Sports Illustrated’s latest NFL draft mock keeps Kyle Pitts in state

The National Football League’s 2021 draft is just a tad over two weeks away and as April 29 rapidly approaches the mock draft hot stove is at full blast. For Gators football fans, at least one of their beloved alumni will be selected in the first round — possibly two — hopefully giving the program its first skill player drafted among the opening 32 since Tim Tebow in 2010.

Florida’s former star tight end Kyle Pitts is expected to be selected in the top 10 of the draft according to most media sources and the 2020 Mackey Award winner could become just the second tight end to go in the top five in the common draft era behind Riley Odoms in 1972. To say the least, the 6-foot-6-inch athlete from Philadelphia is a generational talent who has every pro team drooling.

Sports Illustrated has been on the ball of late with their draft coverage and recently published their NFL mock draft 2.0 which has Pitts in the top 10 heading to a not-too-far destination from his stomping grounds in Gainesville. Here is when and where author Conor Orr expects the former UF standout to be taken.

6. Miami Dolphins (via Eagles): Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

One would assume that the Dolphins have had plenty of chances to see Pitts in person and get to know the 240-pound dual-threat pass catcher, who was far more a receiver than a tight end at Florida. Offensive coordinator George Godsey was in New England during the Patriots’ formative double-tight-end years and knows what a player of this magnitude adds to the offense. Pitts would give a developing Tua Tagovailoa more than just a reliable mid-range target. He comes down with the 50–50 balls too.

Miami is as good of a destination as any in the minds of many Gators fans, as it would allow them to continue watching one of the most electric players to come out of Florida in recent memory with a nearby franchise. Paired up with Tua Tagovailoa, he could be part of an exciting tandem at the next level.