Running back depth is found in the fourth round by the Chicago Bears
At pick 101, which the Bears snagged in their earlier trade with the Browns, they add a dynamic running back to fill out their backfield in North Carolina’s Michael Carter.
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When reading through scouting reports and watching him on film, it’s pretty funny just how perfect he seems for the Bears. Carter projects as a solid “1B” running back in a two-back system. The Draft Network calls him an ideal player in this role, especially if the “1A” running back possesses a bit more power — like David Montgomery.
Carter isn’t as big as Montgomery but certainly doesn’t lack in talent. He’s an elusive back who sees a lane, makes a cut and hits it. His production over the last couple of years is unquestioned. Carter has done it all and has proven he’s someone an NFL offense can count on in multiple roles.
Over his four years at North Carolina, Carter has caught 82 passes for 626 yards in addition to his 3,404 yards on the ground. That gives him a whopping 4,000 yards from scrimmage during his time with the Tar Heels.
In a 2020 season where many players struggled to look the same as they did in 2019, Carter took his game up a notch. He enjoyed his best season yet, rushing for over 1,200 yards and scoring nine touchdowns on the ground. Carter averaged a career-best 8.0 yards per carry, too, which is an impressive number.
Carter immediately makes the Bears’ backfield a dangerous triple threat.