With the No. 203 overall pick, the Chicago Bears selected Baylor RB Trestan Ebner.
Ebner serves as a reliable rotational back for Baylor in each of his last 5 seasons, playing big roles as a receiving back and as a kick returner. He is an athletic back with very good acceleration with the ball in his hands, as well as the lateral mobility needed to evade would-be defenders and serve as a dangerous threat in space. That athleticism helps him as a route runner and a receiver after the catch, along with generally reliable hands.
In addition to his athletic traits, Ebner is a tough runner with solid contact balance and a dense frame. He is an accomplished returner who was a first-team All-Big 12 kick returner, and he tallied four total returns for touchdowns as both a kick and punt returner. His explosiveness and creativity in space made him a stellar kick returner in college, but he might project even better as a punt returner in the pros.
I took to Twitter to break down Ebner’s game and how he fits into Chicago’s system:
THREAD: The #Bears are adding some intriguing RB depth in the form of Baylor’s Trestan Ebner.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2022
He’s a dynamic athlete with good change-of-pace potential.
Ebner is an effective returner who has 4 career TDs on special teams.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2022
His agility and vision with the ball in his hands makes him a threat to break away whenever he gets touches. #Bears pic.twitter.com/clOhYSJgis
Ebner got a lot of his touches early on as a pass-catching back.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2022
He has soft hands and solid fluidity as a route runner, and his breakaway speed makes him a YAC threat. #Bears pic.twitter.com/mp5lkjL3o9
Ebner is an explosive runner out of the backfield, and once he sees an open lane, he takes advantage of it.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2022
He runs with a purpose and offers legit 4.4 straight-line speed. #Bears pic.twitter.com/jjizGhJeva
With his speed and impressive ability, Ebner projects well as an outside-zone runner with receiving value and ST upside.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2022
Good depth pick for the #Bears, who are smart to just keep adding speed to the offense. pic.twitter.com/8yacdnzrkK
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