Once considered the top tight end talent in this class, Charlie Kolar has watched his draft stock plummet after inconsistent tape. However, the talent is still there. Cole Kmet has shown flashes in Chicago, but depth is still a need here for the Bears. It usually takes about three years for tight ends to blossom, so Kmet should be better this coming season, but adding Kolar to the mix could be huge.
Oddly enough, one common comparison for Kolar is in fact Kmet. Kolar is strong in the passing game. He rarely drops passes, no matter the degree of coverage or tackling, and knows how to work back to throws. What is hurting his stock is his run blocking. It needs improvement.
Nevertheless, the talent is there otherwise. He put up stats that garnered multiple Third Team All-American awards and First Team All-Big 12 recognition while also being a finalist for the Mackey award twice. He’s also exhibited a high IQ, winning the William V. Campbell trophy, which is essentially the academic Heisman.
For a late round pick, Kolar has a lot of upside. If he can grow into a clone of Kmet, that would bode well for this Chicago offense.