DA BEARS 2019 Draft Review

By | June 23, 2019

Before I start breaking down the Pick by Pick drafting for this team, let us keep in mind that the biggest piece to this draft effort was early last season when the team traded to acquire KHALIL MACK. This move provided the team with its best pass rusher since the RICHARD DENT era. With the chance for a do-over, I think the vote from BEARS fans would overwhelmingly be in favor of making that same trade all over again. However, the move did, in the final analysis, mean they had only 1 pick in the Top 100 of the 2019 Draft. I have no qualms with what they did with their first two picks, but then… Let’s just get right to it.

Round 3, Pick 73
DAVID MONTGOMERY RB IOWA STATE
5’10/222 4.63/40 PP#58
HC NAGY and his offensive staff clearly had their eyes set on acquiring MONTGOMERY to be the leader of their RB group, as the Draft began. They helped make way for him by trading away their top RB the last two seasons, in JORDAN HOWARD. MONTGOMERY is not a Home Run threat, but he’s sneaky fast, has excellent field vision, has elusive moves in space, and is adept as a receiver. His 4.63/40 won’t strike fear into most defenses, but his versatility and productivity cannot be questioned. Label him a “chains mover” deluxe. His biggest weak point is in pass pro, and in the NFL, that will have to be fixed quickly. Overall, he can do a little bit of everything. He’s a good fit for what NAGY’s Offense is designed to do.

Round 4, Pick 126
RILEY RIDLEY WR GEORGIA
6’1/199 4.59/40 PP#68
Do not even begin to compare him to his older brother CALVIN, who had a stellar Rookie season with the FALCONS in 2018. His mediocre, (if not, flat out pedestrian), speed number is legit, but what he can do is be a very reliable possession type receiver, who may be the best route runner in this year’s Rookie class. He’s not going to run away from defenders after the catch, but will power through some of them. He will work hard to get the extra yardage for first downs after the catch. He’s an excellent hands catcher, who possesses 10 1/4″ hands. In essence, he may make a very good compliment to the team’s smaller, quick guys like TAYLOR GABRIEL & ANTHONY MILLER. Good value for the Pick in Round 4.

Round 6, Pick 205
DUKE SHELLEY DC/RS KANSAS STATE
5’8/175 4.50/40 PP#NR
This little guy could make a very good slot-Corner, with his better quickness than straight-line speed. I think he fell a bit out of favor with some personnel departments, after playing in only 7 games before a toe injury knocked him out of action, including the post season events. He was not at the Combine, primarily because of his inability to participate in most workouts. He has demonstrated above average ball skills during his college career. In 2018, in only 7 games, he recorded 33 T’s, 9 PD, and 5 INT’s. He may find several spots on their Special Teams units, including as a Punt Returner. Not a terrible Pick, when we factor in these last 3 BEARS Picks are all 200-plus, overall.

Round 7, Pick 222
KERRITH WHYTE RB FLORIDA ATLANTIC
5’10/200 4.36/40 PP#NR
WHYTE is a better than average RB, who got stuck behind a workhorse stellar No.1 RB in DEVIN SINGLETARY. SINGLETARY rushed for 1,348 yards and 22 TD’s. But even as a back-up, WHYTE managed 866 yards, and 8 TD’s. Of interest to me, was WHYTE averaging 6.5 ypc to SINGLETARY’s 5.2 ypc. WHYTE also displays the speed and vision to potentially be the team’s top Kick Returner. He averaged 28.7 ypr last season, and DA BEARS had no one close to that number on their roster. I had heard some serious talk about WHYTE being a draftable prospect last fall, then that talk died down late in the year. The fact that he is also a better than average receiver will also fit well into NAGY’s offensive scheme. This Pick could turn out to be a real steal for their overall RB unit.

Round 7, Pick 238
STEPHEN DENMARK DB/LB VALDOSTA STATE
6’3 220 4.46/40 PP#NR
This small school star is a superior athlete, who will likely require some serious coaching up and patience from their coaching staff. I would expect him to primarily use his size and speed on Special Teams this coming season. It would also seem to me that his likelihood of playing at DC in the NFL are slim and none despite decent straight-line speed. However, I could see him working his way into action as a hybrid SS/LB, where his size/speed ratio should be ideal.

There was not much to work with for the team, having only 1 Pick in the Top 100, but it is hard to calculate the value of MACK as their star defensive pass rusher. After getting some Pro Day info help from our own LP, I have softened my view on this Draft effort. Finding roster talent at Pick 200+ can be quite a challenge. This group has a chance to make PACE and his personnel staff look quite astute in their player ranking system.

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