Chicago Bears: Grading 2018 rookie class after Year 1

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Kylie Fitts, Chicago Bears
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6. DE Kylie Fitts, Utah, Round 6, 181st overall

This is a pick that seems like a head-scratcher. After selecting Bilal Nichols earlier, it was interesting to see the Bears go after another defensive lineman. Perhaps at the time, the Bears were using the “Best Player Available” strategy. In fact, Kylie Fitts may not be on the Bears come 2019.

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At the time, Fitts was an interesting candidate as for two main reasons. His measurables and his production. However, those two were also coupled with injuries meaning the Bears picked him hoping that he’d stay healthy to compete in the NFL.

During Fitts’ final season at Utah, he played just eight games but managed to notch three tackles for loss and three sacks. His measurables also make him an attractive candidate as he is a big, rangy player that is able to play with a good amount of speed.

The reality for Fitts is this: He may not be a full-time starter right off the bat, but he does possess some qualities that will make him a quality situational player down the road.  What he needs to do is prove himself in training camp to be able to earn a roster spot.

In all likelihood, it could come down to Kylie FItts or Isaiah Irving for the Bears final outside linebacker spot in 2019 and at this point, it seems as if Irving has the upper hand.

Grade: C