This could throw yet another wrinkle into the already-dramatic 2021 NFL Draft.
According to ESPN insider Chris Mortensen, a surprise team has an eye on Kyle Pitts, the consensus top tight end prospect and arguably the top pass-catcher in the draft. And it may take some maneuvering for them to have a chance at him.
“We’re hearing this thing about Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, and the GM, being infatuated with Kyle Pitts,” Mortensen said on “Get Up!” this week.
“I have figured out that he’s going to have to trade up to get Kyle Pitts. He spent $40 million a year on Dak Prescott, so why not go get Kyle Pitts?”
The Cowboys currently hold the No. 10 pick in the draft, which begins on April 29. It’s wildly unlikely that Pitts falls to that pick. Therefore, they might need to sacrifice future draft capital if they want to move up and get him – perhaps all the way to pick No. 4.
It’d be a fun thought for Cowboys fans, throwing the ultra-talented Pitts into an offense with QB Prescott, wide receivers Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and running back Ezekiel Elliott. But they drafted Lamb in 2020, which was a luxury pick for the team even then. Now, selecting another offensive weapon would be flat-out wasteful.
The Cowboys’ offense is not a problem. Even with Prescott missing a majority of the season, Dallas finished in the top half of the league in total offense (371.8 yards per game). Before Prescott’s injury, Dallas’ passing offense led the league by a wide margin.
Adding Pitts wouldn’t make an already-great offense much better, especially with Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin in the fold at tight end — neither of whom are near Pitts’ caliber, but both solid pass-catchers. The defense, however, was a major problem. Dallas allowed the fifth-most points in the league and the 10th-most yards.
They have an opportunity to upgrade a below-average defense with a solid secondary piece. So while Pitts may be a fun idea, it’d be irresponsible in the grand scheme of things. Cowboys fans better hope his infatuation doesn’t reach a fever pitch.