At first glance, Pitre looks like a repeat at safety after taking Hamilton. But he is more versatile than many safeties in this class, operating as a slot corner a lot and functioning in a do-everything role in Dave Aranda’s defense at Baylor (75 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, two interceptions and three forced fumbles last season).
Via PFF’s Anthony Treash, who had the Lions taking Pitre with the 32nd pick in his recent mock:
"Slot corners are valuable pieces to the defense, and Pitre was one of the best slot corners in college football over the last two years at Baylor, producing a top-three slot coverage grade among Power Five defensive backs in that span. The former Baylor Bear didn’t allow a single touchdown in the slot while producing the second-most passing stops (20) and 11 combined plays on the ball. Pitre was also a stout run defender and an excellent pass-rusher, whether in the slot or on the occasions he moved closer to the ball at outside linebacker. He posted a 92.7 run-defense and 83.6 pass-rush grade in 2021. Pitre has the skill set to be a more versatile player in the league than he was at Baylor, but at a minimum, he should be a strong slot defender. He has the physical instinct, quickness and processing ability to do so."
Everything Pitre offers is what the Lions could use. So Aaron Glenn gets another new toy in the secondary.