Late Round Targets For Chicago Bears

Late Round Targets For Chicago Bears

Our analysts have devoted countless hours to studying the players available in this year’s draft. That goes for players chosen in the first three rounds and players still available. Jose Cotto, Shayne Marsaw, Phil Ottochian and Aldo Gandia each submitted five names for the Chicago Bears to consider drafting today, the final day of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Jose Cotto

Rodrick Johnson, OL, Florida┬áSt. 6’7″, 300 lbs.

Day three is where I’d gamble on traits. Johnson’s tape is highly inconsistent but his good tape shows a player that has the potential to be a starting caliber left tackle.

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The past two years, Johnson has received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy from league coaches because of his work at left tackle for the Seminoles.

Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado, 6’0″, 205 lbs.

The defense can use a young ball hawk. Thompson recorded 7 interceptions and 16 passes defensed in 2016.

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Colorado’s secondary placed three of its members in the second-team All-Pac-12 team, including Thompson.

Joe Mathis, OLB, Washington, 6’2″, 266 lbs

Mathis is a relentless power rusher who sets the edge ferociously in the run game. This is a younger, cheaper alternative to Pernell McPhee.

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Mathis had five sacks in Washington’s first six games.

Howard Wilson, CB, Houston, 6’1″, 184 lbs

Wilson has good size and excellent ball skills. Very willing to strike ballcarriers. Good value day 3. WR Robert Davis Height, weight, speed guy. Looks like a Pace selection.

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Wilson earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors by leading his team with five interceptions.

Robert Davis, WR, 6’3″, Georgia St. 219 lbs.

Height, weight, speed guy. Looks like a Pace selection.

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Davis was a first-team all-conference pick for the last two seasons.

Shayne Marsaw

Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU, 6’2″, 192 lbs

Long armed WR who is very athletic. Can go up and get despite smaller hands. Didn’t get a chance to shine at LSU with bad QB play. Give your young QB another weapon to grow with.

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Dupre actually led LSU in receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons,

RB Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma, 5’11”, 233 lbs

Brings a lot of the same qualities to the field that Jordan Howard does. Bowling ball type runner that can be a threat in the passing game. Can Ka’Deem Carey stay healthy? Will Langford step up? Would like to see the Bears invest in another RB that has the ability to play all 3 downs if needed.

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Even with Joe Mixon on the team Perine still ran for 1,060 yards and 12 scores (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

TE Jake Butt

If this draft is more about 2018 then how can you not look at Butt(­čś│) Give Trubisky yet another weapon. Butt is a candidate to sit out 2018 but could pay off big for a team willing to wait. Talented Route runner that can work underneath and give your QB a security blanket

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In Butt’s junior and senior seasons, he was the Big Ten Conference Tight End of the Year

Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina, 5’8″, 181 lbs

Give your QB his favorite target from college. Doesn’t have great size, doesn’t have big hands but can be a dynamic slot WR and contribute in the return game.

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All-ACC in 2016 finishing tenth in the country with 96 receptions for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns.

Carroll Phillips, Illinois, OLB, 6’3″, 243 lbs

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irst-team All-Big Ten honors with 56 tackles, 20 tackles for loss (ranked ninth in the FBS), and team-high nine sacks.

Later in the draft you’re looking for traits. Phillips is very athletic and has the speed and flexibility to bend the edge. Needs to add strength. Will be a 25 year old rookie.

Phil Ottochian

Desmond King, DB, Iowa, 5’10”, 201 lbs

Former Thorpe award winner who I have in my top 50 and is still on the board. As a football player he can do it all, but most importantly takes away the football

King also returned kicks (26.0 per) and punts (11.7 per) the past two years.

Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado, 6’0″, 205 lbs.

Like Jose, I love this athletic playmaker. He has a knack for creating turnovers … something the Bears desperately need!

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Tedric is looking to join his brother, Cedric, in the NFL in 2017.

Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa, 6’3″, 315 lbs

Bears need a 5-tech and this two year starter has the skills. His fluid short area strength and quickness could make him a starter in a short amount of time.

Led Iowa with 10 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina, 5’8″, 181 lbs

Can you tell that Shayne, Jose and I exchange notes a lot on these players? Like Shayne I love this playmaker and chain mover. Add the cohesion and relationship with Trubisky and this is a match made in heaven. Quick as a jack rabbit and a highlight reel on how to get open.

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Had five punt-return touchdowns his freshman season and has seven for his career, with 19 career returns of more than 15 yards.

Samson Ebukam, Estern Washington, EDGE. 6’3″ 240 lbs

This guy plays like a lion. No! Not a Detroit Lion. But a wild animal lion! His aggressive and relentless motor is a must for the Bears. Yes our Bears! He could help now as a 3rd down rusher

Samson was a team co-captain in his senior year, garnering third-team FCS All-American honors from the Associated Press with 15 tackles for loss and a team-leading 9.5 sacks.

Aldo Gandia

Carl Lawson, EDGE, 6’2″, 261 lbs

Why is he still available? Maybe his medicals have scared people off. If there are no terrible red flags the Bears should pounce on Lawson so he can pounce on opposing quarterbacks.

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First-team All-SEC selection had 13.5 tackles for loss including nine sacks for the Tigers in his junior year

T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina, 5’9″ 196, lbs

Like Shayne, I’m keeping an eye out for Trubisky by getting him a favorite bail out target, a reliable pass catcher out of the backfield and a much needed 3rd down back for the team. He also is a special teams ace.

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Logan was rewarded by league media for his outstanding work as an all-purpose player

Jadar Johnson, S, Clemson, 6’0″, 206 lbs

Despite playing for the nation’s best college football team, fell under the radar a bit because he played behind excellent DBs until his senior year. His one year of experience shouldn’t be too big of a concern for Ryan Pace… right?

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First-team All-ACC notice this year, leading the team with five interceptions, making 60 tackles and breaking up seven passes

Jordan Evans, Oklahoma, LB, 6’3″, 233 lbs

Started all three years. Excellent athlete who, with solid development, could become a three down linebacker.

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Evans earned All-Big 12 honors the past two seasons.

Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan, 6’1″ 188 lbs

Developmental press corner who caught my eye late in the season and in the East-West Shrine game. Could be available as an un-drafted free agent.

Stripling earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2016.

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