Pick 224: Weston Steelhammer, SS, Air Force
Seventh round picks need to have something that makes them stand out. Either a superb athletic trait, incredible production, or a sure-fire way they can help the team.
Given the already established need for turnovers, it would be smart for the Bears to find someone who has a knack for getting his hands on the ball. Weston Steelhammer is just that kind of player.
Leading by example is definitely a way that I can help lead on the field.
Steelhammer not only has a cool name, but with 18 interceptions in the last three years, he has a definite skill for creating turnovers. He’s a student of the game who does all the little things and has said, “Leading by example is definitely a way that I can help lead on the field.”
He may not be as flashy as some of the other picks, but some players are just productive. They know how to find the ball. He’s also a very willing tackler, racking up 80 tackles each of the last two years. In both those ways, this three-time all Mountain West player is somewhat reminiscent of Bear great Mike Brown.
Drafting all defense may be unorthodox and risky, but it’s only one year, and the Bears have the chance to build a great, young defense. Of course, it all depends on free agency, but if somehow the Bears were able to nab a few key players on offense (e.g. QB, WR, TE, OT), and all defense draft might be pretty exciting.