Mocking the draft, Bears-style

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With the 2019 NFL Draft nearly here, adding my two cents with this fun, but worthless activity.

Round 3, #87 overall….Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M.  Sternberger fits the prototype of the “move TE” in that he’s slightly undersized and more of a receiver than an inline blocker. He displays advanced route running skills, dependable hands, and is smooth in/out of his breaks.  A&M’s MVP in 2018 after posting 48 receptions, 832 yards, and 10 touchdowns.  A top notch athlete, Sternberger boasts untapped potential for a team that can add bulk to his lean frame through its strength and conditioning program.

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Round 4, #126 overall…Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame. Williams persevered through adversity to enjoy a stellar 2018 senior season that vaulted him into draft consideration.  Displays a solid skill set of running, pass catching, and blitz pick up ability.  Williams shows good vision and a quick initial burst. Runs low to the ground and accelerates into the second level. Keeps his heads up and is effective following his blockers into trash before making his move. Some off-field concerns plagued his career in South Bend and may cause him to drop further than his talent warrants.

Round 5, #162 overall…Ka’Dar Hollman, CB, Toledo. Hollman is a tenacious corner who checks the boxes with fine size and speed ( 4.39-second 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical and 6.81 3-cone at his recent pro day workout).  Plays with an aggressive mentality, contesting everything his way.  Needs to refine and polish his techniques, as he can become grabby and rely too much on his physical skills. Fearless tackler.  Needs some grooming, but eventual starter quality.

Round 7, #222 overall…Austin S

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eibert, K, Oklahoma. Seibert offers the best versatility (placekicker, kickoff man, and emergency punter) and accuracy among this year’s kicking class. Plus, he’s been in big games at the collegiate level and came through in the clutch with the game on the line. All-Big 12 honors this past season,  when he converted 17-19 on field goals, long 42; 87-88 extra points.  Has demonstrated leg strength in the past, kicking a 56-yard field goal during his freshman campaign.  Seibert hasn’t been challenged with long kicks as much recently as teams would like, but experience in a major program could benefit him.

Round 7, #238 overall…Emmanuel Butler, WR, Northern Arizona. Bears take a flyer on a talented, but raw talent in Butler. Slow recovering from a shoulder injury that wiped out most of his 2017 season, but displayed flashes during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl that reminded scouts of his playmaking abilities.  Butler possesses the size (6’3, 217, 33″ arms) and frame to win battles with smaller defenders.  He’s been productive in the past, racking up 1,000 yards and receptions in 2015 and 2016.  The knock on Butler is speed.  He’ll be challenged on vertical routes to get open with pedestrian speed and lacks the quickness in/out of his breaks.

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