Upgrading the defense is the main concern for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. However, improving the offense is another smart way to build teams in today’s league. The Cowboys may not have many holes on that side of the ball, but it is wise to build on a strength of the roster.

Many assume that the Cowboys will pick a defender in the first-round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Dallas holds a top-10 draft pick for the first time since the team took running back Ezekiel Elliott back in 2016. Cornerbacks Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn are popular prospects that have been linked to the Cowboys.

NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah currently sees Dallas grabbing a pass rusher in the top-10, passing on both Surtain II and Horn. Linebacker is another sneaky need that could be in play for the Cowboys.

So, why would the Cowboys pass up on defense with its first-round pick? It seems clear that is the area of the roster that desperately needs improvement. One reason why the Cowboys could steer into taking an offensive player is because of how good Kyle Pitts is.


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Nov 9, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Pitts is the type of prospect worth passing on defense for. The former Florida tight end had a season for the ages during his final year in Gainsville. The presumptive top-10 draft pick grabbed 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. Pitts was a man amongst boys in the Southeastern Conference.

The Athletic‘s draft analyst Dane Brugler ranks the Florida product as the second best prospect in the entire 2021 draft class. ESPN’s Scout Inc. is not far behind, ranking Pitts as the fourth best player.

NFL Draft insider Matt Miller appeared on ESPN’s Get Up to talk about Kyle Pitts. Miller claimed that the Cowboys would have “the best offense in the NFC” if somehow Pitts falls to the Dallas Cowboys.

“If you add in the LeBron James of tight end prospects in Kyle Pitts, I don’t know how you stop Dallas,” Miller said during his show appearance on Thursday morning.

Reports surfaced on Wednesday that Jerry Jones is “infatuated” with Kyle Pitts. That should not be major news, as it is no secret how talented of a player that the former Gators star is.

It seems unlikely that the Cowboys would trade up for Pitts, as good as he is. There also appears to be a slim-at-best chance that Kyle Pitts is on the board at 10th overall for the Cowboys to draft. That said, the same things were being said about CeeDee Lamb falling to 17 last year.

The NFL Draft is so unpredictable, and this year is not expected to be any different. Crazier things have happened before. It would be a joy to watch Kyle Pitts catch touchdown passes from Dak Prescott in a Cowboys uniform — as unlikely as that might be.

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