Every tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft class pales in comparison to Florida’s Kyle Pitts, but there are several prospects who are worth taking a flier on in later rounds. Georgia’s Tre’ McKitty could be a person of interest for teams looking to add depth. He had modest stats for his firth three years of college and a his senior numbers were affected by knee injury that caused him to miss four of the Bulldogs’ eight regular-season games. He has the ability to develop into a capable player at the next level. McKitty finished college with 56 catches for 628 yards and two scores.
McKitty is a solid athlete with above-average run after the catch ability. His combination of size and speed could make him great for creating mismatches in the seams of defenses. McKitty has plenty of desirable physical tools, but his lack of production in college in concerning. He was never asked to be a go-to guy, so counting on him at the next level could be a stretch. He has potential, but is viewed as more of a project at this point in his development.
— NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein
Mock Draft landing spots
McKitty isn’t as polished as other tight ends in this draft and is ranked the sixth-best prospect at his position by ESPN. He’s likely not a priority for any team given his college production and recent health struggles, but teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, and Buffalo Bills could use more athleticism at tight end in the third round or later.
Fantasy impact: Rookie year
McKitty will likely end up starting his career as a TE3 or TE4, so his immediate fantasy outlook is far from good. There’s a chance that injuries could give him a chance to contribute from time to time, but rostering him on a weekly basis would likely yield undesirable results. McKitty is a few years away from being a legitimate fantasy football option.
Fantasy impact: Career
McKitty’s long-term outlook is far from clear. If he wasn’t able to figure things out in four years at the collegiate level, it could take some time for him to flourish at the pinnacle of football. McKitty hasn’t shown that he’s ready to live up to his potential, so I’d look other places first in dynasty drafts. McKitty could end up being a non-factor in the NFL.