In 2021, the Atlanta Falcons were in limbo, they had a top-five draft pick, a new head coach, and a new general manager. Their starting quarterback, Matt Ryan, wasn’t getting any younger or cheaper.
People thought it was a perfect time to draft a quarterback, but the team made the right move by drafting the greatest tight end prospect in NFL history, Kyle Pitts.
As this team prepares to play the Chicago Bears, it has brought up the debate on whether or not the team should have drafted Justin Fields with the fourth-overall pick instead.
The Atlanta Falcons were correct in taking Kyle Pitts over Justin Fields in 2021
This might not go over well with some people, but the Atlanta Falcons should be glad they have Kyle Pitts and so should the fans.
People think Pitts was a wasted pick because he hasn’t put up the numbers we expected him to, but remember who his quarterback is. Marcus Mariota won’t be Kyle Pitts’ quarterback for the rest of his career. Now, if he was going to be the franchise quarterback, then yes, Pitts was a wasted pick but we all know Mariota’s time is short as a starter.
Justin Fields has been playing great the past few weeks, minus a couple bad mistakes, and good for him. However, he has benefited from his excellent athleticism and targets who are wide-open. Teams are going to figure out how to negate his ability as a runner, and he still hasn’t shown he can be a pocket passer. He has only thrown for 200+ yards in one game this season. Heck, Fields hasn’t been able to win games consistently. His team is quite bad but he has also cost them a bunch of times with boneheaded decisions.
This all just comes down to recency bias, fans see Justin Fields running right past defenses while Kyle Pitts is being used as a blocker and has a quarterback who throws the ball nowhere near him. Expect those two things to continue on Sunday when the two sides matchup, but stop acting like Kyle Pitts didn’t have the second-most receiving yards as a rookie tight end in NFL history and isn’t one of the most talented players in the entire NFL.