With the 2014 NFL Draft now complete, the focus for many teams will be on filling out their depth chart. For the Bears, their 2014 draft class figures to have a significant impact on the depth chart.
One position that was impacted by the Bears’ 2014 draft was the running back position. There is no question that Matt Forte is the workhorse in the backfield for the Bears, but the team created a question mark after Forte when they decided to part ways with backup Michael Bush. In the fourth round, the Bears believed to address their need for a backup running back with the selection of Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey.
- Matt Forte-The 28-year old Forte likely will continue to excel in Marc Trestman’s offense. Forte is arguably the most important player to the Bears’ offense. Between his threat to catch passes out of the backfield and his elusiveness while rushing, Forte is a dynamic player in the NFL. The concern is that Forte is creeping towards the age of 30. In the NFL, running backs typically reach their expiration date when they turn 30.
- Ka’Deem Carey-Carey was one of the top running backs in the Pac 12 last season with the University of Arizona. Though, there has been concerns over his character. Beyond the character concerns, Carey also ran a 4.7-40 at the NFL combine. Not many running backs are successful in the NFL at that rate. That being said, Carey does run with a style of power that should compliment well with Forte.
- Jordan Lynch-A former high-profile college quarterback making it in the NFL as a running back? That is what Lynch is trying to do with the Bears. Lynch was a prolific rusher as a quarterback with Northern Illinois and does have the body makeup of a running back. Lynch could be a secret weapon for the Bears’ offense if he finds success in training camp.
- Michael Ford-Ford will likely compete with Lynch to be the Bears’ third-string running back. Ford does have some experience as a kick returner, so that may help his cause. Ford has shown signs of being competent in the NFL as a running back, though, he lacks the versatility that Lynch offers.
- Shaun Draughn-The veteran Draughn was signed by the Bears shortly before the NFL Draft. Draughn was initially believed to be in the mix for being the backup to Forte, though with the selection of Carey and signing of Lynch, Draughn would appear to facing an uphill battle. In his two seasons in the NFL, Draughn has rushed for a total of 235 yards while averaging 3.7 yards per game.