Chicago Bears 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup

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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and that means it’s time for us to fully turn our attention to the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football. While COVID-19 means we can’t guarantee an NFL season, our league mates want us to be on our heels, unprepared for the season. Never you fear, Football Absurdity is here to cover all of the 78 fantasy football eligible players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Keep in mind, most of these guys won’t get selected in your draft, but you’ll want to know these 2020 NFL draftees when your fantasy football draft comes around. We’ve already made our way through the NFC West, and the NFC East is in our rearview mirrors. Let’s turn our attention to the NFC North, and the Chicago Bears.

The Bears did not take the big step forward they’d hoped for in 2020. Mitch Trubisky didn’t take the step forward we wanted, David Montgomery didn’t have the breakout rookie campaign many wanted, and they ended up 8-8, with a lot of head-scratchers. The Bears moved a lot of draft capital to get Khalil Mack, so they started in the second round this year. They took two fantasy football eligible players, should we worry about them for our 2020 fantasy football leagues?

Rd Pick Team Player Pos School
2 11 CHI Cole Kmet TE Notre Dame
2 18 CHI Jaylon Johnson CB Utah
5 9 CHI Trevis Gipson OLB Tulsa
5 17 CHI Kindle Vildor CB Georgia Southern
5 27 CHI Darnell Mooney WR Tulane
7 12 CHI Arlington Hambright OT Colorado
7 13 CHI Lachavious Simmons OG Tennessee St


Round 2, Pick 11: Cole Kmet, Tight End, Notre Dame (6’6″ 262 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.7s (u) 37.0 in 123.0 in 7.44s 4..41s

Courtesy:, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
TE1         Jimmy Graham
TE2         Cole Kmet
TE3         Demetrius Harris
TE4         Ben Braunecker
TE5         Adam Shaheen
TE6         JP Holtz
TE7         Jesper Horsted
TE8         Eric Saubert
TE9         Darion Clark
TE10       Dax Raymond

Cole Kmet is one of the best tight ends in the class, but in the 2020 class, that doesn’t say much. There’s not top-tier tight end in this class (think Noah Fant/T.J. Hockenson last year), but Kmet comes the closest. He has an incredible talent when it comes to getting the football into his hands, and his opponents have trouble tackling him. The best word to describe Kmet is that he’s “smooth.” He doesn’t jump off the page with athleticism, but his power and contact balance make things look extremely easy for him. His blocking is atrocious, but that doesn’t mean anything for fantasy football purposes. He’s a quality tight end who should be a fantasy football factor for years to come.


The Chicago Bears don’t exactly have the most robust offense. Mitch Trubisky and/or Nick Foles won’t be able to adequately support multiple weapons. If they support one tight end this season (big if), it will likely be Jimmy Graham. If Graham goes down, Kmet jumps to the top of the depth chart, but still don’t expect a ton out of him. Rookie tight ends hardly ever perform, and the guy at the top of an iffy class probably isn’t the one who will break that trend.


Do not draft rookie tight ends. Ever. Ever ever. Their track record of production is not on your side. Over the last five seasons, the #12 tight end averaged 111 fantasy points in half-PPR. In the last two decades, only eight tight ends have even touched the 100 fantasy point threshold.

Round 5, Pick 28: Darnell Mooney, Wide Receiver, Tulane (5’10” 176 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.38s (u) 9 reps 37.0 in 124.0 in

Courtesy:, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
WR1       Allen Robinson
WR2       Anthony Miller
WR3       Riley Ridley
WR4       Cordarrelle Patterson
WR5       Darnell Mooney

The Chicago Bears needed to replace Taylor Gabriel, who they let go into free agency. They did that with Darnell Mooney. He’s a fast, speedy, shifty receiver who tracks almost perfectly onto the Taylor Gabriel role in the offense. He’ll likely serve this role well for the Chicago Bears, but he doesn’t offer anything on tape that Gabriel didn’t. He should be open a lot more than he was for a guy who ran a 4.38s 40-yard dash at the combine. Mooney does have nice late hands and exceptional leaping ability and body control when adjusting to bad throws (should be useful when playing with Mitch Trubisky). For fantasy football, however, I don’t see a lot that leads me to believe he will be an exceptional talent off the bat.


The Bears don’t feature a vertical attack, and when they do, it mostly goes to Allen Robinson. Taylor Gabriel received just over five targets per game in his two seasons in Chicago, and that’s a good bet for a reasonable ceiling for Mooney (80 targets). But, you never go broke taking the under on a rookie wide receiver’s projected targets. He’ll have a couple of bigger target games as the Bears work back from deficits, but I mostly expect Mooney to fill in around the edges of the offense and offer limited fantasy football upside.


Remember the few weeks we talked ourselves into Taylor Gabriel over the last couple of years? It will be like that, but with a lower ceiling and more disappointment.

For more 2020 NFL Draft coverage, check out these:

Fantasy Football Fallout: 2020 NFL Draft Round One
Football Absurdity Podcast: First Round Recap


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