- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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As the Chicago Bears prepare to hold rookie minicamp from Friday-Sunday, let’s take another look at general manager Ryan Pace’s vision for the six players drafted last week.
Pace’s best man available mantra netted the Bears four offensive players and two new contributors on defense. All six choices played college ball at higher-profile programs, a slight tweak from recent draft classes that included players from San Jose State (David Fales), Louisiana Tech (Jordan Mills) and Nevada (Isaiah Frey).
Pace discussed the traits of each player in the Bears’ 2015 NFL draft class, and explained why he felt the rookie class fits the organization moving forward.
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: “This guy is dynamic. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s ultra-competitive. If I could stress one word for this player: he’s competitive. You see it after the catch. You see it in the way he attacks the ball in the air. This is a dynamic play-maker for our offense. I can probably tell you right now, the most excited guy in the building is [offensive coordinator] Adam Gase upstairs. This is good guys. This is a big-play weapon for us; a competitive tough player. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him.
“I saw every route I needed to see from that player. One of the most difficult routes for a receiver to run is a come-back route, you see that from him. You see it at his pro day, you see it at his workouts, and if you watch the film on him, you see all that. This guy is a special athlete and for his size. He’s big, and he runs a 4.3, and he’s strong after the catch, and he’s a physical blocker. He really checks all the boxes we’re looking for in a receiver in our offense. This guy can play all over. Really, I see him as an outside receiver but what’s dangerous about this guy, he can catch a quick slant or he can attack and go 99 yards. He has that kind of play-making ability. You see it with wide-receiver screens and now-routes and things like that where you throw him a little-short check-down, and he’s gone.”
Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida State: “This is a young player, third year junior, two-year starter. When I think about the standout traits with Eddie Goldman, it’s strength, stout at the point of attack. He’s very instinctive. He’s strong. He gets off blocks. I really like the pad level he plays with. He steps up in big moments. Up at the Clemson game this year, there’s three game-changing plays he makes to basically win that game for Florida State. This is a stout, strong nose tackle that anchors the middle of your defense. I think he is an ascending player.
“He’s a true, low, strong nose tackle. He’s played all over the D-line, I think his best position is nose tackle; I really think he’s natural at that. Some guys just have a natural ability to play with a low center of gravity and leverage, and he definitely has it. It’s easy for him to get underneath blocks.”
Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon: “The standout traits for this guy is his quickness and his balance. He’s excellent at the second level. He’s quick on reach blocks. His makeup is outstanding. When you talk about work ethic, team captain, leadership, all those traits that we stress around here, he brings those to the table. He’s a highly intelligent player. Those things jump out to me. His athleticism really jumps out.”
Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State: “Standout trait with him is really his speed. This guy has home-run ability. We feel like he’s got a lot of upside. He’s played multiple positions, so he’s still getting better as a running back. But again, this guy’s speed stands out, and we’re excited to have him here.”
Adrian Amos, S, Penn State: “A versatile player. He’s played corner, he’s played nickel, he’s played safety, so we like the coverage versatility that he brings. This is a high-character guy that’s extremely intelligent, three-year starter and, again, I like the versatility that he’s played multiple positions, so that’s exciting.”
Tayo Fabuluje, OT, TCU: “This is a massive player, very strong, very strong, athletic for a big man. He can play tackle; he can play guard. His weight has been well-documented. We’re going to stay on that. We have a great strength and conditioning program here, sports science, that will be an emphasis, he understands that. When this guy is at the right weight, we feel really good about him, and there’s a lot of upside potential there as well. He’s nimble for a big man. He’s got good feet for a big man.”
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