The Chicago Bears already have a young tight end to groom
Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears used their first of two second-round picks to select Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame. Although the tight class was not great, Kmet looks to have the potential to become the real deal. He was clearly the best overall prospect in the draft and has the ability to play both the “Y” and “U” position.
This year, Kmet will likely start playing as the “Y” and then could see his role expanded as the team shifts away from Graham and focuses on the use of Kmet. Rookie tight ends hardly make a big impact their rookie years, but Kmet should find himself in a complimentary role behind Demetrius Harris this year.
Clearly the Browns were not comfortable with Njoku’s performance over his first three seasons. They picked up his fifth-year option though and maybe the new coaching staff wants to run more two-tight end sets now that they added Austin Hooper to the fold.
The 29th overall pick from 2017 suffered a bad wrist injury that derailed his 2019 season. Is the team worried about the wrist moving forward? It was a somewhat freak injury and should not be a future problem, but something is going on in the Cleveland organization for Njoku to now demand a trade.
Call me naieve, but I prefer the idea of the Bears grooming Kmet for the future. While watching his film from Notre Dame, he flashes similarities to Travis Kelce. The two are very similar in size and although Kmet was slightly slower in his 40-yard dash, he shows enough speed to separate and find holes in coverages on the field.
I am excited to see this kid develop and adding a guy like Njoku to the overcrowded mix will just slow that development down, or at least limit Kmet’s opportunities.