During one of the first – and not the last – make or break situation for the Bears, the team selected Cole Kmet with the 43rd pick in the 2020 draft. A move that made sense on the surface. The Bears had one of the least productive tight end groups in the NFL last year, ranking dead last in any category. So Matt Nagy and co. goes out and picks the unanimous number one tight end in the class.
What’s not to love?
Here’s the hook: The Bears, with their highest valued pick, essentially folded by taking a guy with a ceiling that is already in question due to him being a true-Y tight end. In the NFL, a true-Y tight end hasn’t put the league on notice since George Kittle first did it in 2017.
With that said, who could’ve the Bears selected with the 47th overall pick?
The Bears had the likes of Antione Winfield and Grant Delpit at arm’s length, with either one of them being able to be Eddie Jackson’s counterpart for the future. Both Winfield and Delpiit are both scheme fits in Paganos dynamic defense that often disguises the safeties and begs for a versatile safety to hide their coverages and differentiate the pre snap and post snap reads.
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