Chicago Bears: Trading back in NFL Draft leads to a retooled offense
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears Draft: Round 6, Pick No. 221 and 228
Finding potential in the late rounds of the NFL Draft is key. Tedarrell Slaton is exploding with that. He is a mammoth of a human weighing around 360 pounds and standing at 6′ 5″. He is nearly impossible for offensive guards to block one-on-one due to his pure size. He is mainly used as a run-stuffing defensive lineman and not on the field for third-down situations. He projects as a nose tackle at the next level.
Slaton can easily learn from an elite nose tackle in Eddie Goldman who will be back next season. The Chicago Bears do need depth on their defensive line. With Roy Robertson-Harris and Brent Urban gone through free agency, they need more help and Slaton could be a nice developmental piece for them to add.
Israel Mukuamu is another hard player to project. The 6′ 4″ cornerback expects to play safety at the next level but doesn’t have much experience there. He is viewed by some teams as a cornerback due to that outstanding size, but his versatility is desired elsewhere. Mukuamu has shown flashes multiple times, but never put it together.
Mukuamu could benefit from learning behind the loaded defensive back rooms the Bears currently have if you include this draft. He then could find where he fits best and sticks with it while being a constant contributor on special teams. Regardless, his measurables are worth the dart throw to see if he could stick.