Chicago Bears mock draft 5.0: Trade opens things up

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Jerell Adams (6-foot-5, 247 pounds), TE, South Carolina

I mocked Adams to the Chicago Bears before and I still like him there.

Jay Cutler needs to have big targets, especially in the red zone, where the offense was woeful last season.

Adams has a power forward’s body, and he knows how to use it. He uses long strides to get around quickly, and with his height and long arms, he gives the quarterback a large catch radius.

Even with an atrocious quarterback situation in South Carolina, Adams was able to play well (28 catches, 421 yards and three touchdowns).

Adams is also a good blocker. He can lock down on a defender and sustain the block, helping the rusher get through the hole.

The Chicago Bears offense is in need of tight end help. They re-signed Zach Miller, but traded away Martellus Bennett. While Miller had a good 2015 campaign, he has a history of injury so depending on just him to be your number one tight end is a risky endeavor.

With his good speed, Adams can challenge defenders down the seam. He could open things up for Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. He could also help the running backs coming out of the backfield by spreading out the defense and having them go deep, which helps the backs get open easier for dump-off passes.

Adams could be a good backup to Miller at the onset of his career, providing a good insurance if Miller goes down. Eventually, he will become a dependable starter himself.

Next: Round 4: More defensive backfield help