5 prospects the Vikings don’t want to see land in NFC North in 2021

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Kyle Pitts – TE (Florida)

It’s actually a bit of a stretch to say that Kyle Pitts could end up in the NFC North as there’s a very good chance he’s selected with one of the first five picks of the 2021 NFL Draft. Pitts is seen as one of the best overall players in this year’s class and he is a freakish talent who will be a mismatch nightmare for defenses around the league.

Pitts is labeled as a tight end, but he’s so much more than that. He is basically an oversized wide receiver, but with the same speed and route-running ability as a guy three quarters his size.

He checks all the boxes and he has some of the best hands of any pass catcher in this class. He will be a game-changer the moment he steps on an NFL field and it won’t take him long to be considered among the best tight ends in the league.

If Pitts somehow falls to the No. 7 pick, the Lions shouldn’t hesitate to take him. He’d form an unstoppable tandem with T.J. Hockenson and he might even evolve into Detroit’s No. 1 option in the passing game if they split him out wide and use him more like a receiver.

If the Chicago Bears or Green Bay Packers give up their future to take him, the Vikings’ linebackers and safeties will have to deal with this freak for years, and they haven’t been historically great against tight ends with much lesser talent.