Chicago Bears Showing Serious Interest In Tight End Zach Ertz

November 24, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins cornerback Sheldon Price (22) looks on as Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz (86) catches a pass in the first half of the game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Just because the Chicago Bears added tight end Martellus Bennett to open Free Agency doesn’t mean that Phil Emery and Company are finished overhauling the position.  Kellen Davis has been dropped, pun fully intended and Matt Spaeth has returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  We don’t know what to make of second year H-back Evan Rodriguez, so the Bears could look to further upgrade their tight end position in the upcoming NFL Draft.  The player they’re targeting?  ESPN Chicago’s Michael Wright cites sourcesthat say the Bears are seriously considering Stanford tight end Zach Ertz.

NFL sources count former Stanford tight end Zach Ertz among the group of players the Bears are focusing on, with one source saying he’s “very much in play” to be the club’s choice.

With so many other needs to address, would Emery double down on the tight end position?  Let’s learn a little more about this prospect via CBS Sports:

Height: 6-5

Weight: 249 lbs.

Position Rank: 2

40 yard dash: 4.68

Bench Press: 24

Vertical Jump: 30.5″

2012 Statistics

69 Receptions                    898 Receiving Yards                6 Touchdowns

Here is a highlight reel of Ertz in action:

Ertz and Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert are widely considered the top tight end prospects in the draft.  Both had stellar college careers as pass catching tight ends.

Drafting Ertz at #20 would be a big surprise coming from Phil Emery, but he’s surprised Bears fans ever since he arrived.  He pulled off the big Brandon Marshall trade, drafted Shea McClellin who many Bears fans hadn’t heard of before the last draft and signed free agents Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod when no one thought the Bears had the cap space to do it.  If there’s anything we’ve learned about Phil Emery, it’s to expect the unexpected.  It would be a bold move that would really change the face of the Bears offense.  It would Jay Cutler an embarrassment of riches with weapons like Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte.

I am pretty confident that Ertz will be available at #20.  Most mocks I’ve seen have him going #30 to the Atlanta Falcons or in the early 30′s to San Francisco 49ers with either their late first or early second round selection.  If the Bears were to trade down and grab Ertz later in the first or in the early second, I’m OK with it if they can still grab an offensive lineman like Larry Warford or linebacker Kevin Minter or Arthur Brown to improve on areas of need.

What do you think?  Should the Bears double down on playmaking tight ends and draft Zach Ertz?  Would you be happy if they took him at #20?  Let’s see what you think in the Comments.

Topics: Chicago Bears, Draft, Zach Ertz

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  • Kevin

    This guy can play. Have been wanting the Bears to take him all along, hope they do. A definite Pro-Bowl player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.a.maupin David A Maupin

    Of the 2 TE Eifert and Hertz originally I would’ve Eifert no question. After research I would definately would picked Ertz due to his blocking. EIFERT has very suspect blocking and great hands. ERTZ is no slouch at catching ie: YouTube highlights. But is an NFL ready blocker. I believe a clone of Bennett but better after the catch than the Black Unicorn. Imagine bookending the line with a two TE set, with Forte out of the backfield and MARSHALL split out with a speed receiver on the other side or same side as Marshall. We could use this formation every play and nobody will know whether we run, screen, or pass short or long which is pretty much every option of a play. I’m sure Trestman will get creative with it but there are ENDLESS possibilities.

  • D S

    Well if he’s this good Bears can’t afford 2 possible pro-bowl TE’s. So I say no chance of them taking him.

  • Kevin Hill

    wow Ertz can run after the catch and catch, boy is he good

  • http://www.facebook.com/chilichillin Ronald Larson

    Great player, would love to have him if we traded down. But at #20 it would be a terrible call. It all really depends on who falls to us at #20, or even more importantly who is not there. We will see in 13 days though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ScottieRocker Scottie Rocker

    If trestman implements the two tight end set then, yes Ertz is Beast!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bearsfan25 Rob Schwarz Jr

    I look at it this way. No one knows who the Bears are going to pick at this point. I haven’t seen many mock drafts with the same guy being picked at #20. This tells me, Emery could go in any direction. I honestly think he is showing interest in these guys for one reason, trade value. He is trying to show other teams, hey, we may take the guy you want. Maybe you should trade up and grab him yourself. Emery seems very smart. I wanted Jeffrey so bad last year, never thought we would get him the way we did. Same with B Marshall. This guy knows his stuff and I look forward to seeing how the draft unfolds in two weeks!!

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