Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Round 5 best case scenarios

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Chicago Bears, Bryce Love
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Running Back Bryce Love, Stanford

There may not be a more risky pick in this year’s draft than Bryce Love. You could use a lot of words to describe him, and many of them would fit: Polarizing, injury-prone, versatile, game-breaking, worrisome — they all work. But, the bottom line is, if Love is available in the fifth round, he could wind up being an absolute steal.

Yes, injuries derailed what could have been a spectacular senior season at Stanford. Coming off a stellar 2017 campaign where he rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns, Love looked ready to take the Heisman race to the next level. Unfortunately, he was never 100 percent healthy all season long and ultimately tore his ACL in the season finale.

Had he ensured he healed up last year, even though it would have cost him playing most of his senior year, Love’s draft stock could have been much higher.

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Still, if he enters the NFL completely healthy at some point, and a team gets him with a fifth round pick, Love could end up being one of the best stories to come out of the 2019 class. He has all the tools you need to become an NFL starter. Health is really the only concern at this point.

Love has game-busting speed, phenomenal vision, a knack for catching the football and always looking to create extra yardage however he can. Remember, the last time Pace took a risk like this was when he drafted Eddie Jackson coming off a broken leg, and that was in the fourth round. Could Love be the next gamble which pays off?