I just posted an article today on how it would be a waste of a top draft pick if the New York Giants were to use the 11th overall pick on University Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
During The Athletic’s recent mock draft, Giants’ reporter Dan Duggan didn’t hesitate in grabbing Pitts. Here’s what he wrote:
There would be some angst in the Giants draft room if the top three wide receivers were off the board by No. 11. Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater is intriguing because the Giants offensive line is far from a finished product, and Parsons would be attractive as a potential game-changing defensive player. But owner John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman have made no secret of their intention to add offensive playmakers. Pitts fits that profile. The 6-foot-6, 246-pound tight end/wide receiver is the matchup nightmare Evan Engram was supposed to be. An offense with Pitts, a healthy Saquon Barkley and a potential top free-agent wide receiver would be far more formidable than the unit that finished 31st in scoring last season.
I know some teams view Pitts as a receiver and not just a tight end. But let’s be honest, if the Giants select Pitts, they’re not going to put him on the outside as a number one receiver. They might split him out at times, but he is still a tight end just like Evan Engram who has the skillset of a wide receiver.
Even if the Giants get Pitts and a wide receiver in the second or third round, they could have still taken a player at a11 that would fill a more pressing need heading into next season.