The Chicago Bears are set to embark on what might be the most important draft weekend of GM Ryan Pace’s tenure. After delivering a dud in 2019, they must make changes at important positions to get back on the winning track. After navigating the early waves of free agency, the team has moved into NFL Draft mode. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more promising draft-eligible prospects to see if there’s a fit for the Bears in 2020.
Potential Target, Position, School
- Cole Kmet, tight end, Notre Dame
- Measurements: 6-6, 262 pounds, 33-inch arms, 10 1/2-inch hands
Performance, Prospect Rankings, and Accomplishments
- 2019 stats: 10 games, 43 catches, 515 yards, 6 touchdowns
- Career stats: 23 games, 60 catches, 691 yards, 6 touchdowns
- Accomplishments: Mackey Award Tight End of the Week (2019 Week 3 vs. Georgia)
- Position ranking: 1st (ESPN), 2nd (Pro Football Focus), 1st (CBS Sports), 2nd (Walter Football)
One Thing the NFL.com Draft Profile Says…
“He’s still developing and could be a slow starter headed into the league, but he has the talent to eventually become a solid starter as a pass-catching in-line tight end with the ability to mismatch from the slot with his size.”
Kmet, a native of nearby Lake Barrington, Ill., is mocked to the Bears with the first of their two second-round picks by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. in his latest mock draft.
Where’s the Fit?
Based on the composite ranking calculator we’re using to grade draft prospects at BN, Kmet is the highest-ranking player at the position. And with good reason.
Kmet might be the most talented and athletically gifted tight end of the bunch, but there is a fair amount of projection in his draft spot. For Kmet to reach his full potential, he will need to smooth out some of the rough spots in his game. He will need to gain consistency as a blocker and, sharpen up his routes in the passing game, all while continuing to be a go-up-and-get-it pass-catcher.
There is an amplified focus on the importance of the “U” tight end position in Matt Nagy’s offense, but the “Y” position tends to get overlooked. And yet, I can’t stop thinking about how the likes of Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz can line up at both spots at the position and make plays. With his size and pass-catching ability, Kmet projects to be the type of tight end who could play both spots in Chicago’s scheme.