5. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
The Bears just gave Cole Kmet a huge extension this year, so on one hand, it doesn't make a lot of sense to draft another tight end so high. But, hear me out for a moment.
First of all, the Buffalo Bills just did this, drafting Dalton Kincaid while having Dawson Knox locked down for multiple years on a high-paying deal. Their reasoning was that they needed another weapon, and Kincaid was essentially a wide receiver in a tight end's body. Running more 12 personnel is something they wanted to do, too, so the pick had reasonable cause.
Bowers is 6-foot-4 and has the traits of an athletic wide receiver with top-end speed (he projects to run a 4.49). There is something to be said about making the defense game-plan differently and having to adjust to what you're doing, rather than running their typical scheme.
Lining up in more 12 personnel with Bowers and Kmet would force a defensive coordinator to make a decision. Do they play more of a nickel scheme? Do they try and cover Bowers and Kmet with linebackers, or corners, or one of each? What do they do? How do they stop two big-bodied targets, one with elite speed and athleticism, especially after the catch?
Let's say the Bears could trot out D.J. Moore, Marvin Harrison Jr., Brock Bowers and Cole Kmet in an ofensive set. How are we feeling, Bears fans?