Kyle Pitts doesn’t believe he will be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons
Most Atlanta Falcons fans have wrapped their heads around the fact that the franchise will more than likely draft University of Florida tight end Kyle Pitts with their fourth overall pick on Thursday night.
While the tight end may not be the biggest need for the Atlanta Falcons, it never hurts to add arguably the best playmaker in any draft, especially one as dynamic as Pitts seems to be.
However, apparently Kyle Pitts himself doesn’t think he will land in Atlanta when the Falcons submit their draft card Thursday night in Cleveland.
During an interview with NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano, the former Gators star told him –
"“It’s a lot of great quarterbacks in the draft. I think the first four picks will be quarterbacks. If I do get a chance to be drafted at third, that would be… I don’t even know. That would be too crazy. That would be really exciting. I don’t know what’ll happen. I think my heart’ll just fall out of my chest.”"
The Atlanta Falcons cannot pass on Kyle Pitts
There seems to be the opinion that because a tight end has never been selected in the Top 5 of an NFL draft before the Atlanta Falcons should not spend their fourth overall pick on him – even though he is arguably the best non-QB in this draft and the second-best player overall.
With the rumors spreading this week that Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot is indeed taking calls on Julio Jones, the franchise is going to need to find a dynamic replacement for him. At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds and a catch radius that rivals what Julio possesses, Pitts would make losing Julio a tad bit easier to swallow.
The Falcons brass has not tipped their hat on which way they are leaning for Thursday night.
They will have their choice of anyone but Trevor Lawrence, Zack Wilson, and more than likely Trey Lance when their clock starts.
There are a lot of fans that would like to see Justin Fields play for the “hometown” team (even though he is from the Northwest suburbs area) but drafting a quarterback to sit for the next four years while you pay Matt Ryan almost $50 million simply doesn’t make sense – especially when that quarterback would be guaranteed more than $20 million himself.
There is obviously still the option of trading back and accumulating more picks, but the Falcons have been very quiet on that front and does not look like it is a viable option at this point.
Regardless of the selection Thursday night, there will be a lot of mixed reactions from the fan base but the good news is that it will be really difficult to screw up whatever choice Terry Fontenot makes.