WR's & TE's accounted for four of the 1st 10 selections in this years NFL Draft.
Kyle Pitts (#4)
Ja'Marr Chase (#5)
Jaylen Waddle (#6)
Devonta Smith (#10)
Last year, rookie WR Justin Jefferson (MIN) set the league on fire, and the year before, rookie WR DK Metcalf (SEA) put on a show in the NFC West. This year, Kyle Pitts, Ja'Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, and Devonta Smith will look to have spectacular seasons.
History is Made
Kyle Pitts is a 6'6, 245 lb. TE from the University of Florida. Pitts went on to win the John Mackey Award as the top TE in college football in 2020. The 20-year-old tore up SEC defenses in 2020, hauling in 12 TD's in 8 starts. Pitts has been labeled as "the unicorn" of the draft because of his incredible combination of strength, size, and speed.
The addition of Pitts can make the Falcons one of the top offenses in the league.
After the first three selections were QB's, the Falcons drafted Pitts with the 4th pick on Thursday. The selection made Pitts the highest drafted TE in NFL history. Pitts will join elite pass catchers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley in Atlanta, with Matt Ryan still at QB.
Reunited, and it Feels So Good
The Cincinnati Bengals selected WR Ja'Maar Chase with the 5th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The former LSU Tiger will now catch passes from his college QB Joe Burrow. The addition of Chase gives the Bengals one of the best receiving corps in the league, with Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins returning in 2021.
Chase and Burrow won a national championship together in 2019 and will rekindle their connection in the NFL this year.
Ja'Maar Chase opted out of the 2020 collegiate season after dominating NCAA Football in 2019. The former LSU Tiger won the Biletnikoff Award as the best WR in 2019. Chase added to the Biletnikoff award by posting 9 REC for 221 YDS and 2 TD's in the Tiger's National Championship win. Considered as one of the best WR prospects in years, Chase will now take his talents to Cincinnati.
Jaylen Waddle is a game-changing speed WR.
The Miami Dolphins selected WR Jaylen Waddle with the 6th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Just like Ja'Maar Chase, Waddle will be reuniting with his former college QB: Tua Tagovailoa. The former Alabama WR has been compared to Tyreek Hill because of his ability to take the top off the defense with breathtaking speed. The speed of Waddle gives Miami another element to their offense, and will help out Tua at QB.
Devonta Smith was absolutely sensational at Alabama, hauling in 117 REC for 1,856 YDS and 23 TD's this past year. Smith backed up his incredible season with 12 REC for 215 YDS and 3 TD's in Alabama's National Championship win over Ohio State. Essentially, the Crimson Tide WR put up video game numbers in college.
Smith had one of the best college football seasons of all time which culminated in the 2020 Heisman Award as the best player in college football.
Devonta Smith is now in Philadelphia after being selected with the 12th pick by the Eagles. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner will be reuniting with former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia. Smith will be relied upon heavily in 2021, as Philadelphia had the worst receiving corps in the league last year. Will the Heisman winner continue his success in the NFL?