After a trade with the Seattle Seahawks at the 208th spot in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears received the 217th pick as part of that package.
At that new draft slot, the Bears selected running back Khalil Herbert out of Virginia Tech. At 5-foot-9 and 210 lbs, Herbert packs a punch at the point of attack and possesses above-average speed, evidenced by a 4.5-second 40-yard dash time at his pro day.
Herbert spent the majority of his career at Kansas but played last season at Virginia Tech. He finished his college career with 2,918 yards, 22 rushing touchdowns, and a receiving touchdown. Herbert will compete with a Artavis Pierce and Ryan Ball for a Bears’ roster spot, and that battle should come down to the wire. Herbert also notably averaged 26.9 yards per kick return last season, which could be an alternate route for him to make the roster.
Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy add another playmaker to a backfield that is in need of adequate depth. Considering how things unfolded when Tarik Cohen went down last season, why not add a depth piece that can compete for a roster spot or at the very least become a member of the practice squad?
It will be interesting to see how the Bears elect to deploy Herbert in the preseason action, but his tape matches up with the hype and he seems to be a quality pickup at this point in the draft. Herbert has big play ability, the size and frame to take the beating required of an NFL running back, and always seems to find a way to get into the open field.
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