Will the Dallas Cowboys take a chance on Kyle Pitts with the 10th pick?

Kyle Pitts, Florida Gators (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Kyle Pitts, Florida Gators (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

With the NFL draft approaching, the Dallas Cowboys are likely evaluating every option that could be a solid fit for their roster. Cornerbacks like Patrick Surtain II of Alabama and Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech have been linked to Dallas’ first-round pick.

Although this might be their most logical selection, the Cowboys possibly have something up their sleeve that no one will see coming. Just last year, they selected wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick. This selection was likely seen as picking the best player available rather than drafting the team’s biggest need.

It was apparent that the Cowboys already had two outstanding receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. However, Lamb fell right into the Cowboys’ lap and they likely didn’t think twice about the pick.

The Cowboys now arguably find themselves in a similar position. With a big need on the defensive side yet again, Dallas could very well retreat from defense to help build around quarterback Dak Prescott.

Could this be deja vu for the Dallas Cowboys? If tight end Kyle Pitts is still on the board at 10, the Cowboys will likely think long and hard about taking him.

Why should the Dallas Cowboys take Kyle Pitts?

The Cowboys could be in a very tough position. As much as they want to build that defense, the offense seems to be of more importance to teams in the NFL. This past season, seven of the top eight teams who averaged at least 27 offensive points a game made the postseason, according to teamrankings.com.

The Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Buffalo Bills, all of whom were in the conference championship, ranked in the top eight in this category. This likely goes to show just how important an elite offense is in the NFL. In this case, having a dominant offense possibly meant making a deep postseason run.

As a result, selecting Pitts would give Prescott another receiver to throw to.  The former Florida Gator can be seen as one of the best tight ends to come out of the draft in recent years. In his final season, he caught 43 passes for 770 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns.

Coming in 6-foot-6, 246 lbs, Pitts would excel in Dallas’ offense. Giving Prescott another weapon on offense would likely make it impossible for any defense to stop their attack. Furthermore, the Cowboys don’t seem to have a top-notch tight end either.

Both of Dallas’ tight ends Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz can be seen as solid tight ends in the NFL. The Cowboys didn’t see much from Jarwin last season because of a torn ACL in week 1. However, on the other hand, Schultz was arguably seen as a reliable target throughout the season. He caught 63 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns.

Although both of Dallas’ tight ends can be productive at times, Pitts’ talent likely puts him on a whole other level. His size and speed would possibly make him one of the best weapons for the Cowboys.

Pitt’s projected 40 time is a 4.53, according to WalterFootball.com. This time would put him well under the average for a tight end running the 40-yard dash. The average is just 4.70.

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There’s no doubt that defense is the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest need this offseason. However, building around franchise quarterback Dak Prescott can be a pivotal reason why the team might take a chance on Kyle Pitts with the 10th overall pick in April.