Chicago Bears: Big Ten prospects to watch during 2020 season

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2. TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

Jimmy Graham may be defying fathertime but the Bears know that he won’t be young forever and that the future of the tight end position is 2020 rookie second-rounder, Cole Kmet. However, the 2021 NFL Draft is also expected to be the deepest tight end class in recent memory. That’s why the Bears should consider Pat Freiermuth.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end is being viewed as many by the top tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft. While some would argue against picking a tight end so high, especially with many other needs the Bears have, pairing Freiermuth with Kmet would be Nagy’s dream.

There’s a lot to like about Freiermuth’s ability to fit into the Bears offense. He’s got stellar route running, strong hands, and will fight through traffic. Over the last two years while at Penn State, Freiermuth has 69 receptions, 875 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns, averaging 12.7 yards per reception.

As of right now, Freiermuth’s draft projection is likely a mid-to-late first-round pick. However, a very solid predraft process during the Spring of 2021 would mean he’s able to increase his draft stock.

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Overall, Freiermuth is a modern NFL tight end who would fit what the Bears want to do on offense very well. Pairing him up with Kmet could give the Bears a lethal duo at the tight end position that would give defensive coordinators nightmares.