Chicago Bears Draft: Players worth trading up for

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Chicago Bears, Irv Smith
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Tight End Irv Smith, Alabama

One of the best parts of the 2018 Bears was the fact that Matt Nagy brought a fresh, new-age offensive scheme to Chicago. From Week 1, fans knew that these Bears were the polar opposite of any recent club.

Nagy and Pace went out and got Trey Burton as a free agent, because he fit exactly what the offense wanted to do with the tight end position. Burton is a pass catcher first, but also has the size and speed to line up as an H-back and be utilized in more diverse ways.

This is the exact kind of player Irv Smith is. The Alabama product has all of the same kinds of tools like Burton, and would be another welcomed weapon for Nagy’s offense.

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Not only is Smith a receiving threat who may end up being a mismatch for anyone at the second level, but he has also proved to be a solid blocker out of the back field. His versatility at the position is something today’s NFL covets, and you better believe Nagy would get the best out of him.

Last year, with the Tide, Smith caught 44 passes for 710 yards — a 16.1 yard average — and seven touchdowns. That receiving average look like that of a wideout, and should be an eye-popping number.

Smith is, for the majority of media outlets, the third-best tight end prospect in this draft. However, he and the guys out of Iowa are all going to have long NFL careers. If Smith is for the taking towards the middle of the second round, Pace should get on the phone.