SF 49ers: 3 dark-horse targets for first pick in 2021 NFL Draft
I am fully on the tight end Kyle Pitts bandwagon for San Francisco. I literally want him to be the SF 49ers pick more than anyone else unless Trevor Lawrence (in some parallel dimension) somehow falls to No. 12.
It doesn’t matter that the 49ers have George Kittle when the 49ers like to use two tight ends. The Niners like to use two tight ends most of the time, and having two weapons that are elite in all facets of the game (Pitts needs to improve his run-blocking technique, but the enthusiasm is there).
Entire articles have been devoted to this for a reason. One of the biggest factors being this from the aforementioned article:
"But if you look more at San Francisco’s offense, the philosophy of head coach Kyle Shanahan and exactly what Pitts brings to an offense then you get a prospect that looks more than a logical fit for the team. He looks like the perfect prospect. Pitts is the ultimate mismatch weapon in the vein of Kittle. You can put him as tight end, a flanker, a slot, as an X receiver, essentially anything you want. His speed and receiving ability, combined with his size, make him one of those breeds of tight end that’s too fast for a linebacker and too big for a defensive back."
Pitts would complete the weapons needed for a full Super Bowl run. He had 43 catches for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in only eight games in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. In terms of the catching and physical aspects of his game, he may be the most complete tight end prospect seen in some kind.
It’s certainly unorthodox for the team to consider a tight end in the first round. But if Pitts does fall to No. 12, it makes all the sense in the world.