Hello, Bears fan! All the draft commotion is finally over and we have some new additions to the team! This was a low-key draft for the Bears this year. With many of the starters already in place and with no real pressing needs, Ryan Pace did very well considering that, he did not own a pick in the first or second round of the draft. Let us do a quick recap of the selections.
In the third round, the Bears selected Running back, David Montgomery out of Iowa State. In typical Ryan Pace fashion, he traded up 14 spots to select Montgomery after a trade with the New England Patriots. The Bears feel he can step in right away and thrive in Coach Nagy’s offense, and it has been said that Montgomery was the most balanced back in the draft by Ryan Heckman of Da Windy City blog, which covers the Bears. In three years, Montgomery rushed for over 2,900 yards, caught 71 receptions and scored 26 touchdowns.
In round four, the Bears selected Receiver, Riley Ridley out of Georgia. The second year in a row the Bears snag a Bulldog. Ridley, the younger brother of Calvin who plays for the Falcons, could play a very big role in his first season with the Bears. Injuries were a big part of why this group had to mix and match the rotation as the season progressed, if that happens this upcoming season, Ridley could see a bigger role than maybe even he expected. He is very polished as a route runner, and is good at going to get the ball and making contested catches; Ridley looks like he could be a steal for the Bears at pick 126!
In the sixth round, the Bears selected defensive back, Duke Shelley out of Kansas State. After losing depth a corner, the Bears felt it was a need that had to be addressed. Shelley, though undersized, plays with a grit and toughness that Bears fan should appreciate. He does not give up on plays and always seems to get a hand in on receivers when they’re making catches. He should be in line for reps as the nickel corner for the Bears.
The Bears went to the running back well again for their first pick in the seventh round selecting Kerrith Whyte Jr out of Florida Atlantic. The Whyte Jr pick makes a lot of sense as he will be another speedy option Nagy can move all over of the field and should be an impact player on special teams as a returner. Whyte posted a 40 time of 4.37 seconds at his pro day, which is not from the record at the combine. Not sure if you all have thought about yet but can you imagine both, Cohen and Whyte on the field together? Thank Goodness they are on our side!
With their final pick in the draft, the Bears selected Stephen Denmark out of Valdosta State. The Bears got a player who is more of an upside stash with Denmark. He recently made the change from receiver to defensive back and in his one year flashed some incredible potential. Standing at 6’3, weighing 212 pounds, Denmark is a freak of nature athletically. If he can develop as a defensive back, he could have a very bright future. Right now, the role he can fill right away will be on special teams. Keep an eye on Denmark, he could be a really good pick in a few years if he continues to develop!
To wrap up, the Bears plan for this draft was executed just about as good as Pace and the Bears would hope. They all were players that could contribute in some way early in their careers. The Bears got a great group of talented and athletic players who should fit well in an already close locker room. Just like the future of our current Bears, the new Bears look like a group destined for success at the next level! Many of the analysts gave the Bears high grades on their draft class, what grade would you give them?