could be due to missing Christian Mccaffrey for most of the 2020 season, but there is a ton of room for improvement.
Selecting Kyle Pitts in the draft would go a long way in fixing the Panthers’ red-zone woes. The supreme athletic prospect brings the dynamic ability to win any jump ball thrown his way, with the player rarely dropping passes at all during his college career.
Getting a big target like Pitts would undoubtedly make it a lot easier on Sam Darnold in opponents’ territory. This would be welcome for the quarterback as he looks to make a better go of things in a more structured environment.
Lining Pitts up out-wide in the red zone would demand a double team almost every time. This would take defenders away from the Panthers’ other playmakers, and create more space for Darnold to throw.
If teams decide not to double team Pitts, great, the ball should be thrown up to him anyway. He could completely change the red-zone attack and another big reason why Carolina should pull the trigger if he is available, which is unlikely.
The Panthers are hoping that a generational talent like Pitts will fall to them at pick No. 8. If he’s is available, Carolina shouldn’t hesitate.