The last in a three-part series, breaking down Ryan Pace’s approach to the NFL Draft when it comes to prospects. Today, day three, rounds four through seven.
2015: RB Jeremy Langford (R4), S Adrian Amos (R5), T Tayo Fabuluje (R6)
2016: LB Nick Kwiatkoski (R4), S Deon Bush (R4), CB Deiondre’ Hall (R4), RB Jordan Howard (R5), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (R6), WR Daniel Braverman (R7)
2017: S Eddie Jackson (R4), RB Tarik Cohen (R4), OL Jordan Morgan (R5)
Prioritize Rounds 4-5
Under Ryan Pace, the Bears are averaging two round 4 picks per year and are currently slated to have two in 2018. They will potentially have more if Pace trades down in round 2 again, as is he wont.
The Bears also acquired a fifth round pick in the Brandon Marshall deal. These are the rounds where he likes to operate, and he has done quite well, landing five solid contributors in three years: Adrian Amos, Nick Kwiatkoski, Jordan Howard, Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen.
On the flip side, Pace doesn’t seem to care much about round 6 or 7, where he has made only three picks total through three years. He’s made several trades sending these picks out.
- 6th for Khari Lee
- Throw-ins for a trade on day two that netted extra 4ths
- 6th to move up for Kwiatkoski
- Throw-in 7th to get 5th back when trading Brandon Marshall to Jets
- Conditional 2018 7th for Inman that they kept in 2018.
Don’t be surprised to see one of those traded away, perhaps to help move up for a coveted player in round 4.