Chicago Bears 2019 NFL Draft Primer: Everything you need to know

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17. Jace Sternberger, Tight End, Texas A&M

Despite having Adam Shaheen and Trey Burton on the roster, the Bears could use another solid player at the right end position. One name that the Bears have met with this offseason is Texas A&M’s, Jace Sternberger.

One of the most noticeable aspects of Sternberger’s game is his versatility. In Matt Nagy’s offense, the tight end needs to be able to play on the line of scrimmage but also operate from the slot. The reality is that in Nagy’s offense, tight ends are all over the field Sternberger is an ideal fit for the offense.

Another big thing to love about Sternberger’s game is his competitive spirit. Considering he was out of football in 2017 for unknown reasons, he made the most of every opportunity in 2018 under Jimbo Fisher in 2018.

One thing to note about Sternberger is that he has just one full season in college under his belt. In 2018, he had 48 receptions for 832 yards, averaging 17.3 yards per reception. While this lack of production isn’t the biggest concern, it’s fair to wonder if he’s reached his ceiling or is still getting better.

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As of right now, it’s hard to see where Sternberger is going to be selected. One one hand, he could be the third or fourth tight end off the board and be drafted in the second round or he could end up slipping to day three and be drafted in the fourth or fifth round.