Let’s take a break from the Penei Sewell vs. Ja’Marr Chase debates and, instead, talk about who they should draft, according to one expert: Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
ESPN’s Ben Baby came on our show to talk about the 2021 NFL Draft, which begins today. When asked who the Bengals should take in the first round, he said:
“It’s not even close. How do you look at what the Bengals do offensively and say, ‘Oh yeah, I wanna pass on [Pitts].’ It makes zero sense when you look at what the Bengals do schematically and then also, more importantly, what Joe Burrow does pre snap... A lot of what Burrow excels at is making good decisions pre snap and then they let the offense flow through him.”
He also mentioned that Pitts, who clocked a 4.44 time in the 40 yard dash, can play as an outside receiver. Baby then gave an example of how Burrow and the Bengals could maximize Pitts’ ability:
“Let’s say you put Kyle Pitts lined up pre snap as an in line tight end. And what you can do is move him across the formation with pre snap motion. By doing that, you give Burrow a lot of pre snap intel and let him diagnose the defense really well.”
Baby gave the example of putting Pitts in the slot on the left side when in a two-by-one stack or putting him on the outside if the matchup favors that. This, he argues, would allow Burrow to facilitate the flow of the offense and utilize skill players as he sees fit. “That’s what great offenses do,” Baby said. “They let their quarterbacks run the show, [direct] elite playmakers, and they’re able to make [critical] decisions.”
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen, in the last five, ten years, a guy like Pitts,” Baby said. He called taking Pitts a “no-brainer” if he’s available, which may be unlikely, as Baby believes the Atlanta Falcons will select him with the fourth overall pick.
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