Chicago Bears Complete 7-Round Mock Draft: Revamping the offense

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Chicago Bears, Reed Blankenship
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Pick Analysis. 153. 57. Scouting Report. S. Middle Tennessee. Reed Blankenship. player

One thing you’ve seen all year long is a lack of discipline from every position, safety included. Even Eddie Jackson has had a down year in terms of his giving up production to quarterbacks. He’s missed a few tackles here and there, as has most of the defense. They’ve been off in some regards, that’s for certain.

But, adding someone like Reed Blankenship next to Jackson could fortify the safety position. He may be a mid-round prospect right now, but I see him as a true sleeper. He’s a small school prospect out of Middle Tennessee, but this guy is all over the field.

If there’s a tackle to be made, he’ll either make it or be in on the pile. He would fit in real well with the old Lovie Smith defenses where it was preached to “flock to the football.” That’s Blankenship in a nutshell.

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The great thing about Blankenship is that he has been able to play both safety spots. His first two years, Blankenship found himself in the back field often, racking up 15.0 tackles for loss. The past two years, he’s only tallied 1.5. However, he’s been in on far more tackles overall because he’s been in coverage.

He looks a lot better as the type of player the Bears had in Adrian Amos — someone who supports the run and plays closer to the box.