Playing the waiting game can be hard.
The Chicago Bears have finally made it to Day 3. My Ryan Pace senses are tingling. I spotted two guys I had on my board still valuable here. Sure, everybody will think well that’s not realistic. But isn’t it? Again, Riley Ridley and Emanuel Hall were going in the mid to late picks on Day 2 of the 2019 mock drafts.
One ended up going on the fourth round, and one was undrafted. I had to work in the trade market. I made a few phone calls and finally found a suitor. However, I had to give up one of the sixth and one of the seventh-round picks to move up 10 spots.
I probably could have waited since there were two of them. After selecting my player, I found that he might have still been there, but like Pace, I had a conviction about this player. I needed to make sure he was on the Chicago Bears roster.
153rd Overall Pick: Bradlee Anae, Edge – Utah
The Chicago Bears add a pass rusher in the fifth round. They tried this before with Kylie Fitts in the sixth round. While Fitts had all of the tools, he was injured a lot in college. That probably stunted his growth too much to overcome.
With Anae, he was productive and healthy in college and had all the traits. Anae is a true senior that had 29.5 sacks in his four years in school, with 40 tackles for loss. He stands at 6’3 and 257 pounds. He likely fell because while at the combine, all did was hurt his draft stock. He ran an unofficial 4.93 40 yard dash, 7.44 second 3-cone drill, with only a 31-inch vertical jump.
It is not that Anae isn’t explosive, he just is more of a pure power rusher that doesn’t’ lack effort. He plays at full speed all the time. Some will call Khalil Mack a power rusher, but he isn’t just that. Mack is a top edge rusher. He can do everything. Robert Quinn specializes in speed and bending.
Now, add in that power guy Anae. His go-to move is the long arm rush, shoving tackles into the ground like Mack. Just don’t expect Anae to combo his moves with any finesse moves. While he lacks explosive dynamics like Mack and Quinn, Anae has perfect timing jumping the snap. He will also use a punch and pull move to launch himself past the blocker to get toward the ball holder.
The next two draft selections are at the 196th and 233rd overall selection. The Miami dolphins gained the Eagles pick from the Jordan Howard trade and Khalil Mack trade seventh-rounder.