Chicago Bears Draft: Reasoning behind every 2019 draft pick

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The 2019 NFL Draft may have been one of the more exciting weekends in recent Chicago Bears history. We give you the “why” behind the “what” with each pick.

It’s over. Can you believe it? The 2019 NFL Draft came and went in what seems like the blink of an eye, and the Chicago Bears made some noise along the way.

Going into the draft, the Bears had five picks, starting at no. 87 overall in the late third round. After the draft, the Bears came away with five selections, but two of them were not where the team was originally slotted.

In the third round, general manager Ryan Pace made a move, to no one’s surprise. Like his Day 2 deal last year, it was again with the New England Patriots. This time, Pace moved up 14 spots to the no. 73rd selection overall. Along with swapping third round picks this year, Pace sent his 2019 fifth rounder and a 2020 fourth rounder to New England and obtained the Patriots’ 2019 fifth rounder at no. 205.

Starting with their third round selection, let’s take a look at who the Bears came away with in this year’s draft:

Round 3, Pick 73: David Montgomery, Running Back, Iowa State

Round 4, Pick 126: Riley Ridley, Wide Receiver, Georgia

Round 6, Pick 205: Duke Shelley, Cornerback, Kansas State

Round 7, Pick 222: Kerrith Whyte, Running Back, Florida Atlantic

Round 7, Pick 238: Stephen Denmark, Cornerback, Valdosta State

No tight end. No edge rusher. No offensive line.

Pretty intriguing, right?

Now, why exactly did the Bears go with those five guys and not go after some other positions which fans thought they would address? Part of the reason may be due to the undrafted free agent haul the Bears brought in following the draft, knowing they could get some talent at those positions after it was all said and done.

But, as for the five picks made, why did the Bears go in that direction? Let’s take a deeper dive on the “why” behind each 2019 draft pick.