There’s a narrative about taking a TE early in the draft, which is that teams shouldn’t. However, the way Pitts has played against man coverage in college makes him as close to a WR as you can get in a tight end’s body.
His 4.91 yards per route run against man coverage was the third highest of any player – including WRs. The next tight end in the country was at less than 3.0 YPRR. He has shown he can separate against good corners, let alone linebackers and safeties.
Overall, he led all tight ends in the nation in yards per route run in 2020 at 3.26.
He broke out at 19, and had his 20% dominator season at 20.
If you calculate his College Dominator rating like Player Profiler does (on a per game basis), he gets bumped to 32.3%, which was higher than Kelce, Kittle, Gronk, Fant, and Hockenson when they were coming out.
His catch radius, his 50/50 ball skills, and his ability to stretch the seam makes him have the upside of being the overall TE1 in a couple of years. He led the nation in most catches and receiving yards on targets of 20+ yards.
He is definitely someone I’d consider taking later in the first round of dynasty rookie drafts if you don’t already have a Kelce, Waller, or Kittle, regardless of landing spot.