With a run of running backs early in the third round, the Chicago Bears did not wait around, they traded up for David Montgomery
By the start of the third round, the Chicago Bears thought they were sitting well. Josh Jacobs went high, and Miles Sanders went after, as expected. However, the run had yet to come and the Chicago Bears had the chance to sit back and take the best back available.
That is until the Los Angelas Rams traded up for Darrell Henderson. The Bears were clearly interested in Henderson, who we profiled as one of the best running backs in the draft. Once Henderson was gone, the Bears felt a run coming and immediately traded up for David Montgomery.
The pick is not surprising, as Montgomery is one of the five running backs we identified as a player the team must take at 87. With Henderson off of the board, they felt it was time to ensure that they got one of those five runners.
In the trade, the team moved back 43 spots from round five into round six. They also tossed the Patriots a fourth-round pick next season. Being able to keep their 2019 pick, albeit a trade down helps as they do not have many assets.
Montgomery is not a big play back who burns with deep speed. However, he has great balance and lateral agility to break tackles. He is also a better pass catching option than Jordan Howard. The Bears are not done, but they have finally answered the biggest question of the offseason. They finally have their starting running back.