Chicago Bears: 5 Players who will break out in 2021

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Chicago Bears, Cole Kmet
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Chicago Bears Breakout Candidate: Cole Kmet, Tight End

Now the third 2020 NFL draft pick featured in this article, Cole Kmet has the chance to cement himself as a great all-around tight end in the NFL. Kmet didn’t see the field consistently as they had veteran Jimmy Graham. Even though they have Graham this season too, Kmet may see his snaps continue to rise.

Kmet displayed underrated athleticism while at Notre Dame playing both baseball and football and playing well at Notre Dame as a tight end. He showed reliable hands and a fight to always get extra yards while additionally constantly showing his blocking ability as well. This led to the Bears selecting him 43rd overall in the draft last season. Kmet finished the season with 28 receptions for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Now, the second-year tight end should see more time as he can do it all and now has a full season under his belt. It is rare that a tight end contributes in his first season, so getting the experience he got last season was valuable. Studying under a multiple-time Pro Bowler in Graham helps as well. Like Mooney, Kmet will benefit from improved quarterback play.