Chicago Bears: 5 UDFAs with the best shot to make the final roster

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Chicago Bears, Artavis Pierce
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Artavis Pierce, Running Back

Personally, I have been raving about Artavis Pierce all offseason. His pure explosion is so exciting to watch he jumps off the screen as soon as he takes the ball. He hits the hole like a truck and accelerates through it with no fear, hesitation, or anything. This is why he would be a great fit.

Pierce was never a three-down back at Oregon State, but he got regular playing time. In his time, he set the career record for yards per carry with 5.8. His explosiveness is shown through that. In addition to his explosiveness, Pierce was very effective as a pass-catcher as well. Pierce caught 74 passes over his four-year career.

The great thing about Pierce is his versatility (see a common theme here?). Pierce has the ability to play both the David Montgomery “early-down back role”, but also has the ability to play the “change-of-pace back” that Tarik Cohen plays. Pierce can find holes well and accelerate through them quickly as an every-down back, but also can provide as a pass-catcher and give the defense a different look than the slower, more methodical Montgomery.

Pierce gives the Bears three different running backs that none are like each other. All three are different sizes, skillsets, strengths, weaknesses, etc. that they would be a perfect trio to run with. Currently, Pierce has to beat out fellow UDFA Napoleon Maxwell and former teammate Ryan Nall for the last spot.