Chicago Bears 2019 NFL Draft Primer: Everything you need to know

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11. Taylor Rapp, Safety, Washington

A three-year starter at Washington, Taylor Rapp racked up 8.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions in his time at Washington. Although his declining productions means he won’t necessarily be a ballhawk, Rapp’s ability to set the tone for a defense could be the one thing that helps make a name for himself in the NFL.

When watching Rapp on film, one of the things that stood out immediately was the fact that wherever he was placed on the field, he seemed to have an impact. Rapp is a hard hitter that’s going to make his presence felt.

One of the major traits about Rapp is the fact that he’s able to process and recognize what’s going on in front of him. He understands what the offense is going to do and then pursues the ball carrier. He’s also highly competitive which shows that he’s always hungrier and is looking for more.

Unfortunately, Rapp isn’t very rangy nor is he very fast. While this won’t necessarily break his draft stock, it’s clear that he’d be a surefire second-round pick had he been faster or more rangy. At this point, he can be a plug-and-play type player who can be used in blitzes during his rookie season.

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Rapp is going to be an aggressive defensive back in Chuck Pagano’s defense who’s versatility is going to be his biggest trait. His ability to play multiple spots on the field allows the entire Bears defense to be flexible and to mix things up.