The Chicago Bears assertively drafted Cole Kmet with their first selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Some may hate on the pick, but he’s ready.
When the name Cole Kmet was announced by commissioner Roger Goodell as the 43rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, my guess is, there were plenty of broad and opposing opinions about the selection. In fact, I know it to be true — just go check social media for the proof. Chicago Bears fans can be an interesting bunch.
Drafting Kmet was definitely a polarizing move for the Bears, but quite honestly, what notable moves by this team aren’t polarizing? Let’s be honest, here. There have been plenty of notable, big-time moves by general manager Ryan Pace (and those who have gone before him) within the Bears organization.
Has everyone always loved them at first? Absolutely not. Have those moves all been hated from the get-go? Of course not. This one will take some time, but the reality is, Pace went after one of the most embarrassingly bad positions for his team in 2019 with this pick. He wanted there to be zero questions asked about this group going forward, and that started with the Jimmy Graham signing, and continued with Kmet’s coming to Chicago.
While a lot of us have a natural tendency to immediately jump to the negative (myself included) I want to take a little time and focus on the positive with this pick. While Kmet surely has a few things he can work on, like overall blocking skills and technique, he also brings a whole lot to the table.
Is he as good as Noah Fant or T.J. Hockenson were coming out of college a year ago? Not quite. But, could he have a bigger impact than those two did in their rookie years and going forward? It’s possible, because Kmet’s skillset is unique.
The fact of the matter is, Kmet was the most NFL-ready guy in his class. Let’s look at why he can come in and make an impact immediately.