Chicago Bears: Pro comparisons for each 2019 draft pick

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Round 6 Pick 205

CB Duke Shelley

NFL Comparison: Cortland Finnegan

In the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears finally added a player on defense. The idea in the first two selections was to draft offense to help score more points and help out the leagues best defense. Well, in round six the Bears went back to defense. They drafted CB Duke Shelley out of Kansas State.

Shelley had some decent stats playing for Kansas State. He played all four years of Big 12 college football. In those four seasons, he had 165 total tackles and 153 of them were solo. He had eight interceptions in those four years and returned two of them for touchdowns. In his freshman year, he also had a forced fumble.

The NFL player that screams Duke Shelley is Cortland Finnegan. Finnegan is a player who carved a really nice career out of being a late round pick. After a college career at Samford University, he ended up suiting up with five different NFL teams. In 2008 he was a Pro Bowl Selection and was First-team All-Pro. He ended his career with 663 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 87 pass deflections, 18 interceptions, and six defensive touchdowns.

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Shelley is undersized, but a feisty defender with athletic instincts. He’s a physical, hard-nosed corner who should find a home at nickel with the Bears.

That is quite a career for someone who went very late in the draft. If Shelley can earn himself a career like that as a sixth-round pick, that would be incredible for Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears. Even if Shelley is close to that, this will be a fantastic grab for the Chicago Bears organization.