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Chicago Bears draft review

Chicago Bears draft review

3 (73). David Montgomery, RB: 5-10, 222, Iowa State

4 (126). Riley Ridley, WR: 6-1, 199, Georgia

6 (205). Duke Shelley, CB: 5-9, 180, Kansas St.

7 (222). Kerrith Whyte, RB: 5-10, 197, Florida Atlantic

7 (238). Stephen Denmark, CB: 6-3, 212, Valdosta St.

Grade: B-
This draft class — and next year’s — is mostly about Khalil Mack, who certainly has paid dividends after costing Chicago a haul of picks. It’s also about Anthony Miller, for whom the Bears traded their 2019 second-rounder to grab last year. With limited capital, GM Ryan Pace found two good pieces early before betting on athleticism in later rounds. Not bad, but Mack is the prize here.

Best pick: Ridley isn’t as fast or explosive as his brother, Falcons wideout Calvin Ridley, but he’s bigger and comes out of college with a similarly developed sense of route-running. At least early on, he should outproduce many of the more gifted wideouts taken ahead of him.

Upside pick: Montgomery isn’t your typical “upside” prospect given his lack of long speed, but he might be the next mid-round running back star. Perhaps the best pure runner in the class, he breaks tackles like few others, drawing comparisons to Kareem Hunt and even Marshawn Lynch.

–Field Level Media

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