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All across the NFL the tight end has taken over as the newest fad among offenses. Players like Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez became all the rage last season, and rightfully so.
Tight ends have become bigger, faster and stronger and pose a matchup nightmare for defenses. If you put a speedy safety on him, they often are overmatched by the tight end's strength, and if you put a strong linebacker on him, his speed will blow him away.
After shipping off Greg Olsen last offseason the Bears and Lovie Smith, according to ESPNChicago.com, seemed more and more content with Kellen Davis' abilities:
"I think if you want to feature Kellen Davis, you can do that," Smith said Thursday. "Great size, great in-line blocker, skilled enough of an athlete to be able to move outside and do some things. I really like him."
Despite Smith's belief that Davis can become a featured tight end, the Bears went out and drafted Temple's Tight End/H-Back Evan Rodriguez.
Rodriguez offers an interesting blend of speed and pass-catching ability, much like New England's Aaron Hernandez. Rodriguez is not a particularly good blocker, but despite Smith's praise of Davis' blocking ability, he still isn't one of the better blocking tight ends in the league.
If the Bears can help Rodriguez realize his potential as an offense's mismatch dream as well as develop his blocking, he has a strong shot at pushing Davis from the starting tight end role.