The Bears go on the clock in the NFL Draft a week from today. Let’s go!
- Bears GM Ryan Pace doesn’t have picks to work with in the first two rounds. But the consensus is that the team will pick a running back when it goes on the clock with pick No. 87 in Round 3. Add R.J. White (CBS Sports) to the list of pundits who sees the Bears going with a running back, sending Penn State’s Miles Sanders to Chicago.
- The Sanders pick would be applauded by Bears fans because the dynamic back showed he can shine when given an opportunity. Because after sitting behind 2018 first-round pick Saquon Barkley, Sanders made the most of his opportunity and proved to be a versatile back who racked up 1,649 rushing yards and 12 ground scores, while also adding 32 catches, 193 yards, and a reception touchdown. He even has experience as a kick returner (38 returns, 764 yards in his last two seasons). It’s numbers like that which make me believe there is a chance Sanders might not be there when the Bears go on the clock, but at least there are other rushers who are worthwhile who have our attention.
- Take Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary, for example:
When it came to crunch time this season, no running back was better from the Group of Five than Devin Singletary. He totaled 138 yards after contact, 16 missed tackles forced and five touchdowns in 4th-quarter play this season. pic.twitter.com/ulWYxDIpWt
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 9, 2019
- Something about “Singletary” starring in Chicago that feels so right…
- The guy certainly has a knack for making plays happen:
- Yep, Singletary seems to be the kind of running back prospect whose career could take off in Chicago.
- Michael Renner (Pro Football Focus) shares a group of underrated prospects, some of whom have already caught my eye. Among Renner’s best of the underrated draft-eligible prospects include Michigan cornerback David Long (who we discussed here) and Maryland safety Darnell Savage (who popped on our radar earlier). Should the Bears seek another speed receiver, Andy Isabella of UMass owns 4.31 speed, but is undersized at 5-foot-9. But since we know better than to determine a football player’s future based on his size, Isabella is an intriguing prospect who figures to be available at some point when the Bears are on the clock later in the draft.
- Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) offers up some of the best-kept secrets of the 2019 draft class. It’s a mix of that features one the most decorated players in college football history, a small-school quarterback who has been a thorn in my alma mater’s side, and a former water polo player. One of the intriguing receivers on Tanier’s list is Justin Sumpter of Kennesaw State. Kevin Fishbain (The Athletic) made note that the Bears met with Sumpter at his pro day, so keep that in mind as we approach draft weekend.
- Sumpter also has this catch on his résumé and it gives me feelings:
- Visits are in the books, but the Bears took some last-minute looks at some players who made it:
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 18, 2019
Buffalo DE Chuck Harris had a top 30 visit with the Bears today, per a source.
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 17, 2019
Appalachian State RB Jalin Moore visited the New Orleans Saints this week, according to a league source, Chicago Bears up next. More visits next week
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 12, 2019
— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) April 2, 2019
- Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling has a full boat of prospect rankings for each position. We’ll dive into those in short order and focus on the position groups the Bears probably need to fill most.
- Remember when Kentucky’s Lonnie Johnson was on our radar as a possible Bears fit at cornerback? His stock is going through the roof and Daniel Jeremiah has him mocked to go to Pittsburgh with the 20th pick. This is why you shouldn’t fall too hard for prospects because it doesn’t take much for someone to fall off your favorite team’s radar. You can check out the rest of Jeremiah’s mock draft here:
— NFL (@NFL) April 17, 2019