Chicago Bears: Underrated running backs in 2019 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Darwin Thompson
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Darwin Thompson, Utah State

As a guy who hasn’t had a ton of experience at the FBS level, Darwin Thompson would be more of a risky, developmental pick. But, I think he’s quite the mystery because of his one year at Utah State.

Thompson is incredibly raw. He shows a lot of potential as a back you could give 8-10 touches per game, though. He is undersized at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, but the one thing nobody can argue is that he puts forth the effort of a much bigger back.

Two of the common words used when describing Thompson are “slippery” and “elusive.” Because of his size, he reminds me a bit of Cohen. Thompson doesn’t have quite the speed of Cohen, but his ability to turn nothing into something — and sometimes more — is desirable.

Last year, Thompson averaged nearly seven yards per carry and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground. He also showed a strong ability to gain yardage after the catch and averaged over 15 yards per reception.

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The Bears could truly utilize three backs eventually, with Thompson involved on short yardage and even third downs. He has a lot to learn with the little things, such as footwork and patience, but I have no doubt under Nagy and his staff that Thompson’s development would be in good hands.