Chicago Bears: Underrated running backs in 2019 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Alex Barnes
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Alex Barnes, Kansas State

One of my favorites in this class is without a doubt Alex Barnes out of Kansas State. Admittedly, I didn’t know a whole lot about him up until a couple months ago when our own Patrick Sheldon had a chance to interview Barnes. Little did I know, this kid is more focused on his body and overall health than most his age.

At the Combine, Barnes put up a ridiculous 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, blowing every other running back away. He posted a vertical jump of 38.5 inches, a broad jump of 126.0 inches and a 3-cone at 6.95 seconds. He did all of this at 6-feet, 226 pounds.

Barnes can be a bruising back, indeed. He’s got goal-line specialist written all over him. But, his 5.3 yards per carry in 2018 and 9.7 yards per reception in 2018 prove he can be much more than that. His vision is stout and he certainly requires more than just a simple arm tackle. Barnes is patient and picks his lanes intelligently, not rushing any movement.

As a guy who majored in kinesiology, he’s ensured he is as durable as they come. Barnes takes care of his body and you can be sure you’re getting a guy who knows how to play the game right. His frame and skill set would complement Cohen and Davis perfectly, giving the Bears a trio of backs with multiple talents at the position.