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

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3. Miles Sanders, Running Back, Penn State

It’s no secret that the Bears are in on Miles Sanders. He’s visited the Bears and has a lot to offer to the team. After sitting behind Saquon Barkley in 2016 and 2017, Sanders broke out in 2018 as a full-time starter.

In 2018, Sanders totaled 1413 total yards from scrimmage. Throughout this time, he averaged 5.8 yards per play and scored a total of nine touchdowns. When looking at Sanders game, it’s clear that he’s got a bright future ahead of him in the NFL.

Three traits, in particular, stand out when looking at Sanders: Vision, toughness, and elusiveness. Sanders is the type of player who doesn’t shy away from contact. Whenever he’s got a group of defenders around him, he’s always going to fight to ensure that the offense continues to move forward.

Sanders has the ideal vision needed to fit inside Matt Nagy’s offense too. He showcases patience and waits for things to develop before choosing which direction to run in. Although it’s easy to fall in love with Sanders vision, one area where he needs to improve is his decision-making. There are times where he tries to do too much all at once and this does tend to hurt him.

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At the beginning of the offseason, Sanders was labeled as a day three pick. However, a strong NFL Scouting combine has propelled his name into day two conversation. Essentially, this means that he could end up hearing his name called in the second round. What the Bears will need to do then is figure out a way to trade up for him using future draft capital.