In 2011, the NFL was dominated by the impressive play of young athletic tight ends. Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Pettigrew were just some of the young tight ends that took the NFL by storm.
In a league that prides itself on having incredible athletes, tight ends have quickly become the epitome of that. Being tall, fast and strong are the qualities that these tight ends all share. They have the length and size of a defensive end and the speed of a wide receiver.
This year's draft looks to only have one sure thing in terms of tight end, Stanford's Coby Fleener. After Fleener, there is a bevy of young talented tight ends, who, when given the opportunity, can flourish into one of the league's best tight ends.
With the Bears re-signing Kellen Davis, and Lovie Smith's unyielding praise for him, Davis will likely keep the Bears from exploring the possibility of going after Fleener in the first round, but do not be surprised if they look to address the position later in the draft.
Here is my list of four possible mid-round tight end prospects for the Bears in next week's draft.