Based on the current depth chart, there could be playing time available for the second-rounder.
QB: Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles
RB: Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery
WR 1: Allen Robinson
WR 2: Anthony Miller
WR 3: Cordarrelle Patterson, Javon Wims
TE: Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet, Adam Shaheen
LT: Charles Leno Jr., Jason Spriggs
LG: James Daniels, Corey Levin
C: Cody Whitehair, Sam Mustipher
RG: Rashaad Coward, Germain Ifedi
RT: Bobby Massie, Alex Bars
Kmet is coming off a breakout junior season at Notre Dame where he totaled 43 catches for 515 receiving yards and six touchdowns in just 10 games. He ranked second on the team in each category behind only wideout Chase Claypool.
This production came after catching just 17 passes in his first two years combined.
At 6'6" and 262 pounds, Kmet has excellent size for the position and showcased impressive athleticism at the NFL combine. He was in the top five at his position in the 40-yard dash (4.7 seconds) and broad jump (10'3") while leading all tight ends with a 37-inch vertical jump.
While he is still relatively raw in his development, the 21-year-old has a lot of upside.
"It's my ability to stretch the field, get open and win one-on-one matchups," Kmet said in March, per Chris Emma of 670 The Score. "What I really have to work on is my blocking technique, my hands, all that type of stuff. That's something I'm still trying to improve on today.
If he can improve as a blocker, he should have a role early in his rookie season.
The Bears arguably needed depth at tight end even after signing Jimmy Graham to a two-year deal, and Kmet could see playing time right out of the gate in two-TE sets as he provides the team with another option in the passing attack.
Considering his limited reps at the college level, however, expectations should be tempered for 2020, and it might be some time before he is a full-time starter in the NFL.