Chicago Bears 2019 NFL Draft: Potential undrafted gems

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Chicago Bears, Jamal Davis
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Edge Rusher Jamal Davis, Akron

Prior to the Bears bringing back veteran edge rusher Aaron Lynch this offseason, the position was a huge need. I know, that sounds odd considering they have the likes of the most dominating pass rusher in all of football, Khalil Mack, as well as a budding star in Leonard Floyd. But, the depth behind those two were pretty slim before Lynch’s return.

Even behind Lynch, it’s Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving — two young, developing players who still need some work. Enter: Jamal Davis out of Akron, who might be a strong candidate to bring in immediately following the draft and give those two guys some competition throughout the offseason and training camp.

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Davis is one of the more spectacular athletes coming out of this year’s edge rusher class. He stands a solid 6-foot-4, weighing about 245 pounds. At the combine, Davis ran a 4.60 seconds in his 40-yard dash — a pretty impressive time for an edge rusher. He also managed to sky for a 39.0 inch vertical jump and finished his 3-cone drill in 7.0 seconds flat.

Over his last two years at Akron, Davis has totaled 31.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Just last year, he finished with 80 tackles and also broke up six passes. Davis is certainly a developmental prospect who could use some polishing and may only be a situational rusher to begin with, but if he goes undrafted, he’d be a steal.