2016 Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock 1.0

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4th round – RB C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame (6’1 | 220 | 4.50) 

If the Bears keep Matt Forte, than this pick makes less sense but it’s sounding more likely that they let Forte leave in free agency. I don’t necessarily agree with that move, but if Forte is gone then the Bears will need some more depth at running back. Ka’Deem Carey flashed some ability last season, but was drafted by the old regime and doesn’t offer anything that Langford doesn’t. Prosise started his college career as a safety, then switched to wide receiver, then moved to running back just last season due to an injury depleted depth chart.

In his first year at any level as a running back, Prosise averaged 6.6 yards per carry, scored 11 TDs, and rushed for 1,032 yards despite missing the last few games of the season. He has ideal size for the position,  showed surprisingly good vision as a first year back, was able to change direction in traffic without losing speed, fought through contact to gain extra yards, and flashed an extra gear in the open field to out-run defensive backs.

Prosise’s history as a receiver gives him added value as he can play out of the slot with Langford at running back or be a reliable 3rd down receiver out of the backfield. Prosise has the size, potential, and agility to be a #1 RB in the NFL. John Fox has always shown a preference for a running back committee and Prosise could team with Langford for a potentially explosive 1-2 RB combo.