One more weapon for the Chicago Bears offense is added
The compensatory picks have yet to be handed out, of course, but the Bears will likely have at least one and probably in the sixth round — that’s a safe bet, right now. With this selection, they choose to find another complementary running back to pair with David Montgomery and the returning Tarik Cohen.
Like Darden, running back Javian Hawkins is a smaller, quicker player with the ability to take it to the end zone on any given touch. The 5-foot-9 running back will be yet another option in the passing game, too, as Montgomery is the obvious choice to be the first and second-down back going forward.
Between Hawkins and Cohen, the Bears will have plenty of firepower behind Montgomery. Hawkins is a fantastic option to go in motion, taking handoffs on the run or a jet sweep. He’s a sensational athlete in the open field.
In his two most productive seasons at Louisville, Hawkins averaged about 6.0 yards per carry while scoring 16 touchdowns on the ground. This last season, he also caught 16 passes for 127 yards and a score.
Getting the Bears’ running back room in check and full of elusive playmakers will only add to Nagy’s arsenal, now featuring plenty of youth at wide receiver as well.