The Bears are sitting pretty well at tight end, but with their last pick of the draft, they fill out that room with Noah Gray out of Duke. The 6-foot-3 former team captain comes to the Bears as a guy who will make a name for himself mostly on special teams or as a blocker.
Gray doesn’t possess any tremendous athletic ability in terms of speed or general athleticism, but he will function best as someone who does the little things. He is a solid blocker, although he could afford to put on a little more muscle. He also has pretty strong hands and doesn’t drop a lot of passes.
The senior tight end does an excellent job with route-running when he’s asked to contribute in the passing game. Despite not having elite speed or agility, Gray’s technique and finesse when running routes is admirable.
As a sixth-round pick, the Bears won’t expect much out of Gray initially. Therefore, if he comes in as solely a special teams guy and someone who can help near the goal line, then so be it. Right now, this is just looking like a pick to round out the tight end room and provide some youth going forward..