Chicago Bears Draft: Early grades for second-round picks

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Chicago Bears, Cole Kmet
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Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 43. player. Tight End. Notre Dame. ColeKmet. 819

Cole Kmet is the best tight end prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft class. The problem is this draft class is somewhat weak at the tight end position. When I view Kmet, he is definitely more of a “Y” tight end. This is good for him though because it allows him to be on the field at the same time as the Jimmy Graham who will slot in as the “U” or “move” tight end.

Kmet was a serviceable blocker in the NFL, but the Chicago Bears cannot leave him on an island when it comes to blocking. New offensive line coach Juan Castillo will need to be creative when running his zone schemes and make sure if Kmet is on his own he is blocking an incoming safety or corner and not a top defensive end or outside linebacker.

Kmet is a solid receiver though too. This is why I see him filling a significant need. Do not worry, he is not going to be the next Adam Shaheen even though they were drafted in the same round. Shaheen saw inferior talent while in college compared to what Kmet saw playing in the ACC.

Kmet is a big target for either Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky. He should be a solid red zone threat too. Kmet stands in at 6’5″ and weighs 250lbs. What I like most about Kmet’s receiving skills are his hands. He does a good job securing the football with his hands.

Kmet does not have breakaway speed, but he is not slow either. He knows how to work the zones and find open spots in the defense. Hopefully, this will carry over into the NFL too. Without looking at the spot Kmet was picked, I like him for Matt Nagy’s offense. He is a great compliment to Jimmy Graham and should slide in as the second tight end in the offense.

Grade: B-