Round 4 (No. 110 Overall): Darius Robinson, Defensive End, Missouri
Robinson played the majority of his college career as a defensive tackle before kicking outside. He led the Tigers in sacks with 8.5. Racking up that many sacks in the SEC is impressive.
The Bears like versatility in their linemen. Robinson's body and game is a lot like DeMarcus Walker's. Robinson is long too and that is something the Bears crave. He might not be here come the draft as he is a candidate to shoot up the draft boards.
He does have some game-wrecking ability as he destroyed Kentucky for two sacks.
The Bears have needed at center ever since Cody Whitehair moved to left guard. When he moved back, he struggled to snap the ball.
The Chicago Bears finally solved the center position with their other fourth-round choice.
Round 4 (No. 125 Overall via Philadelphia): Drake Nugent, Center, Michigan
Nugent was just part of an offensive line effort that pushed around Alabama.
Michigan's strength has been its offensive line and Nugent has anchored that line all season. Boy does Jenkins move people.
Run blocking is his specialty. He needs to improve at pass blocking. Nugent has good size to get better there at 301 pounds. Having a mean streak is what this team needs out of a center and Nugent has that in spades.
The Bears conclude the draft by doing what all teams should do: spending a late-round pick on a running back.
Round 5 (No. 142 Overall): Emani Bailey, Running Back, TCU
Khalil Herbert is entering the final year of his deal. The team is unlikely to bring back veteran D'Onta Foreman. That is why it make sense to draft a running back.
Bailey racked up over 1209 yards and eight touchdowns in 2023 for the Horned Frogs. He can take it to the house too as his longest run was 74 yards.
He also has a knack for finding the endzone as he had eight touchdowns during his sophomore season when he was at Louisiana-Lafayette.
He can also catch passes out of the backfield. His speed is what the Chicago Bears need. They need someone who is a threat to take it to the endzone on every carry and Bailey has that ability. He had four games where he broke runs for over 30 yards.
Bailey does not have a ton of hits on his body as his workload was limited during his junior year when he sat behind two future NFL running backs at TCU. The Bears like running backs with good tread on their tires and Bailey still has plenty of tread left.
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