Draft Capsule: TE Zach Ertz

Draft Capsule: TE Zach Ertz

April 3, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Jake Flannigan

Zach Ertz (TE), Stanford

6-5 | 239 lbs.

2012 Stats:

69 receptions, 898 yards, 6 TD


1st Rd.


Ertz has impressive hands, which has helped him make several catches others at the position could not. Smooth route runner who seems to always find a way to slip into open space. Has packed on more than enough pounds to his frame to become not only a high level receiving tight end, but also a solid blocker in most situations.


While Ertz has the ability to catch almost any ball thrown in his direction, he still tends to lack consistency from game to game and can have a bad drop every so often. Ertz didn’t really have the ability to shine as a complete tight end until his last season at Stanford because of others ahead of him on the depth chart.

Fit for the Bears:

Ertz would have probably been someone the Bears targeted heading into the draft prior to the offseason addition of Martellus Bennett. Now it seems the team is set at the tight end position, but Ertz has a unique ability to get open and score, which are two things new head coach Marc Trestman can appreciate.