Bears Day 2 Draft Prospects: Running Backs

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C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame (6’0 | 220 | 4.43) – 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 is raw and still needs to learn the nuances of the running back position, but flashed elite talent at times.

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, but it may take him a few years to get there due to his inexperience at the position. 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.

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