Terrell Burgess and Julian Blackmon formed one of the most potent safety duos in college football last season. Burgess projects closely to strong safety and is projected to go between rounds four and six. He ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine last month.
With that speed, why is he projected to be a mid-to-late round pick? He split the majority of his time at Utah, playing both wide receiver and defensive back but made the switch to defense his senior year.
I’d imagine there will be some apprehension taking him, but he performed on a high-level last year. He started all 14 games at the strong safety position, and his 81 tackles were third-best on the team. He was credited with 0.5 sack and two fumble recoveries while intercepting a ball as well.
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On film, he has good instincts but gets caught flat-footed on some plays. His quick speed allows him to recover and run with wide receivers.
Safety is, by no means, the Chicago Bears’ most significant need in the draft. If anything, they should focus on improving the offensive line first and foremost if they want Mitchell Trubisky and the running game to improve upon last year’s disaster.
However, given the uncertainty and inexperience at the position, it wouldn’t hurt for Pace to use one of his seven picks in the upcoming draft to find another ball hawk at the top of the defense.