Chicago Bears 2023 NFL Draft: Ryan Poles proves rumors to be true in full mock draft
Chicago Bears Pick No. 136: Zack Kuntz, TE - Old Dominion
Do not let the photograph fool you. Zack Kuntz started his collegiate career with Penn State. However, in 2021, he transferred to Old Dominion. Kuntz had his best year that season as he caught 73 balls for 692 yards and five touchdowns. Prior to that, he barely saw the field for Penn State. Last year, Kuntz saw his production dip drastically. He only caught 12 balls for 144 yards and two touchdowns. It should be noted he also only played in five games.
Kuntz is 6'7" and 245 pounds. He's more of a developmental tight end but that's perfect since the Chicago Bears already have Cole Kmet and added Robert Tonyan this offseason. I could see Kuntz learning behind those two and taking over for Tonyan next year since Tonyan only signed a one-year deal.
When watching film on Zack Kuntz, he stands out more as a receiving threat than an every-down option. He has 4.55 speed which is not bad for a man his size. His ability to haul in the pass with his hands is fantastic and he has no trouble coming down with the ball in tough situations. If I'm being honest, he looks like a poor-man version of Cole Kmet who cannot block as well. He sits down well in open spaces and will not shy away from contact. He'd look good as the TE3 in this offense.