When the Chicago Bears were scouring over the undrafted free agents last offseason, they made it a priority to sign UTEPs Roy Robertson-Harris. He played defensive line for the Miners, but at an athletic 6’7”, 268 pounds, he had the makings of a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Bears.
Initially the Bears had him listed as a defensive lineman, but they issued him number 45 and changed his position to linebacker. He missed his entire rookie season on the reserve/non-football injury list, but he did play briefly in the preseason.
From an athletic standpoint, Robertson-Harris is very gifted. Alex Nicolas, who covers UTEP for our sister site, Miner Rush, said that he stole the show at UTEPs pro day by posting a “4.8 second 40-yard dash time, 23 repetitions on the bench press, a 7.0 time in the 3-cone drill, a 4.27 time in the 5-10-5 short shuttle and a 35-inch vertical leap.” He added that, “Those times, and numbers would have placed him in the top-10 at the defensive line spot in the recent NFL Combine.”
If Robertson-Harris can get his technique to catch up with his size/strength/speed combination, maybe he provides a spark for the Bears’ D in 2017.
Check out these clips of him working out, preparing to make an impact for Vic Fangio’s defense.
And here’s a couple of Robertson-Harris looking lean and mean.
He still has a long way to go before he makes the 53 man roster, but he’s definitely putting in the work.
What do you guys think his chances are to make an impact in 2017?