The Bears continue to add to their defensive line here in the fifth round and snag their third defensive lineman of the draft in Michigan State’s Jacob Slade. The Bears are getting a guy who definitely has some developmental traits and has to work on gaining functional strength, but he is a true Matt Eberflus type player.
Slade has a high motor and gets going quickly. He is a relentless pursuer of the football in the back field and can chase down ball carriers from behind. He possesses excellent speed for an interior lineman and is also fairly scheme versatile.
He might not be a starting-caliber player just yet, but as a rotational guy, Slade projects to carve out a role. His effort against the run is really what sets him apart. You can tell he wants to continue to get better, too. If he can focus on adding some more strength at the pro level, he should be just fine.
At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, Slade is a tank of a player and should be able to turn some of that weight into more muscle. Just adding additional strength to his anchor could help him burst through double teams a whole lot easier, and combined with the style he plays, that will equal out to a very good NFL player.