When the Bears traded Martellus Bennett they let one of their best tight ends in a while, go. Zach Miller is nice but he’s not a number one tight end in this league. He is also an injury risk as we have seen yet again this season. The Bears could use someone to throw the ball too that is a threat like a Jimmy Graham or former Bear Greg Olsen. But that tight end needs to be a good blocker as well. That’s a plus.
A dynamic tight end that can stretch defenses is a must. Someone who can block would also help. Remember how Bennett could do that? The perfect package is hard to find but those players are out there.
They can be found in the 2017 NFL Draft.
But in what spot would it be wise for the Bears to take a tight end. That answer could depend on where the Bear’s decide to take a quarterback, or if. Chicago would be guaranteed to take a quarterback somewhere between the first and third rounds of the draft. So, that means a tight end could be taken somewhere in the fourth round or lower.
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the Bears skip picking a tight end in the first and second round and look at taking one in the third or fourth round. Looking at some of the scouting reports and talent available, I have compiled a list of some tight ends that could be both available and worthy of a third or fourth round selection. Here is the list, in no particular order:
Blake Jarwin-Oklahoma State
Durham Smythe-Notre Dame
Maybe one of these guys could get drafted and help the Bears. It’s clear the Bears could use a tight end and the draft would be an excellent place for them to get one.