Chicago Bears Draft – Rounds 4 – 7

Chicago Bears Draft – Rounds 4 – 7

“Toughness and instincts.” Those were the common traits general manager Ryan Pace attributed to the Chicago Bears draft picks from day three. Pace met the media after the grueling draft process was complete and while his staff was working the phones pursuing un-drafted free-agents. He looked like a man after a big gym workout and little sleep. But, he also looked pleased with his day three acquisitions.

With one of our Bears Barroom draft analysts, Shayne Marsaw, let’s get to know the most recently acquired Bears players.

d Nick Kwiatkoski

Shayne Marsaw’s View

A coach’s son who won’t blow you away with measurables or athletic ability, bit is a football player through and through. I expect him to go in and be a Special Teams demon on day 1 and with the hard work and determination that he’s known for, develop into the eventual replacement at inside linebacker for Jerrel Freeman. When they saw the selection, 95% of Bears’ fans said WTF! Come gameday, Bears fans will ALL love him.

There’s little debate that the Bears have transformed their linebacking corp this offseason. They’ve gone from being the team’s biggest liability into one of team’s biggest strengths. Pace insured the team continued that trajectory when he traded up to acquire Kwiatkowski. The three-year starter and three-down linebacker at West Virginia was the team captain and comes with the label of “leader.” His play is routinely described as being highly active, with the instincts to jump routes and make interceptions or disrupt pass plays. He now adds more depth and delivers on Coach John Fox’s request to add, “more throwback players.”

d Deon Bush

Shayne Marsaw’s View

Should probably be renamed Deon Fangio. This is his pick. If you want to have some fun, watch Deon Bush vs Clemson. He was on a killing spree. Bush is a very explosive leaper that will destroy people when given a chance. When he does come up to fill, he can get out of control and miss a tackle. Competition at Safety is going to be fun to watch this summer. Pernell McPhee just got himself another dawg on defense.

It’s often under emphasized how important the safety position is in a Vic Fangio system. For his schemes to run efficiently it’s important to have safeties who are interchangeable – play the line of scrimmage or move back and play center field. If Bush has the qualities to flourish in this dual capacity he might crack the starting lineup quickly.

Pace noted that one of the qualities he liked about Bush was, “he throws his body around, plays with toughness, instincts and plays fast on the field.” A throwback player.

His highlights also underscore how he will improve the Bears Special Teams.

d Deiondre Hall

Shayne Marsaw’s View

Deiondre Hall boasts almost 35″ arms. It doesn’t look human. He looks like a spider considering his 6’1 frame. 37″ vert, 10’7″ broad jump. I feel he projects better as a Safety because of his 4.6+ speed and stiffness. When Ryan Pace said he wants competition everywhere he wasn’t kidding. He’s drafting guys that are competitive and who love football. If you are a long athlete with athletic traits, Ryan Pace will find you.

More versatility for the defensive backs. Pace said Hall could play “corner, nickel safety.” Mark Bulgarian at NFL.com says Hall even played in Northern Iowa’s front seven. As Wasram noted Hall’s freakish arm length helps him get his hands on footballs to disrupt or intercept (six interceptions and four pass breakups in 2015).

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Hall was named the 2015 Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Year. His highlight reel shows a swagger that scouts say is contagious.

d Jordan Howard

Shayne Marsaw’s View

Soldier Field sound crew better invest in a train whistle to play after every Jordan Howard 1st down. A 3.7 yards average, after contact, puts Howard at No. 1 for that category in the 2016 RB draft class. at 5’11” 230 lbs., let’s just say there won’t be anymore skipping East/West on 3rd & short. Howard’s style of seeking contact isn’t conducive to staying healthy. Langford/Carey/Howard is a pretty impressive trio of backs for Fox/Loggains to work with.

In 2015, Howard averaged 134.8 rushing yards per game finishing second in the Big Ten. Pace commented that Howard’s physical style will wear down defenses and compliment the other backs on the team. “He brings a little bit of a different dimension that will fit into that (running backs) room.” Pace said Howard’s hard running style and excellent vision is what makes him a very productive back.

Pace lauded Howard’s productivity. CBSSports.com points out that in the “six games that he tallied at least 20 carries in 2015, Howard averaged 181.2 yards per game, including a personal-best 238 rushing yards against Michigan’s top-five nationally ranked defense.”

As Wasram noted, his physical style will keep the team’s training staff busy, he missed four games in 2015 and parts of several others due to injuries. It’s also important to note, and you’ll notice in his highlight reel, Howard ran behind an offensive line that opened huge holes for him.

D DeAndre Houston-Carson

Shayne Marsaw’s View

It’s Vic Fangio’s world and we’re all just living in it. The Chicago Bears secondary has officially been put on notice. You show up ready to compete or…..YOU’RE GONE! Yet another long defensive back coming to the Windy City. Bears’ secondary needed a youth infusion and Ryan Pace came through. Houston-Carson won’t blow anyone away with his athletic numbers, but he’s another player who loves football. Should be an immediate contributed on Special Teams where he had a penchant for blocking kicks.

Pace made sure to share Houston-Carson’s uncanny ability to block kicks. He had nine blocks to go with his 10 career interceptions at William & Mary. His overall play could be described as “dominant,” but remember the level of competition he faced is part of the reason. He did not test well, but his play, seen in his highlight reel, reflect pure dominance and explosive hits.

If Houston-Carson goes according to script, he’ll contribute immediately on Special Teams while he develops into a starter in the near future.

d Daniel Braverman

Shayne Marsaw’s View

A Phil Ottochian special. They share diminutive stature but that’s about it. Braverman popped off an eye popping 4.30 at his pro day. Quickness and speed out of the brakes, knows how to set up a defender with a head fake, and speed past him. Bears now boast a legit slot receiver who can double as a return man. If Eddie Royal can’t stay healthy you have a kid that can slide right in. Don’t be surprised when Braverman actually pushes for more time in camp with his relentless competitiveness. Another camp battle to keep an eye on this summer.

Considered a secret among some scouts, the internet began to divulge Braverman’s talents a couple of months ago. Pace described him as a, “real, nifty, sudden slot-receiver.” Comparisons to Wes Welker are abundant. While critics will point out the level of competition Braverman faced at Western Michigan, his proponents point out that he played very well in games against Michigan State (13 receptions, 103 yards) and Ohio State (10 receptions, 123 yards, 1 TD).

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The Bears all announced that they signed veteran quarterback Brain Hoyer to a one-year contract. Pace said the move would have happened whether the team would have drafted a quarterback or not. Hoyer worked with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains for one year. “I like that Dowell has been with him, has a lot of comfort with him,” Pace said. “I’ve watched him play over the years. A very intelligent player. I know he has a strong work ethic because we have coaches who have been with him.”

 

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Aldo Gandia

Aldo Gandia

Among my career highlights I have produced two films while in high school that received nationwide attention; leaned out of a helicopter over the Gulf of Suez at the age of 20 to shoot movies of oil rigs; won an Emmy award for a sports special and another for a kid's fitness show; and led a team of very talented creative professionals to produce break-through corporate communications.



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