It's no question after last season's tight end debacle that the Bears will look to upgrade that position somehow this offseason. Whether that means moving E-Rod to TE, looking for one in FA, or grabbing one in the draft; the Bears will have to get better production out of their TE position somehow.
There are multiple way the Bears could go. Signing Martellus Bennet, or Anthony Fasano would be a quick fix, but not a long term one. Drafting Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz in the first round could be a good choice, however that could be a bit of a reach. So what should the Bears do? Well, if they are looking to upgrade through the draft, but not reach in the first round, maybe they should try looking at Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce in the second, or third round.
Kelce had a stellar year this year going for over 700 yards and 8 touchdowns. He showed bursts of athleticism and strength in the blocking game as well. He's got 4.6 speed, and knows how to use it on the field. Kelce is NOT Rob Gronkowski and should not be compared to him, or Jimmy Graham. However, Kelce does have the athletic ability to play an Aaron Hernandez type of role and line up in the backfield, or out wide.
Kelce is a strong guy who will "go up and get it". He's got the acceleration to beat defenders at the line, but the agility to cut his route off quickly if needed. Not as strong of a blocker as the top two tight ends in the draft, but still his blocking shouldn't be considered a weakness. Kelce isn't going to be a pro-bowler day 1, but what rookie can be expected to be that? I believe he compares favorably to the other pass catching TEs in the NFL, with long arms, great height and the speed to make a difference.