Chicago Bears: 3 reasons Kerrith Whyte was a necessary pick

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Whyte is a pure football player

Above all else, Pace made this pick because Whyte was the best player on his board. He’s said it over and over again throughout the draft process.

Leading up to the draft, I actually had this thought: “I hope Pace is put in position where he has to either take a wide receiver, or two running backs, due to them being the best available players on his board.”

It happened. Both scenarios happened. Why?

Because talent takes the cake in the end. That’s how this is supposed to go, but rarely do general managers stick to the plan.

Whyte is an electric player with game-breaking ability. He is the perfect fit for Nagy’s offense, and the fact that he was still available in the seventh round meant Pace had to draft him.

Over his last two seasons, Whyte has averaged 6.4 yards per carry while scoring a total of 10 touchdowns on the ground (eight coming in 2018). He broke big play after big play, even in the shadow of Singletary. I said this before — he was too good to keep on the sidelines. His coaches knew it, and Pace saw that on film.

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Whyte is one of those rare gems a team will find late in the draft, and the Bears just happened to be the team to do it. He’s going to make the team, and he’s going to have an impact. You can bet on it.