Martellus Bennett is going to be the Y tight end and Evan Rodriguez will be the F.
Don't think they need to invest any sizable money in a third tight end.
Not when Cutler is likely to throw Marshall's way as many times as he will.
Any more investment in the offense should go to the interior line and finding a speedy receiver, likely via the draft.
Everybody keeps talking about a speedy receiver ( like Austin ) to blow the top off of the defense. If the Bears go for an offensive weapon in the first round, I still want Eifert. We know Cutler likes big targets. Look at two of the better offenses in the NFL, the Patriots ( Gronk/Hernandez ), and the 49ers ( Davis/Walker ). Don't get caught up with defining a receiver a TE or WR. With two competent TEs, one can line up inline and one can line up in the slot or out wide.
Eifert is going to be a day one starter and with growth could turn into a star. I can see the Bears running a base two TE set with both lining up inline. The defense has to wonder... Are they running? Are they passing? Both these guys can block and both of them can burn our LBs. That will draw a safety in the box. Then the Bears have tons of options... Marshall would go crazy vs the cover 1 ( he can blow the top off ) and Jeffery would get one on ones all day. If the defense goes two deep, work Bennett, Eifert, and Forte all day. Imagine what Forte could do in the running game with a seven man front that has actual run blockers. Imagine the motion possibilities. There is a TE revolution going on in the NFL right now. ERod would be involved as well.
The Bears are in the process of an overhaul at OL, TE, and LB. Good TEs can supplement or substitute for WRs. They can also chip to help the OL. The Bears were chipping with WRs to help the tackles out of four wide sets last year... The first round pick is still OL, TE, or LB.
I'd love to have two big tight ends that can catch the ball but using that first round pick to take a guy like that would be ignoring other needs (linebacker, interior o-line, receiving depth?) that I think are more important right now.
If we had a ton of picks I would say go for it. We don't.
To be honest, I see trading down and out of the first round to add picks as a sound strategy at the moment.
We need a friggin center.
(linebacker, interior o-line, receiving depth?)