Chicago Bears Draft: Players worth trading up for

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Tight End Noah Fant, Iowa

Regardless of how high or low you are on Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen, the Bears will more than likely add to the tight end group in the draft. Now, I understand many mock drafts have both Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson as first-round prospects, but you must always remember: Around this time, you will find upwards of 50 to 60 players who are “first round locks.”

Every year, first round talent indeed drops to the second round. If Fant is one of those guys (or Hockenson for that matter), the Bears have to make the jump.

At the tight end position, there may not be a more polished  or athletic guy than Fant. He and Hockenson are, for the most part, the consensus no. 1 and no. 2 tight ends in this draft.

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Last year at Iowa, Fant scored seven touchdowns and ended the year with over 500 receiving yards while sharing the field with another top-tier talent. He is a former basketball player and it shows. The 6-foot-4 Hawkeye is a true receiving threat and an automatic mismatch on most linebackers.

Fant ran his 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds while putting on a show with a 39.5-inch vertical jump. He has every physical tool you want at the position, and he’s a smooth route runner. Really, the only knock on Fant is the fact he needs to add a bit more strength and become a better blocker. But, the Bears would be using him as a major weapon in the passing game.

Trust me when I say that Pace absolutely has to make this deal happen if Fant is not taken within the  first 32 picks.