Bears seek hidden gems in draft’s final rounds

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Sixth-round draft choice, Kansas State CB Duke Shelley, will try to crack the Bears defensive back rotation.
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With just five overall draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and few glaring needs, the Chicago Bears looked to fill niche roles on the roster with their final three picks.

Sixth-round CB Duke Shelley of Kansas State didn’t show up in many mock drafts, partly due to a toe injury that curtailed his final season in Manhattan. However, now that Shelley has fully recovered, he turned in an impressive pro day workout that backed up some impressive tape. Though undersized at 5’9″, he’s an instinctive and aggressive defender with sticky coverage skills and a knack for the endzone. Shelley competes on every play ran his direction and is crafty enough to undercut routes. In Chicago, he’ll try and stick on the roster as a rotational defensive back and possibly groomed to play slot corner or nickel back, a role previously held by the departed Bryce Callahan.

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Bears tab Ridley to supplement receiving corps

Ridley is known as a smooth route runner and acrobatic hands catcher.

The Chicago Bears added more offensive firepower to their arsenal with the drafting of Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday. Ridley is the younger brother of Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons, a first-round pick last year who played at Alabama.

The Bears hope the Ridley genes continue to prosper in professional football. Although not the prospect his younger brother was, Riley possesses many of the same qualities scouts look for in a quality wideout…good route-runner, solid hands, and the ability to win contested balls thrown in his direction. His 40-yard dash speed at the NFL scouting combine of 4.58 is considered ordinary, but Ridley plays faster than he times and is crafty enough to create separation.

An early entrant to the draft, Ridley sometimes got lost in the wealth of Georgia’s offensive playmakers. Over his three-year career in Athens, he caught 69 passes for 1,015 yards and 13 touchdowns in 28 games. In 2018, Ridley posted career bests with 14 games played, 43 catches, 559 yards and nine TDs. His big-game experience in the Southeastern Conference should be a definite plus as the Bears try to take the next step in their development as a perennial playoff contender.

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Bears see Montgomery as perfect fit for offense

David Montgomery adds power and determination to Bears backfield.

Following a trade up to secure Iowa State running back David Montgomery in the NFL Draft’s third-round Friday night, the Chicago Bears brass spoke glowingly about their new addition.

“He’s just a well-rounded back,” stated Bears General Manager Ryan Pace. “It’s everything you look for in a running back, starting with his instincts, his vision, his ability to make people miss. He’s just a well-rounded player. Good hands. He fits the offense very well.”

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Mocking the draft, Bears-style

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. READ MORE