Grading the Chicago Bears 2020 draft class after rookie season
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears Round 5, Pick No. 163 — Kindle Vildor | CB | Georgia Southern
As usual by Ryan Pace, he loves to draft the middle round small-school prospect. This was Kindle Vildor. After an outstanding junior season, Vildor went back to school and saw a small drop in production, but still played great. When the Bears selected him, I expected him to be a slot corner, but he saw time at the outside corner when Johnson went down to an injury.
Vildor showed promise as a rookie, but he got picked on down the stretch when Johnson couldn’t play. When targeted, he allowed a 70.6% completion and a 131.2 passer rating when targeted, and two touchdowns. I will give him the benefit of the doubt though as near the end of the season, it seemed everyone on defense regressed due to Pagano never adjusting his scheme.
Normally, this pick wouldn’t be good, but Vildor stepped up to the challenge as a fifth-round rookie. He may be able to move into the slot since he didn’t do great on the outside since Johnson and Fuller will be back and Buster Skrine will likely be gone. He could start in the slot, but he would have to compete with Duke Shelley and Tre Roberson.