For those of us kind of tight-end-adverse in the first round, here's a mid-round option that may be available when the Bears get to pick, and that's Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce.
Kelce has really only had one solid year of NCAA action, including being suspended for an entire season in 2010 for an undisclosed violation of team rules, but made the most of it in 2012 as he picked up 40 catches for 599 yards and seven touchdowns. He's drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski. Seriously.
He's a big target at 6'6" and 260 pounds, and in addition to being a good receiver with decent speed and a big catching radius, he's also a strong blocker in space and very technically sound.
Currently, CBS has him ranked as the 103rd overall prospect and the fourth tight end, projected to go in the third round. WalterFootball has him mocked to the Bears in the fourth round, with pick 114.
For a player of Kelce's limited production, missing an entire season, yet with a pretty darn good skillset, would you take a chance on him in the fourth round? Do you think the Bears would need to trade into the third to grab him?