5 Reasons the Chicago Bears Shouldn’t Draft Reuben Foster

Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) runs with the ball as Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster (10) defends in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) runs with the ball as Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster (10) defends in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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There are two major injury concerns with Reuben Foster.

Ryan Pace has to be severely cautious about injured players after Kevin White.  Foster has significant injury concerns, and there’s no way he can be the first round pick.

Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff is not normally a huge issue, but as recent as this week there were reports that Foster wasn’t healing well.

Concussions

Apparently Foster also has a concussion history with which to be concerned.  It’s happened enough that it’s almost a joke in the state, but most barbs come from Auburn fans.  The most recent concussion came last year against Arkansas.

Two years prior, this tweet – admittedly from an Auburn fan – raises an eyebrow about the question, “Exactly how many times has Reuben Foster been concussed?”

Previous to that, due to contact in the Spring 2014 A-Day game, he received his first documented collegiate concussion.

His concussion history goes back to at least his high school days.

His concussion history is often discussed, and virtually never discussed without it being referenced in the plural.  There’s definitely two on his record, and likely more.  After all, he’s also had several “stingers.”  Those “stingers” usually come as the result of head/neck trauma, and that is precisely how Foster delivers his most obliterating hits.

Long story short, Reuben Foster is low on the priority list for the Bears, there are better players at more deficient positions available, and his injury concern is too great.  Ryan Pace and John Fox would be crazy to draft Foster at #3, or anywhere else in the first round.