We’re doing something a little different with our draft grades this year at WCG. Reason being, neither I nor our Senior Draft Analyst EJ Snyder thinks that giving a player an arbitrary letter grade before he’s stepped onto the field is a fair way to gauge a prospects potential.
Grades are still a wildly popular way to look at draft prospects, so we’ll still be asking you guys to give us your grade for each pick. So with that being said give us your grade for the Chicago Bears selection of Cole Kmet with their first second round pick.
How would you grade the Bears selection of Cole Kmet with the 43rd pick?
This poll is closed
But as for our official WCG grade for each selection the Chicago Bears make in the 2020 NFL Draft, EJ wanted to have a more detailed way to measure the potential he sees in each prospect, so his methodology is as follows.
He’ll be giving out points in these three categories on a 1-10 scale.
- Player Skills: How much pure talent/skill/production do they have?
- Scheme Fit/Potential: What might they do based on where they landed?
- Draft Value: Were they a value draft-wise where they were picked? Could the team have waited and done OK?
EJ’s Grades for Cole Kmet
- Player Skills = 6: He’s a good receiver. Not an athletic match-up threat but solid in that category. Good hands across the middle. He’s okay as a blocker, gives good effort, but needs to dial in his technique to have greater effectiveness.
- Scheme Fit/Potential = 4: As a more inline “Y” TE, it’s simply not a high-value spot in Nagy’s offense. Even if he becomes a high-level Y-TE, the impact overall on the Bears will be limited.
- Draft Value = 1: The board was aligned almost perfectly for the Bears in terms of team needs. Receiver, safety, and corner all had serious impact potential players available. Nobody had picked a tight end yet, at all. Players that would have helped the Bears (Antoine Winfield Jr., Grant Delpit, KJ Hamler) went off the board immediately after the Bears pick. I just can’t get over the fact they let good value slide AND didn’t trade back. Either would have been preferable options.
Fore more on Kmet check out Robert Schmitz’s Bear With Me podcast featuring both of our draft gurus, Jacob Infante and EJ Snyder.