Scouting Report: Dennis Pitta

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010




Dennis Pitta


Position: TE School: BYU
Height: 6’4 1/2" Weight: 245 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71

Overall Grade:

6.04

Draft Projection:

Early 3rd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 3
Quickness/Agility 10 6
Strength/Explosion 10 7
Athletic Ability 8 5
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 7


Tight Ends Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Blocking 8 5
Hands 8 8
Route Running/Separation 8 6.5
Red Zone Threat 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Quite possibly the best pass catching tight end in the draft. Snags the ball out of the air and is a very natural receiver. Solid route runner that has smooth acceleration and doesn’t lose speed in cuts. Not afraid of contact. Can work the middle of the field, but was split out wide most often with BYU. Great concentration and looks the ball in. An above average blocker that isn’t afraid to mix it up. Super high character player that is very mature. Was a walk-on at BYU that may be a bit of an over-achiever.

Weaknesses

Marginal straight line speed. Won’t be a deep threat at the next level. While he’s a willing blocker, he can get over-matched and will fall off blocks. Came from a strange system at BYU that had him lining up wide more often than not. May have trouble transitioning in a “block and release” style play. Is a bit older than most prospects (25) as he served a two year Mormon mission.

Analysis

Pitta is an exceptional pass catcher that will make an NFL team very happy. He’s consistent, knows how to run routes and is a willing blocker. His work ethic alone will get him playing time with an NFL team, and don’t be surprised if he ends up having a better overall career than some of the more highly touted tight end prospects. There will be no concerns with Pitta off the field as he’s an Eagle Scout, a former team captain and is currently married.

Experience

Three year starter at BYU.

Awards and Honors

2009: Consensus 1st team All-American. 1st team All-MWC. Finalist for Mackey Award.
2008: 1st team All-MWC.
2007: 1st team All-MWC.
2006: n/a


Academics

Unknown major at BYU.

Bloodlines

Father played middle linebacker for California.

Injuries

Sprained MCL in 2008 but did not miss any games.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2009 62 829 13.4 35 8
2008 83 1083 13.0 46 6
2007 69 813 13.8 45 5
2006 17 176 10.4 21 2



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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.