Kyle Pitts, Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidate?

Kyle Pitts was the number 4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft for the Atlanta Falcons. Many fans, including myself, were disappointed that the pick was not Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields. But it is hard to ignore the talent that Pitts possesses. Pitts is a unicorn that Atlanta added to their offense. Pitts was the consensus top pass catcher in this past draft class who possesses a perfect blend of athleticism and ball skills to become a dominant weapon in today’s NFL.

As we can see right here, Pitts athleticism and ball skills really take over as a potential red zone threat for the Falcons this season. The Falcons have had some serious red zone issues over the past couple seasons. In 2020 they ranked 26th in red zone touchdowns scored. Pitts gives Matt Ryan a huge target who can help the offense take over in the red zone this coming season. Which in turn should see Pitts get major red zone targets which could see his Touchdown production be through the roof.

When Pitts got drafted by Atlanta he was predicted to be the #3 option behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley in the new look Falcons offense. However that was before the Falcons dealt Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans back in June. Now Pitts has the potential to take over the Julio Jones type of role in Atlanta. He has the ability and the skillset to become the new dynamic duo with Calvin Ridley in Atlanta. He should become the number 1B to Ridley’s 1A.

The new coaching staff in Atlanta led by Arthur Smith formerly the Titans OC. Looking at Tennessee’s offense in 2020, Smith used plenty of two TE sets and two WR sets, which allows Pitts to be on the field to create tons of mismatches against the opposing defenses with his previously mentioned athleticism and ball skills. Look for Atlanta to use Pitts in a variety of ways similar to how Tennessee used Jonnu Smith last season (Jonnu had 8 TD’s on 41 Receptions). Pitts has the ability to to become a chess piece for this new look Falcons offense.

Which brings us to Pitts’s offensive rookie of the year campaign. Pitts currently has +800 favorites for the Offensive Rookie of the Year odds. Which I would be putting money down on, if sports betting was legal in Georgia, but it sadly isn’t, but that’s a topic for another day. Pitts being the 1B option in Atlanta should gives us a stat line somewhere along the lines of: 75 Receptions, 1100 yards, 9TD’s. Which I calculated using Atlanta’s and Tennessee’s 2020 Receiving Stats because it takes Matt Ryan into account and Arthur Smith’s 2020 Tennessee offense into account.

Could Kyle Pitts potentially win OROTY? Will he be an immediate Julio Jones replacement?

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Hunter Thompson

NFL and NFL Draft Analyst, Avid Falcons fan, and lover of all things football.

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