Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: ‘Not legitimate’ to say I’m infatuated with Kyle Pitts in NFL draft

FRISCO, Texas — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones deems the conversation “not legitimate.”

Sure, like other evaluators across the NFL, Jones marvels at the mismatch nightmare Florida tight end prospect Kyle Pitts threatens to pose. He dreams about how Pitts could bolster the Cowboys’ Super Bowl chances and told the prospect in a virtual pre-draft meeting: “Man, what a pair up we could wo with ol' Dak Prescott…to get you the ball. So we can dream of visions of sugar plums around here.”

But Jones says his dream of Pitts is mostly just that: a dream. The ESPN report characterizing Jones as “infatuated” with Pitts overestimates how much the owner/general manager is actually willing to act upon said admiration.

“Anybody in this draft is impressed, probably an exaggeration as fascinated,” Jones said. “We’re not going to go in there and spend an inordinate collateral or value to maneuver up there so that we can get to him.”

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The Cowboys are scheduled to be on the clock Thursday night with the 10th selection of the 2021 NFL draft. Pitts is expected to land with a team at least five or six spots earlier after a season in which he exploded for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in just eight games. Pitts averaged a whopping 17.9 yards per catch.

Also last season: The Cowboys posted a historically bad defense, wallowing at 6-10 in head coach Mike McCarthy’s inaugural season. Pitts joining an early run of offensive selections could work to Dallas’ advantage in another facet: leaving cornerbacks like Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II and South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn available for the Cowboys’ scheduled slot.

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