If you aren’t busy this Saturday, there is a college football game on. Sadly, it’ll be the last one you see until this Fall.
The Chicago Bears are still working with just five draft picks. Only one of which is a day two selection. So they will look to delve into the day three prospect pool to come out as draft winners. There were plenty of those at the NFLPA Bowl/Shrine Game, and there will be quite a few at the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
This might mean finding guys who played for Power 5 schools that just so happen to be available. It also means that they dive deep into obscurity and draft guys you’ve never heard of.
The most important aspect to remember is that every guy playing in Mobile got there for a reason. Regardless of school size or how well their team did during the year, Senior Bowl Director Jim Nagy gets these guys to the event. A lot of these prospects use this weeks’ showing to trampoline their stock up going into the combine and on.
Some dudes show up as day three prospects and after the game, they are widely seen as day two players. Others make a jump into the first round when they take advantage of each and every opportunity that they take.
Last year, the Bears only drafted one player who was at the Senior Bowl, and that was Kylie Fitts, who was sitting pretty in the sixth round. Surely they could very well dip back into those waters again, possibly as early as the third round.
So who could Chicago realistically look at with hopes of drafting in the middle rounds to the backend of the draft? There will be a plethora of options…