Drafted 4th overall by the Atlanta Falcons, Kyle Pitts is the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history.
Though he is known for his incredible receiving ability, many fans don’t know his 40-yard dash.
He ran the forty-yard dash at the Florida Gators pro day in an unofficial 4.44 seconds. The NFL combine was cancelled in 2021.
Pitts, who stands six feet two inches tall and weighs 111 kilograms or 245 pounds, has achieved an incredible feat.
As the NFL combine was canceled, players were unable to record official times for the 2020 draft.
The combine was cancelled, so players like Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith were forced to measure their forty times at their college’s pro days.
Players will have their time recorded in these workouts, but it will always be unofficial.
When a player crosses through the first laser the time starts, and when they cross through the second laser the time stops.
On pro days, it is not uncommon for scouts and assistants to use hand timers. These timers are fairly accurate, but they can be off by a few milliseconds due to human error.
Therefore, most prospects in the 2020 NFL draft did not have official 40-yard dash times.
Pre Draft Strengths Weaknesses
Mismatch For Defenses
On defense, Kyle Pitts’ size and speed make him a nightmare to match up against.
Often, linebackers cover large tight ends so they can break up passes and tackle them if necessary. Slot corners and safety nets will cover faster tight ends so they can match their speed.
There are no defensive players who can match up with Pitts when it comes to huge and incredibly fast tight ends.
Catches Passes At All Three Levels
He can catch passes at all depths, another benefit of Pitt’s game.
He can run short routes near the line of scrimmage, run intermediate routes near the linebackers, or run deep and catch passes around cornerbacks and safeties.
Pitts can be used in all aspects of an offense.
Strong, Consistent Hands.
His ability to catch the ball was also a pre-draft positive. Oftentimes these larger players lack the coordination to consistently make catches in the NFL.
Pitts, however, routinely made the catches he was expected to make throughout his college career.
Pre Draft Weaknesses
Slight Refinements In Blocking
Pitts had few weaknesses before the draft, but his blocking could be improved.
Overall, Pitts was a solid blocker throughout college, but he could refine his game.
He could improve his ability to find defenders as a lead blocker and his core strength to block at the line of scrimmage.
This is Kyle Pitts’ 40 time. Check DK Metcalfs’ combine speed or Justin Fields’ mobility for some other 40-yard times.