As the Dallas Cowboys continue to rebuild their defense, it appears the team is not ruling out adding to their already-explosive offense in the upcoming draft. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is “infatuated” with Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. The question is whether Jones’ interest in Pitts would prompt the Cowboys to trade up for the tight end given his rising draft stock.
Mortensen discussed the Cowboys’ interest in Pitts during former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum’s mock draft special. The ESPN analyst projected the Cowboys would select Alabama corner Patrick Surtain II, and Mortensen provided a bit of pushback as the insider believes Dallas would run to the podium to snag Pitts.
“Well, I’ll admit that he’s a perfect fit for Dan Quinn the new defensive coordinator’s scheme, Patrick Surtain II that is,” Mortensen explained. “However, we’re hearing this thing about Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys and the GM, being infatuated with Kyle Pitts. So I have figured he’s going have to trade up to get Kyle Pitts. I don’t agree with Mike [Tannenbaum] about where Pitts has fallen here. I think he’ll offer Emmitt Smith and Larry Allen, maybe throw in Michael Irvin. He doesn’t need Tony Romo but he has Dak Prescott, he spent $40 million a year on Dak Prescott so why not go get Kyle Pitts, or if he actually falls to 10, you couldn’t rule him out.”
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The Cowboys Face a Difficult Decision if Pitts Falls to No. 10
The Cowboys are widely projected to select a cornerback at No. 10 as Tannenbaum suggested. If Pitts does slip to No. 10, the Cowboys find themselves in a similar situation as they were last year when CeeDee Lamb dropped well past his projections.
The Cowboys’ defense is clearly the weaker unit, but Pitts’ talent may be too much to pass up even if tight end is not a major need. ESPN’s Todd McShay weighed in on Tannenbaum and Mortensen’s debate adding that the Cowboys are unlikely to have the option to select Pitts unless they trade up.
“Listen, I don’t think Pitts is going to be available even here [No. 10],” McShay responded. “I think he could …read more