The 2021 NFL Draft is still fresh in football fans’ minds despite being two weeks ago.
Much of the post-draft analysis centers on how well each team fared with its selections.
Another way to look at it is how the players fared.
In this case, we are taking a look at first-round draft picks who landed with perfect teams and situations.
Here are three NFL rookies who landed on perfect teams.
They are listed in the order they were drafted.
1. Kyle Pitts, Florida Tight End, Atlanta Falcons
To be fair, Kyle Pitts is a superstar so he is the perfect fit with any NFL team.
Pitts is called a wide receiver in a tight end’s body.
Regarding Pitts, Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network said:
“Agile, fluid, and a natural pass catcher. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes, extends to make the reception away from his frame, and looks the ball into his hands. Tracks the ball in the air, displays outstanding timing, and comes away with the difficult grab. Gets vertical, adjusts, and climbs over defensive backs to come away with the difficult catch.”
Analysts believe he is the surest bet among the first round draft picks in 2021 to have a successful NFL career (barring injury).
— NFL (@NFL) May 7, 2021
The Atlanta Falcons selected him with their fourth overall pick.
Pitts has the speed, strength, and ball-handling skills that some believe are once in a generation.
Matt Ryan has got to be excited at the possibility of making plays with Pitts.
2. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are building a team around their 2020 first overall pick, quarterback Joe Burrow.
While an offensive lineman could have been considered with their fifth overall pick to keep Burrow protected, the Bengals instead drafted a former teammate for Burrow.
He is wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and a favorite Burrow target from the LSU days.
It is hard to argue with the selection; Chase has the chemistry and experience with Burrow.
He caught 84 passes from Burrow during that magical 2019 LSU season; 20 were touchdowns.
Joe Burrow’s passing grade on deep throws:
Rookie season: 61.5 ❄️
Targeting Ja’Marr Chase in ‘19: 98.2 🔥
— PFF (@PFF) April 21, 2021
Chase also accumulated 1,780 yards meaning that his average yards per reception were 21.2.
Joe Burrow struggled with the completing deep passes during his rookie season.
Joe Burrow was accurate on 7 of 40 deep passes (17.5%) last season.
The worst deep passer in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/0Qhf80NnKf
— QB Data Mine (@QBDataMine) March 7, 2021
That problem appears to be solved with Chase joining the Bengals.
Big plays between the two are expected, and AFC North defenses should beware.
3. Micah Parsons, Penn State University Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys landed an immediate impact player with their 12th overall pick.
Micah Parsons is a dominant linebacker who is hungry to get on the field after opting out of 2020 due to COVID-19.
Parsons already has a spot on the starting roster since Sean Lee recently announced his retirement.
Micah Parsons even wore blue on draft night and said it was because he wanted to be a Cowboy.
“If it’s Dallas, I'm crying.”
Micah Parsons and his family’s reaction to being selected by the Dallas Cowboys is everything 🙌
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) May 6, 2021
The Cowboys are just as eager to bring Parsons on board since the Dallas defense was subpar during 2020.
Watching these three rookies with their new teams is just one of the many exciting storylines fans are eagerly awaiting in the 2021 NFL season.