Yeah OJH was a really good prospect but not can't miss as a receiver. The college production was fine but underwhelming. He wasn't really refined as a receiver either (neither was Engram btw). You could almost say all 3 of OJH, Engram and Fant were more athletic specimens than natural receivers. And that's not to say they can't still all be great but it also means they were not can't miss. OJH was basically a DK Metcalf type of prospect but at the TE position that just didn't work out, yet. I have not dug into any tape yet but Pitts appears to be a much more natural receiver and playmaker than any of the TE's mentioned.cantguardjake wrote: ↑Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:48 pmHoward had 7 college touchdowns in 4 seasons lol not sure why anyone expected him to be can’t miss fantasy prospect.Cameron Giles wrote: ↑Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:42 pmOJ Howard was considered a can't-miss TE for years and was more well-rounded than Pitts. Arguably the best blocking TE in the country in his collegiate career.
I love Pitts game too, but we've heard the "maybe this TE is worth a high rookie pick" argument plenty of times before. It's not that I think Pitts is going to stink; it's that I think you can get him for less than that initial price because people do not have patience with TEs.
Everyone wants the next Gronk, Kelce, Kittle, or whoever, but nobody wants to wait longer than a year or two for it.
TJ Hockenson was more or less the only actual "can't miss" TE drafted in the past 5-6 years, and so far he's still on that path. I did a little digging and typically the best TE's do not start out hot right away. They give you mediocre production for a year or two and then "hit" in year 2 or 3.