Tight end Pitts on the Falcons: ‘I feel like they are pretty interested’

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) breaks free from a Missouri defender as he runs a pass pattern during the first half Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. Pitts was selected to The Associated Press All-America first-team offense, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (John Raoux/AP)
Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) breaks free from a Missouri defender as he runs a pass pattern during the first half Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. Pitts was selected to The Associated Press All-America first-team offense, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (John Raoux/AP)

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Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, considered a top-10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, participated in the school’s pro day and talked to the Falcons on Wednesday.

Falcons coach Arthur Smith attended the event, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. The Falcons hold the fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft, which is April 29 through May 1.

“Well, I think you can make a strong case he’s the best player in the draft,” NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said.

Pitts finished his career at Florida with 100 catches for 1,492 yards (14.9 average) and 18 touchdowns. He became Florida’s all-time leader for receiving yards by a tight end, while ranking second in career receptions at the position.

“Yes, sir, I did talk them on Zoom a couple of times and I talked to them out here today,” Pitts said in response to a question on if he’d talked to the Falcons from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They were saying that they have interest in me. After today, we’ll get on another Zoom and they’ll try to learn more about myself. I feel like they are pretty interested.”

Smith was a tight ends coach with the Titans before being named Tennessee’s offensive coordinator. He had four tight ends with at least 200 snaps last season.

“It would be a dream come true to even be top five or the first non-quarterback to come off the board,” Pitts said. “That’s something that I look forward to in the draft.”

Falcons’ 2021 draft position: Here are the top nine picks in D. Led’s Mock Draft 3.0:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, (QB, BYU)

3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota State)

4. Denver Broncos (trade with Falcons): Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell (OT, Oregon)

6. Miami Dolphins: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)

7. Detroit Lions: Ja’Marr Chase (WR, LSU)

8. Carolina Panthers: Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)

9. Falcons (trade with Broncos): Micah Parsons, (OLB, Penn State)

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