Bears Draft Targets – RB (Part 2)

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10.) Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego St (5’9, 180) – A little too small to be an every-down back at the next level,  but Pumphrey has been an extremely productive back since his freshmen year. He’s taken his production to new levels as a senior. Despite being the main focus of opposing defenses, Pumphrey is leading the FBS in rushing with 1,924 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs.

Pumphrey is a burner with a 40 times as low as 4.33, he also breaks a surprising amount of tackles for his size, has soft enough hands to play the slot if needed, elite vision allowing him to find holes in traffic, and the change-of-direction skills to make people miss badly in the open field. He has the look of an ideal 3rd-down back, a Darren Sproles clone, who would bring a different dimension to the Bears backfield.

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11.) Marlon Mack, South Florida (6’0, 205) – Already a two-time first-team All-AAC player and he’s only a junior. Mack has been the Bulls workhorse since stepping on the field as a freshman and has increased his yards per carry from 5.2 to 6.6 to 6.9 near the end of his junior season.

Mack has increased his contributions as a receiver as well with a career-high 25 catches already this season. He has done it all for his team, despite defenses keying on him since early in his sophomore year. Mack is a sleeper in the draft right now, but by the time April rolls around he could be long gone by day three.