When 49ers traded up, Kyle Pitts thought it might be for him

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Everyone knows that when the 49ers traded their next three first-round draft picks to move up to No. 3 overall, it was to draft a quarterback. Well, everyone except Kyle Pitts.

Pitts, the Florida tight end who is viewed by some as the top non-quarterback in the draft, heard the news that the 49ers had moved up to No. 3 and immediately thought it might be fore him.

Is it a QB or is it me?” Pitts asked in a text to his position coach, according to ESPN.

Although pairing Pitts with George Kittle would make for a phenomenal couple of tight ends, the question was rather silly. Of course the 49ers were trading up for a quarterback. Pitts may well be the best tight end prospect ever to come out of college football, and he still wouldn’t be worth trading three first-round picks to draft.

11 responses to “When 49ers traded up, Kyle Pitts thought it might be for him

  1. Shanahan is not ordinary by any means and looking at statistics, how many 1st rounders prosper in the NFL? JG will be back better than ever and with Pitts + our squad now, who’s gonna stop us.. Both OL and DL beefed up!!! 2021 watch out NFL!!!

  2. I know it probably won’t happen but both guys are more than just tight ends. You would have the ultimate chess piece, potentially, with Pitts. I prefer him over McCorkle at pick 3 but we shall see how the pick plays out in a week.

  3. Well, they really traded two 1st round picks, but even that makes the price feel slightly too high for anything but a QB.

    But the pundits seem to think he could be an all-time great at the position, so that’s a different level of “best player available”.

  4. kevpft says:
    April 22, 2021 at 2:55 pm
    Well, they really traded two 1st round picks, but even that makes the price feel slightly too high for anything but a QB.

    But the pundits seem to think he could be an all-time great at the position, so that’s a different level of “best player available”.
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    No, they REALLY traded 3 first round picks and a third round pick for the 3rd overall pick. As in that was the ACTUAL trade.

  5. Penei Sewell at 3? Stick with me for a sec.

    I thought it was odd for the 49ers to trade up without knowing which QB would still be there for sure. Theoretically, Jets could take Mac Jones or Justin Fields there instead of Zach Wilson. Then the 49ers said they weren’t trading Jimmy G. There was also talk that the 49ers tried to trade up to 4-6 instead of 3.

    Maybe they really want Penei Sewell, and could not get the 5th pick so they had to go two picks higher to get the best tackle prospect in recent memory.

  6. I don’t recall any team trading a first round picks to draft a TE, let alone 3 first round picks. Some teams have traded multiple draft picks to move up to pick a quarterback recently. He probably hasn’t been paying attention to the NFL draft while he was in school.

  7. It’ll be fields backing up Garappolo this year. None of these writers have any say in the matter.

  8. I think Frisco traded up to draft a punter #3 overall. They are looking for another Ray Guy, who was a first round pick.

  9. I would love SF to take Pitts at 3! Why not? A player like Pitts is exceptional and extremely rare. Good QB prospects you have frequently.
    If you take a look in the current roster of SF there is in the starting line only a few spots that need improvement in my point of view! A third receiver or tight end (Pitts) and maybe a third linebacker. So, why not going all in if your window for a super bowl run is open? Pitts gives you the chance to get it done! I don’t think a Rookie QB will open this door. You need to do it this year because next year many starters will likely leave (all starting CBs, and all the others playing with a 1 year contract).

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