2021 NFL Draft: Kyle Pitts selected No. 4 by Atlanta Falcons

With the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected tight end Kyle Pitts.

Pitts continued to make history on Thursday night as he became the highest drafted tight end of all time. After a stellar junior season with the Florida Gators, he locked himself in as a first-round draft pick.

Florida has produced a Top-10 selection in each of the last two years, with C.J. Henderson going No. 9 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020.

After being selected in the Top-5, Pitts joins an elite group with just three other former Gators to do so (Dante Fowler, Gerrard Warren and Wes Chandler).

“I’ve been waiting for that call my whole life,” Pitts said on stage after his selection. “When I saw my phone ring, my heart dropped.”

In his Florida career, Pitts made 100 catches for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Mackey Award winner and unanimous All-American broke program records for receiving yards by a tight end, single-season touchdowns by a tight end and single-game receiving touchdowns (Ole Miss) among other accolades.

With the addition of Pitts, the Atlanta Falcons are getting an immediate difference-maker. A generational type player, he redefined the position at the college level and could do the same thing in the pros.

Bailiegh Carlton
A lifelong sports fan, Bailiegh Carlton knew from a young age that she wanted to work in sports in some capacity. Before transferring to the University of Florida to study journalism, she played softball at Gulf Coast State College. She then interned for Gator Country for three years as she worked toward her degree. After graduation, Bailiegh decided to explore other opportunities in the world of sports, but all roads led her right back here. In her time away, she and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world. When she isn't working, she can almost always be found snuggled up with sweet baby Ridley, Cody and her four fur babies.