NFL Draft analyst believes potential Patriots target Kyle Pitts is best pass catcher in college football


Selecting at No. 15 in the NFL Draft, it’s unlikely the Patriots will be able to land any of the elite players available.

Or is it?

Appearing on Mut at Night Wednesday, NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang said he believes Florida tight end Kyle Pitts is the best pass catcher in the draft, which is good news for them as he potentially could be available to them when they are on the clock in Round 1.

“To me, he is the best pass catcher in the draft class, in my opinion,” Rang said. “That’s with all due respect to DeVonta Smith. I think Smith is a fantastic player that is just kind of gushed about, but at the same time, he does have that spindly frame. That concerns you a little bit. Where as with Kyle Pitts, with his body control, with his hands, his size, he is a physical player and again, just his acceleration is just remarkable for the tight end position. I think you’re talking about guys like Darren Waller, Travis Kelce, absolutely just a phenomenal player.

“If there’s any way that he’s available to the Patriots at 15, to me, unless Zach Wilson or Justin Fields happen to be there — and I don’t think that’s likely that those two quarterbacks are there and Kyle Pitts — to me, if Kyle Pitts is available to any team, [they are] just about crazy if they don’t consider him. I think you’re talking about an All-Pro early in his career.”

Pitts finished last season with 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The tight end has been mocked to the Patriots in some recent mock drafts.