2021 Chicago Bears roster rank No. 15: Cole Kmet

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We know that training camp is right around the corner because we have gotten all the way from number 90 down to number 15 in our ranking of the most valuable Chicago Bears players. This is a season preview that looks at each player’s value heading into the 2021 season and how important it is for them to have a good season. What will their impact leave on the Bears’ final record?

No. 15 Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet

Last Year: 26

Last season Cole Kmet was number 26 as a rookie, which is typically where you see your fringe starters. That is exactly what Kmet and compared to most rookie tight ends it is fair to say that Kmet was about in line with expectations.

Now, in year two we see him shoot up to number 15 which shows that the Bears do have more faith that he will take a step forward in 2021. Most tight ends see some sort of rising from year one to two, so how high Kmet can leap will be telling.

The biggest note for Kmet will actually be his blocking, and not pass catching. He needs to become a complete tight end to open things over the middle for Jimmy Graham. Beyond that, blocking prowess will open up yards after the catch chances for Kmet, which is where he can thrive.

It is the tactical value of Kmet being a well-rounded tight end with a complete skill set that makes him more valuable than most. If they can see that out of him there is a lot more than Matt Nagy can do with his offense that has not been seen because the personnel could not make it happen.

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Check out our ranking of players 90-16

90. Brian Johnson

89. Rojesterman Farris

88. Khalil McClain

87. Caleb Johnson

86. Sam Kamara

85. Daniel Arcibong

84. Scooter Harrington

83. Chris Lacy

82. Dionte Ruffin

81. Rodney Adams

80. Tyrone Wheatley

79. Thomas Ives

78. CJ Marable

77. Jester Weah

76. Jake Butt

75. Teez Tabor

74. LeCale London

73. Daureuan Parker

72. Michael Joseph

71. LeDarius Mack

70. Adam Redmond

69. Tre Roberson

68. Xavier Crawford

67. Badara Traore

66. Artavis Pierce

65. Ryan Nall

64. Riley Ridley

63. Patrick Scales

62. Joel Iyiegbuniwe

61. Charles Snowden

60. Dieter Eiselen

59. Artie Burns

58. Lachavious Simmons

57. Jesper Horsted

56. Arlington Hambright

55. Dazz Newsome

54. Marqui Christian

53. Josh Woods

52. Jordan Lucas

51. James Vaughters

50. DeAndre Houston-Carson

49. Austin Calitro

48. Khiyris Tonga

47. Javon Wims

46. Nick Foles

45. Thomas Graham

44. Mike Pennel

43. Trevis Gipson

42. Pat O’Donnell

41. J.P. Holtz

40. Khalil Herbert

39. Larry Borom

38. Deon Bush

37. Cairo Santos

36. Angelo Blackson

35. Elijah Wilkinson

34. Damien Williams

33. Damiere Byrd

32. Marquise Goodwin

31. Alex Bars

30. Jimmy Graham

29. Tarik Cohen

28. Anthony Miller

27. Christian Jones

26. Duke Shelley

25. Kindle Vildor

24. Desmond Trufant

23. Mario Edwards

22. Jeremiah Attaochu

21. Robert Quinn

20. Germain Ifedi

19. Eddie Goldman

18. Sam Mustipher

17. Teven Jenkins

16. Danny Trevathan