Chicago Bears Mock Draft (Rounds 4-7)

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4th Round (2nd pick)

RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas (5’11 | 220 | 4.59)

The Bears made a significant offer for Broncos RB C.J. Anderson which makes me think that they aren’t completely comfortable with Jeremy Langford as the work-horse back. Back-up Ka’Deem Carey flashed some surprising power last season, but he wasn’t a pick of this regime and they may be looking for an upgrade in the RB rotation.

Williams shares a couple traits with Anderson in that he runs well inside and can be a reliable short-yardage. His good bulk, quick-feet, and willingness to lower his shoulder for a few extra yards give Williams a lot of potential between the tackles. He led Arkansas in rushing in 2014 with 1,190 yards and 12 TDs and was considered a top back in the draft coming into the 2015 season before a foot injury ended his season before it started.

A former team captain, Williams has gotten rave reviews from both coaches and teammates for his locker room presence. He also has excellent vision to find the right hole, the patience to let blocks develop, a shifty jump-cut, can make people miss in the open field, and has good hands out of the backfield. There is a lot to like about Williams, but he did fumble five times as a sophomore in 2014. The foot injury that caused him to miss last season could also be a red flag for teams, but could work in the Bears favor if it drops him this far in the draft. I’d be fine with the Bears taking Williams a pick or two earlier.

Next: Round 5