By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The most prolific tight end in college football this season has entered the 2021 NFL Draft. Florida Gators junior tight end Kyle Pitts has entered the draft and will forgo his senior season.
He will not play in the team’s upcoming Bowl game. His final game with the team came in the SEC Championship, which was a loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
“I would like to thank God for this opportunity to play football and get an education from the University of Florida,” Pitts said on Twitter. “I’ve always wanted to play in the SEC (Southeastern Conference) and the University of Florida has allowed me to have the best experience: both in the classroom (at) a Top 10 Public Institution and on the field. I want to thank Coach Mullen for believing in me and my potential and helping me prepare for the next step in my life. Also, I would like to personally thank Coach Scott and Coach Brewster for molding me into the player I am today. Most importantly, I would like to thank my parents Theresa and Kelly because they sacrificed a lot in order for me to get where I am today. Finally, I would like to thank Greg Garrett, who has been a mentor and someone who has believed in me since day one.
“After much prayer and consideration and speaking with my family, I will forgot my senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft. I will not be playing in the (upcoming) Bowl game. I am eager to pursue my dreams of playing in the NFL. But I will always be a Gator.”
Pitts is projected to be the first tight end to come off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s projected to be a first-round draft pick.
This season, Pitts — who was a favorite target of Kyle Trask — had 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. In his final collegiate game, he had seven receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown reception on a 52-46 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game.