The overall consensus around the NFL world is that the Atlanta Falcons had a pretty good draft. They got the second-best player in the whole draft, they were able to snag a top safety that will fill a big hole, and they were able to find much-needed depth amongst the offensive line.
Every player also has their strength and weaknesses. There are things that the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff will have to work on with certain players, and some things that they will not have as much.
Every player is different and it is important to know each one’s specific strengths and weaknesses.
A lot of the time the players with the unteachable traits are the ones who are selected first. Things like speed and height cannot be changed.
It all comes down to coaching. Coaches must know what to emphasize with each player, that is what separates the good teams from the bad teams. Hopefully, the new Atlanta Falcons coaching staff will excel at teaching the players, and putting them in positions to succeed.
Here are the best attributes, and the worst attributes for each of the Atlanta Falcons 2021 draft picks.
Round 1 (4): Kyle Pitts, TE Florida
Best: Receiving Skills
This no doubt is one the hardest to choose.
There is nothing to not like when you watch Kyle Pitts. The new Atlanta Falcons playmaker brings size, speed, route running, toughness, receiving skills, among many other things.
However, his ability to simply catch the ball no matter what is some of his most impressive attributes.
Whether it’s high, low, between two defenders, it does not matter, he routinely caught the ball with ease. He finished last year with zero drops. That is perfection.
He high points the ball and attacks it. He has no fear over the middle, or down the seam. He would seemingly always get his hands on the ball even when it was uncatchable.
He had a few plays where you would have to rewind to see how in the world he actually got his hands on the ball.
It is easy to see why the Atlanta Falcons fell in love with him.
This is the one part of his game that people have criticized. Some of it is fair, and some of it is a little over-blown.
He is not as bad of a blocker as some may say. Yes, it is the weakest in his game. His size is not great if you want a true blocker. His weight will be a limiting factor when blocking bigger guys.
But, Kyle Pitts is willing to do it. He was willing to not run a route on a passing play so that he could block. He will be willing to do whatever the Falcons coaches tell him to do. He wants to do whatever it takes to help his team win.