With the Super Bowl nearly a week behind us, the NFL draft season is ramping up. That means we will be hearing a lot from ESPN analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay over the next couple months. They both released early mock drafts earlier this week. There was no surprise with who they had projected to go number 1. Both analysts have the Jaguars selecting Trevor Lawrence. One other team that they both agreed on was the New York Giants. They both have the G-Men selecting Florida Tight End, Kyle Pitts. In addition to Kiper and McShay, Couch Guy’s own Matt Burnett has released his own mock draft (Part 1 and Part 2).
Let’s break down Pitts and what he could bring to New York.
Kyle Pitts is an offensive coordinators dream when it comes to tight ends. He is extremely explosive off the line of scrimmage. He is often compared to a wide receiver when he gets off the line. Therefore, his acceleration and athleticism make him a nightmare matchup for coverage linebackers. In addition, his athleticism can lead to an extreme catch radius. He can go and get it no matter where the quarterback puts the ball.
Makes the guys around him better
Kyle Pitts is being talked about like he is Travis Kelce or prime Gronk. He steps onto the field and immediately becomes the defense’s priority. Therefore, that allows for more space for his teammates to operate. Pitts can operate at all levels of the field so that leaves room for Darius Slayton to run deep and Sterling Shepard to work underneath. Obviously projecting him to be like Travis Kelce is irresponsible before seeing him play a down in the NFL. However, Pitts has all of the physical tools to dominate at the next level.
Does he fit?
The Giants already have a tight end on the roster that can be a matchup nightmare for defenses. Evan Engram is entering the final year of his rookie contract after making the pro bowl this previous season. Despite making the pro bowl, Engram had an up and down year. He committed a lot of drops that ultimately costs the Giants some games and then the playoffs. The possibilities are endless with both Pitts and Engram on the roster for how this offense could look.
However, the Giants also have other needs they need to fill. They still need to find an edge rusher (like Gregory Rousseau), help in the secondary, and sure up the offensive line. Patrick Surtain and Caleb Farley will most likely both be on the board if the Giants want to upgrade at corner. In addition, there are a couple offensive lineman who are mocked around the Giants they may choose to go after. Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern and Christian Darrisaw out of Virginia Tech may be options on the line as well.
I have no idea where I stand with what I want the Giants to do this draft. It feels like they have too many holes to be going for a tight end; however, Pitts does seem to be the next great tight end, like Kelce and Gronk. He simultaneously solves the Evan Engram issue and the primary receiver issue. However, it would be nice to add him to a receiving core that already has Kenny Golladay or Allen Robinson. Both Kelce and Gronk have proved that the number one option can be a tight end and the team can still be a juggernaut on offense. I still think the Giants should look to fill other holes first, but I would welcome Kyle Pitts with open arms.
-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)
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