Having the 19th pick out of 32 is just not fun. Smack in the middle of the round, we'll miss out on some top talents, but are not quite low enough to take a "fringe" player. Most mock drafts I've seen have the Bears taking a receiver or o-lineman at no. 19. What if we could get the best of both worlds?
19 may be a bit high for a TE, but as we've seen over the past few years, tight-ends have become key components of passing attacks. And being able to block in the run game just increases the players value.
From what I've seen, read, and heard, Coby Fleener is a pretty complete player at the tight-end position. He's got good speed, great hands, toughness and willingness to block and make the in-traffic catches. If that isn't enough, we could split him out wide if, say we're in the red zone. Can you imagine having the 6'7" Davis, 6'6" Fleener, and 6'4" Marshall inside the 20?
I know that the coaches are high in Kellen Davis, and his 2-year "prove your worth" contract may end up being a huge deal down the road. Drafting Fleener would not be insulting Davis, rather, it would bring out the best from both players. And we'll probably have a chance to see some 2-TE sets, with one or both blocking/chipping (and not 1-on-1 against DE's).
I suppose the main issue is our draft position: are we high enough that grabbing him can be classified as a "reach?" I'd say no, if only because of the versatility and pro-ready-ness that he'd bring to the offence. Someone's going to draft this kid and add a great player to their football team.
Would you complain if that someone ends up being the Bears?
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