NFL Draft Late-Round Gems for the Chicago Bears

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Ryan Pace has feasted in the later rounds as the general manager of the Chicago Bears. He’s found gems like Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen, Bilal Nichols, Adrian Amos, and many more other guys. This year will be crucial for him to hit on his late-round picks due to the fact the Bears have no picks in the first, third, or fourth rounds. Instead, they have one fifth-round, two sixth-round, and two seventh-round picks. Here are some late-round gems the Bears can target.

Darrynton Evans | Running Back | Appalachian State

Darrynton Evans may be the most underappreciated running back in the class. Thanks to my great colleague Alex Simpson, he introduced me to this late-round gem. Evans is a do-it-all back that could be a gem if given the chance to play. Evans can burn you with his 4.41 speed, but also can make you miss in the open field. He is a great zone running back because of his vision and ability to find holes. He can catch, run, and block for his quarterback. Evans also can give some kickoff return ability. He could fall right into the Bears’ lap in the fifth or sixth round.

Devin Duvernay | Wide Receiver | Texas

Due to one of the deepest wide receiver classes since 2014, Devin Duvernay finds himself shockingly being an expected Day-3 pick. He is a speed-demon wide receiver that has fantastic hands. Even though he is only 5′ 10″, he isn’t afraid to blow through defenders after receiving the ball. Duvernay would be the perfect replacement for Taylor Gabriel as the Chicago Bears are looking for a deep threat wide receiver that can burn a defense. This past season at Texas, Duvernay caught 106 passes for 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns.

Dalton Keene | Tight End | Virginia Tech

Calling Dalton Keene “just a tight end” is truly doing him a disservice. He can do it all as a tight end and that makes him a perfect fit for the Bears. He could play as either the ‘U’ or ‘Y’ tight end for the Bears and even play fullback or H-back if we ever need one. He’s projected to go round six which is surprising with his versatility on the offense. He is a very sound blocker who also has receiving upside and could be molded into a solid all-around tight end at the next level.

Alex Taylor | Offensive Tackle | South Carolina State

Alex Taylor is a project offensive tackle. His size is perfect for an NFL offensive tackle, but his problem is experience and competition. He doesn’t have a lot of technique due to his inexperience, but if he learns that technique, he will be a monster. He’s a freak athlete standing at 6′ 8″ weighing 308 pounds and can run a 5.10 40 yard dash. Taylor also has long arms to help with his blocks. His athletic ability would be perfect in the Chicago Bears’ zone rushing scheme as he will need to move well in it. He’s expected to be a fifth-round pick.

Anthony Gordon | Quarterback | Washington State

The fact that Anthony Gordon is considered an end of day two or an early day three pick is beyond crazy. Gordon only started one year in college after losing the starting battle to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. Gordon absolutely lit up the stats page at Washington State throwing for 5,579 yards, 48 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions while completing 71.6% of his passes. His only real knock is inexperience since he only started one year and he has spotty footwork (sound like anybody to you?). If he can study for a few years behind Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles, Gordon could develop into a great quarterback.

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