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Could Pats target Pitts after Florida TE declares for NFL Draft?

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The New England Patriots appear to have whiffed on two tight ends in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Might they try their luck again in 2021?

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts announced Sunday he plans to forgo his senior season, opt out of the Gators' 2020 bowl game and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

Many view Pitts as the top tight end in the 2021 draft class, and our Phil Perry had the 6-foot-6, 246-pound junior going as high as No. 10 overall in his latest NFL mock draft.

While blocking isn't Pitts' strong suit, the Philadelphia native is an elite pass-catcher, with 43 catches, 770 yards and a team-high 12 touchdown receptions through eight games this season.

Pitts' offensive talents were on full display Saturday in the SEC Championship Game, as he racked up seven catches for 129 yards and a score in Florida's 52-46 loss to Alabama.

We'd imagine a few Patriots scouts had an eye on Pitts Saturday, especially considering New England's complete lack of production at the position this season.

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Ryan Izzo leads all Patriots tight ends with just 13 catches for 199 yards, while rookies Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi have combined for exactly one catch for eight yards.

Pitts may be off the draft board by the time the Patriots pick next spring, but his addition to the 2021 draft class could have a ripple effect on when other tight ends are taken in the draft.