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Bears beef up back end on day three; add Hoyer

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Indiana RB Jordan Howard, the Bears fifth-round choice.

Indiana RB Jordan Howard, the Bears fifth-round choice.

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The Chicago Bears fortified their defensive back seven on Saturday’s third and final day of the NFL Draft, selecting a linebacker and three defensive backs. Overall, the Bears picked six defenders among their nine choices in an obvious attempt to shore up an attack unit that needed an upgrade in talent and speed.

Sandwiched between the defensive picks were running back Jordan Howard from Indiana, a fifth-round selection and wide receiver Daniel Braverman of Western Michigan in the seventh-round. They complimented second-rounder Cody Whitehair, an experienced, versatile, and fundamentally-sound guard out of Kansas State.

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Bears target trenches on day two

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The Chicago Bears bolstered their offensive and defensive lines on day two of the NFL draft, selecting Guard Cody Whitehair of Kansas State and Florida Defensive End Jonathan Bullard. The picks came after the Bears traded down twice in round two to stockpile picks, including a 2017 fourth-rounder.

Whitehair, 6-4, 301, was a first-team All-Big 12 choice at tackle and a four-year starter for the Wildcats. He lined up at right tackle, guard, and left tackle in his career at Manhattan, starting 41 consecutive games. A tenacious blocker with sound fundamentals and light feet, Whitehair shone during Senior Bowl week where he displayed the agility and toughness scouts crave. READ MORE

Bears gamble with trade up for Floyd

Bears first-rounder, Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Bears first-rounder, Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Aggressively targeting a pass rusher to bolster their sack production, the Chicago Bears moved into the top ten to select redshirt junior OLB Leonard Floyd of Georgia. The Bears moved from their original 11th draft spot to the ninth overall selection by flipping positions with Tampa Bay and giving the Bucs a fourth-round pick (106th overall). Floyd will battle for playing time in a rotation that also features veterans Willie Young, Lamarr Houston, and Pernell McPhee.

By drafting Floyd, the Bears are focusing on his upside and development. At 6-5, 244, Floyd resembles a basketball forward with his long and angular frame. READ MORE