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Chicago Bears sign 4th round pick Eddie Jackson

NCAA Football: Western Kentucky at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have signed fourth round draft pick, safety Eddie Jackson. The only two draft picks yet to be signed are first rounder Mitchell Trubisky (QB), and second rounder Adam Shaheen (TE).

The Bears traded up in the 2017 NFL Draft to take Jackson, the only defensive player they ended up grabbing in the draft. They sent their 6th round pick this year, which was the 197th overall, and their 117th overall pick (in the 4th round) to move up five spots for the chance to take the Alabama safety.

He just went through the rookie minicamp over the weekend, and while he wasn’t able to go 100%, he was out there learning the defense. He’s close to being all the way back, “I’m fine right now. I’m healthy, and I’ll be ready to go by training camp and everything like that,” he said after the draft. “I’m just ready to go in there and work with the training staff for the Bears, and I know I’m going to be ready for training camp 100%, no limitations.”

Jackson was a playmaker in college, and that is a skill the Bears desperately need in their secondary. That’s a big reason I feel he ends up starting at safety in 2017.