NFL Draft rumors: Will Cowboys trade up for Kyle Pitts?

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

NFL Draft rumors are heating up that the Dallas Cowboys will try to trade up from the No. 10 overall pick in order to land dynamic tight end Kyle Pitts.

NFL Draft rumors are about to run wild up until the start of the first round next Thursday. This is the case every single year.

The Dallas Cowboys are an interesting team in that they own the No. 10 overall selection, but expect to be a playoff team in 2021. Rumors have connected Dallas to Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, who remains an intriguing option for any team in the league.

But would the Cowboys go so far as to trade up for Pitts in the first round? NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that is just not happening.

Cowboys not expected to trade up for Kyle Pitts or at all in the first round

Pitts is only 20-years-old and had 12 touchdowns last season with the Florida Gators. He stands 6-foot-6 and teams around the NFL love his size and speed. The Cowboys in particular may be dreaming about Pitts as a long-term, dynamic option at tight end.

But any trade up in the first round involves a big cost. And every single draft involves “what if?” scenarios for teams who are not in a position to draft certain players. If Pitts falls, that is great for Dallas. If not, there is going to be a lot of elite talent left on the board.

Pitts was a unanimous All-American and won the John Mackey Award in 2020 as the nation’s best tight end. That right there explains the hype surrounding him ahead of the draft.

One thing working in Dallas’ favor is the fact there could be a huge run on quarterbacks early. If three or four fly off the board early, Pitts is going to keep sliding down the board.

As Rapoport notes, smokescreens are endless this time of year. But Cowboys fans should now be able to expect the team to hold firm and pick at No. 10. That is, unless they get a good offer to trade down.

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