Simply put, the Bears need a tight end. Zach Miller has proven himself to be injury prone. Dion Sims, a free agent who signed for big money, was not that productive with Miami and is a question mark. The less experienced players at this position on the roster are question marks as well. The Bears need to figure something out at tight end.
Oregon’s Pharaoh Brown is an intriguing prospect. He has some talent and could eventually be a starting tight end in the NFL.
Some of the positive things Brown brings to the game include his size. He’s huge standing six feet six inches but his 255 pounds doesn’t keep him weighed down. He is quick and came move around well. Brown can block which is a huge plus. When he has the ball in his hands, he can power through smaller defenders and get those extra yards after the catch. He has nice body control when catching the ball and his hands are big.
According to NFL.com, his negative qualities include:
"Not instinctive as run blocker and takes some questionable angles in space. Looked less athletic and seemed to slow down as the season progressed. Unable to uncover at the top of his routes. Not a natural hands catcher to put it mildly. Tape is filled with drops and double-catches. Posted a double-digit drop rate in every season at Oregon. Often looked hesitant after the catch. Scouts concerned about his character. Gruesome leg injury from 2014 will get substantial vetting by medical staffs at combine."
There are several players that would be worth the Bears fifth pick in the draft. With the need for a tight end being considerable and Brown being a decent talent, the Bears could do no wrong by taking him there. That’s if he is around, of course.
Alternate Pick: Zach Banner-OT-USC-If the Bears don’t’ get someone at offensive tackle earlier then they need to try to find a developmental prospect at about this point. Banner could be just the guy they are looking for, in the fifth round.