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Film study: New Bears RB Khalil Herbert brings juice to offense

Check out what new Bears running back Khalil Herbert brings to the table.

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The Bears added to their running back room with the No. 217 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, selecting Virginia Tech’s Khalil Herbert.

Herbert exploded with 1,183 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground as a graduate transfer for the Hokies in 2020. Averaging 7.6 yards per carry, he was a big-play weapon who was consistently able to break away for monster runs pretty often.

His athletic ability is apparent on film, as he’s shifty in space and changes direction seamlessly. He accelerates well in the open field, and his speed to the edge combined with his one-cut mobility to the inside makes him a dynamic threat as an outside-zone runner. Herbert is patient and calculated out of the backfield, making subtle moves to exploit minimal holes and shrink himself into gaps to break away for big gains. He’s also a more powerful runner than most running backs his height.

I went to the film to showcase what Herbert brings to the Bears.

For more on Khalil Herbert, give Robert Schmitz a listen on his Bear With Me podcast as he’s joined by our Lead Draft Analyst, Jacob Infante, and our Senior Draft Analyst, EJ Snyder, as the three of them break down the selection.