7. Jordan Howard, RB, Fifth Round, Indiana
This position was the toughest between Howard and the player ranked sixth on this list, but truth be told, Howard is the next safest selection. First, the expectations of a fifth round pick are low, and because the NFL is now a pass-happy league, the value of the running back has dropped and better backs are available later in the draft.
Fifteen or twenty years ago a player of Howard’s talent level would have been a second round pick, but now, he falls all the way to the fifth round. Because of Howard’s bruising nature, Howard’s effectiveness may only last four to six years, but you can expect Howard to be an excellent goal line and short yardage back and could also be a workhorse if the Bears choose to use him this way.
Howard and Jeremy Langford should make an excellent compliment to each other and Howard should be an NFL running back that is very effective between the tackles. This was a great value for the Bears in the fifth round.