Kylie Fitts

Utah
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Prospect Info

College
Utah
Hometown
Class
San Bernardino, CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
263 lbs
33”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.49
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Chicago
Bears
Round 6 ‧ Pick 7
40 Yard Dash
4.69
Seconds
Bench Press
31
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.88
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.19
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.82
Seconds
 
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Fitts signed with UCLA as a four-star recruit and top 10 defensive end prospect nationally from San Bernardino, California. But after one season there (six games, one tackle on special teams), Fitts decided to transfer away from Westwood to Utah, one of his final choices a year earlier. He redshirted in Salt Lake City in 2014 before earning a starting spot for 11 of 13 games played as a sophomore (eight at left end, three at right end). Fitts showed excellent quickness to the ball and strength in the run game while compiling 41 tackles, eight for loss, and seven sacks, plus he used his power and length to rank ninth in the FBS with four forced fumbles. Primed for a big 2016 season, Fitts instead played in just two games (four tackles, three for loss, 1.5 sacks) before succumbing to a foot injury. Various injuries hindered him in 2017, as he only started 10 games, making 23 tackles that included three sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Nate Orchard
Overview
Fitts simply hasn't been able to stay at full strength over the last two seasons and it takes heavy digging to find good tape against quality competition because of it. He could be a target for 3-4 teams as a strong-side outside linebacker, but a lack of anchor at the point of attack could chase him into competition for a role as designated pass rusher. He has the talent and traits to play at a higher level than his current grade, but he'll have to prove he can stay healthy.
Strengths
  • Has experience playing with a hand down or standing
  • Plays with good upfield explosion in first two steps as a rusher
  • Has purpose in his rush and gets good forward momentum headed along the rush arc
  • Uses efficient hand work to swipe and clear a blocker's hands
  • Uses a punch and rip move to work around the tackle outside hand
  • Ankle flexion allows for sharper cornering
  • Can brake suddenly and change direction to give chase against misdirection runs or bootleg quarterbacks
  • Uses long limbs for expanded tackle radius in his area
  • Plays with good pursuit speed and range
  • Able to spot drop in coverage if needed
Weaknesses
  • Durability is a major concern
  • Missed all but two games in 2016 due to a foot injury and had to deal with a variety of injuries this past season
  • Blockers slow him dramatically once they get hands on him
  • Struggles to match power with power when facing up a blocker
  • Sets a soft edge against tackles and can be dislodged and pushed out of his run fit
  • High-cut frame lacks strength in lower body
  • Can be jostled around and out of the play when stunting inside
  • Doesn't convert speed to power at effective rate

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league