Tight End Cole Kmet was almost drafted by Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox have a special connection to the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

The Chicago White Sox actually almost drafted a player that is expected to be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Cole Kmet, a tight end from Notre Dame, almost started his career in 2017, as a baseball player with the Chicago White Sox.

As detailed by Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago, the organization almost selected the pitcher, who was attending St. Viator High School at the time, in the fifth round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

According to the Kmet, the reasons he declined the offer to start his baseball career is that “a dream of [his] was to play college football at Notre Dame” and that he “wasn’t ready to give up on” being a two-sport athlete.

While the idea of him becoming the next Bo Jackson in the South Side certainly is appealing, it appears that Kmet’s decision to commit himself to football over the long haul has paid off.

However, Kmet could still end up calling Chicago his home, though, as Josh Edwards of CBS Sports predicts that he will be drafted by in the second round (43rd overall) by the Chicago Bears, who recently cut their former starting tight end, Trey Burton.

It certainly would be a cool story if Kmet ended up playing in Chicago after all, even if it isn’t for the Chicago White Sox.

Maybe if that happens, the organization will do something similar to what the New York Yankees do with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, bringing him to spring training in recent years as detailed by Anthony Rieber of Newsday.

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Whether he ends up in Chicago or not, congratulations to Kmet for getting to this point and we wish him the best of luck in his NFL career.