The Bears went local for their first pick of the 2020 NFL draft, selecting Notre Dame tight end and St. Viator alum Cole Kmet with the No. 43 overall pick.
The 6-foot-6, 262-pound Kmet is a sizable tight end prospect who finished the 2019 season with 43 catches, 515 yards and 6 touchdowns. While the value at which the Bears selected him was admittedly questionable, he projects as a good complement for Jimmy Graham—serving as a ‘Y’ tight end as opposed to Graham being a ‘U’—and can develop into a solid starter down the line.
To give you all a quick breakdown on what to expect from Kmet, I posted a thread of videos on Twitter that showcase a bit of what he brings to the table:
THREAD: Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet is the pick for the #Bears at No. 43. Here’s what he brings to the table:— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Kmet is a fluid athlete who has very good body control for a 6-6, 262-pound tight end. He adjusts to the ball well in the air and can box out smaller defensive backs efficiently. pic.twitter.com/Tof6D2IjM6— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Kmet is a tough player with strong hands and good contact balance after the catch. He’s going to be tough for NFL defenders to bring down. pic.twitter.com/3ApT9pnxx8— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
He’s a solid athlete who can stretch the field fairly well, and he is versatile enough to play as an in-line tight end or lined up in the slot. He also brings some solid effort as a blocker, though his technique can improve a bit. pic.twitter.com/9UeZEEl74e— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Kmet’s upside isn’t super high, and he might not make a massive impact right away with Jimmy Graham also at tight end. However, Kmet should be a solid starter for the #Bears going forward. pic.twitter.com/7nFSklmVUP— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
What do you guys think of the selection of Kmet at No. 43? Make sure to sound off in the comments, or in the reply section of my Twitter thread.
Fore more on Kmet check out Robert Schmitz’s Bear With Me podcast featuring both of our draft gurus, Jacob Infante and EJ Snyder.