The 2017 NFL Draft is over for the Chicago Bears. The initial reaction for most experts and fans was a negative one, but keep in mind, we’re a couple years away from having any idea if any of these guys are good or not. If a team can hit on half their picks, they are doing pretty good.
Next up for general manager Ryan Pace and his staff if scouts will be the undrafted free agent market, but for now, here’s the entire 2017 Chicago Bears’ rookie class.
Round 1, Pick 2 (2nd overall, from 49ers)
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, University of North Carolina
The trade up from 3 to 2, was not only the first shocker of the draft, it may have been the biggest. Ryan Pace has conviction that his new quarterback will be the guy, and I’d imagine his bold move will either make or break his own career.
Round 2, Pick 13 (45th overall from Arizona)
Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
Ashland got the “Baby Gronk” nickname from dominating the competition in Division II, but at 6’6” and 278 pounds, he has the frame, not to mention the athleticism, to play in the NFL.
Round 4, Pick 5 (112th overall from Buffalo)
Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
Jackson (6’0”, 201) may not be the free safety prospect that most fans wanted, but he still has the skill to compete for a starting job with these Bears. If he wasn’t injured last year, he may have been a day two selection. Jackson is a decent punt returner too, with 2 of his 11 retuend in 2016 going for touchdowns.
Round 4, Pick 13 (119the overall from Arizona)
Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T
He’s a different type of runner, fast and shifty at 5’6, 178 pounds, that will compliment Jordan Howard’s (6’1”, 222) downhill style. He’s a very good receiver, and a coaching friend of mine told me that linebackers will have a very hard time staying with Cohen on option routes out of the backfield.
Round 5, Pick 3 (No. 147)
Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown University
The Bears coaches had Morgan (6’3”, 309) at the Senior Bowl, so they had an extended look at him. He played left tackle in college, but since the Bears’ coaches had him at guard that week of practice, he’s likely a guard now.
What are your thoughts on these Bears’ picks?