Ja’Marr Chase, Kyle Pitts Creating Pro Day Buzz After Insane Weigh-Ins, Workouts

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Coming into Wednesday, everyone knew Ja’Marr Chase and Kyle Pitts would be two of the top pass-catchers in the 2021 NFL draft. Yet both players still somehow managed to impress NFL talent evaluators at their pro days.

First, it was Pitts, the freakish tight end out of Florida.

He started the day measuring in at almost 6-foot-6 and weighing 245 pounds. His hand size of 10 and 5/8 inches was noteworthy, but it was his 83 and 3/8-inch wingspan that has people talking. It’s the largest wingspan of any tight end in the last 20 years.

As if that wasn’t enough, the former Gator also posted a 4.44 unofficial time in the 40-yard dash. For a guy who is almost 6-6 and 250 pounds, that is an incredible time. Check out the clip from Kim Jones with the NFL Network.

Tight ends don’t typically go in the top 10, but Pitts may be an exception. In a lot of ways, he’s not even a true tight end. He’s a big-bodied receiver who can line up as a perimeter guy, an in-line tight end, a move guy or as a big slot.

The value of that offensive versatility cannot be overstated.

Pitts wasn’t the only one showing out though. Former LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase turned a few heads as well after opting out of the 2020 season.

On Wednesday, Chase put up comparable numbers to fellow former SEC receivers Julio Jones and DK Metcalf. Pro Football Focus — also known as PFF — tweeted out those comparisons, and the similarities are astonishing.

Chase’s 4.38 unofficial 40 time was comparable to Jones (4.39) and Metcalf (4.33) as well. At 6-0, 201 pounds, he isn’t as big as those other two, but his play strength and physicality are both excellent.

Some will question the validity of his 40-yard dash since it was recorded at a Pro Day, but he glided past defensive backs with ease in 2019. The time reflects that ability, so it should be easy to believe. The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner also posted an eye-popping 11-foot broad jump and 41-inch vertical, which are spectacular numbers.

Pitts and Chase join Alabama receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle as top-10 pass-catching options. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get to see Smith or Waddle do any of the standard drills, but several teams are going to be happy with the addition of any of these guys.

If your team needs a game-changing weapon in the passing game, it’s a good year for finding one. Other talents such as Terrace Marshall Jr. (4.38 40 time) and Kadarius Toney (4.41) will be pushed down the board due to the players above.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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