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With the 43rd overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet, making him the first tight end selected.
In 2019, Kmet finished with 515 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns on 60 receptions. Against Georgia, Kmet was awarded with the Tight End of the Week.
Cole Kmet was a surprise declaration for the draft, as he had initially committed to return to Notre Dame in 2020. Although Kmet lacks the consistent production of other tight ends, he presents a significant size advantage over the middle of the field at 6-6. Kmet has solid hands with good coordination, but needs help with blocking. Kmet is a solid route runner, but after the catch, leaves something to be desired.
Best projecting as an inline tight end, his blocking needs help on the finer points. With the improvement on the blocking side, Kmet will likely develop into a consistent tight end.
Kmet compares similarly to a former Notre Dame tight end in Kyle Rudolph, who has played his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings.
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What the Analysts Says
Kmet will need to continue to improve upon his blocking and balance at the point of attack but has the frame and functional mobility/strength to be a plus blocker with more consistency on this front. Should be a starter in a traditional TE role with some time to develop. –Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
When you look at Kmet, he immediately wins getting off the bus. Very much looks the part of a NFL tight end. Standing in at 6’6″, Kmet is a big target who will be the best friend for any quarterback in the league. –Patrick Conn, DraftWire
The Chicago Bears struggled to find a game-changing tight end last season. Now, with Trey Burton off to the Indianapolis Colts, Cole Kmet slots in as the team’s starting wide receiver. Kmet will make in impact in the passing game, which is necessary for Mitchell Trubisky, who has struggled throughout his career.