The conversation of Kyle Pitts being an option at ten for the Dallas Cowboys has led to questions about how to build the defense after that pick. We build a mock of how they could do it.
There is a growing argument among Dallas Cowboys fans regarding what to do if Kyle Pitts makes it to pick ten. Some are on the side of drafting Pitts because he is strictly Best Player Available and will help the offense, and others are on the side of grabbing a corner early and fixing a bad defense because the offense is already the strength of the team. Regardless of which side you fall on, let’s figure out how the Cowboys could build on the defense and still take Pitts.
This mock was created by several runs through The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine. The trades were based on the traditional value chart, with regard that it doesn’t have to be perfect, just close to point value. The evaluations are a mix of my own reviews of the players and Dane Brugler’s Beast Draft Guide. Let’s get straight into the draft.
The latest Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft…
Pick 10 – Kyle Pitts – Tight End – Florida
Kyle Pitts is part of the new movement of tight end. Less of an in-line blocker and more of a wide receiver in skillset. Some believe he would take over Michael Gallup‘s spot on the roster next, and would instantly help the red zone issues of the Cowboys. A matchup nightmare for linebackers and smaller defensive backs, Pitts is physically imposing and extremely athletic.
The positives to Pitts are that he can line up anywhere and create mismatches. His ability to create these mismatches opens possibilities for other receivers. He creates space with good route running and once the ball is in his hands can eat yards quickly. He has good hands, catches well in traffic, and excels at high pointing the ball. With an outstanding catch radius and very few drops in his career, he is a unique and intriguing weapon for any team.
The knocks on Pitts really are about his ability to play in-line. While he is a willing blocker, he does not hold up well at the point of attack and doesn’t have the power you would expect to hold off pass-rushers very long. As a blocker, he won’t offer much, but that isn’t why you draft Pitts. He did have a concussion last year that required nasal surgery, which as concussions usually go, means he is more likely to have another at some point.