Chicago Bears: Bold predictions for the 2019 NFL Draft

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4. The Bears will select a kicker in the seventh-round

The Bears have been aggressive when it comes to bringing in kickers this offseason. The team has added Elliott Fry, Redford Jones, and Chris Blewitt. However, the team shouldn’t stop there. Going into training camp with three unproven kickers doesn’t seem like a recipe for success.

Typically, in the NFL Draft, kickers are almost always selected in the seventh round or end up in the undrafted free agent pool. This allows for teams to end up potentially finding any hidden gems that may exist.

Because kicker is one position on the Bears with multiple unknowns, it’s critical that the Bears add someone in the draft. One name that seems like a perfect fit for the roster would be Utah’s Matt Gay.

Despite not being invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl in January, Gay features two main attributes that make him worth adding. First, he has experience playing in cold weather games, so he knows what it takes to make field goals in later parts of the season. And second, Gay features a big leg and was successful on nearly 70 percent of kicks that were of 50 or more yards.

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Kicker is one position that the Bears have not brought in any big names yet. While most think it’s unwise to spend a seventh-round pick on a kicker, the Bears need to keep all options open, even news leaking that Robbie Gould has requested a trade from the 49ers.