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Make the Case: TE Kyle Pitts vs. WR DeVonta Smith


"Make the Case" is once again in session on

In this series, we look at projections provided by analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the draft.

First up is a debate between two explosive, offensive playmakers from the SEC:

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts vs. Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith

Kyle Pitts

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6 / 246 pounds

2020 stats: 8 games, 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns

DeVonta Smith:

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1 / 175 pounds

2020 stats: 13 games, 117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns

Todd McShay of ESPN projected Florida tight end Kyle Pitts: "The Giants could enjoy a fantastic duo at tight end -- Pitts is versatile enough to play with [Evan] Engram and be moved around the formation -- and provide quarterback Daniel Jones with a playmaker."

Chad Reuter of predicted Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith: "Typically, GM Dave Gettleman would look to improve the front seven with this pick. But Smith's value is too high to ignore, despite his lean frame. Gettleman's first-round pick from two years ago, quarterback Daniel Jones, will appreciate the explosive, tough and reliable Smith."

Brentley Weissman of The Draft Network chose Smith: "Smith may not be the biggest receiver, weighing in around 170 pounds, but he has very good speed, is an extremely nuanced route-runner who creates easy separation, and is a nightmare with the ball in his hands after the catch."

Joe Marino of The Draft Network went with Pitts: "He's a versatile tight end that can play all over the formation and provide a mismatch for the offense with his size, length, and ball skills."

Photos of 2021 NFL Draft prospect, Florida TE Kyle Pitts.

Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus picked Smith: "Smith's production has been off the charts over the last two years. He led all Alabama wide receivers — a group that included three other first-round talents — in receiving yardage in 2019 and is coming off an even better, Heisman-winning campaign this past season."

Josh Schrock of NBC Sports projected Pitts: "As Daniel Jones enters Year 3, the Giants have to find him a go-to weapon. Pitts is much more than a tight end. He's a versatile offensive weapon who can play outside, in the slot or in-line and is a matchup nightmare."

Jordan Reid of The Draft Network predicted Smith: "Smith adds to an already talented trio of wide receivers in Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate."

Drae Harris of The Draft Network went with Pitts: "While the Giants' defense surprised many in 2020, Joe Judge has continued to stress the need of adding playmakers to the offensive side of the ball. A quality tight end and running game are a quarterback's best friends. They select a dynamic offensive weapon in Pitts here. He will be a matchup problem against linebackers and safeties."

Photos of 2021 NFL Draft prospect, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith.


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