Chicago Bears Rumors: Team Seriously Targeting RB in the 2014 NFL Draft

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All offseason long, the talk around the Chicago Bears has been about beefing up their defense, which was one of the worst in the NFL in 2013. Bears general manager Phil Emery has done more than enough thus far in fulfilling that goal. Although there are a few other things needed on the defensive side of the ball, signs seem to be pointing in the direction of the Bears selecting a running back in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Adding depth to the backfield would be an excellent move for head coach Marc Trestman and the Bears’ offense. Currently, Chicago only has Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte and second-year running back Michael Ford on the roster. Emery and the rest of the organization severed ties with backup running back Michael Bush last month, leaving ample room in the backfield.

It’s been reported that the Bears had workouts with a couple of pro prospects during this offseason. Recently, Chicago’s coaching staff visited Wisconsin running back James White in Madison for a private session. In addition, the Bears invited Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas to Halas Hall for a workout as well.

Both White and Thomas are projected to go somewhere in the fifth or sixth rounds, and both possess skills that would help them flourish in Trestman’s offensive scheme. However, they aren’t the only backs in the draft that could end up in the Windy City.

Florida State’s James Wilder Jr. has the size (6-foot-3, 232-pounds) to help in short-yardage situations, as well as Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney.

Regardless of who is available when the Bears are on the clock for any of their seven picks during the draft, selecting a running back needs to be somewhere on their priority list if they want to build on their offensive success from 2013.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.

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  • Dakota

    Bring Thomas in PLEASE!

    • Clyde A. Speller

      Thomas would be a good addition.

  • FJ doreza

    Thomas would be nice, even as slot WR or KR and a 3rd down back, like Dennis Gentry was. Unless he can bulk up he might be too small as an every down back. Dri Archer could be another similar player to look at. The question is do they want a big, power back with good speed, Ford is not tall but at 5-9 210 he is a power back with good speed, or are they looking for a Forte type back. Here are a few options FB/TE with good hands that run like RB’s after the catch. Trey Millard, Gator Hoskins, AC Leonard and a couple RB’s with excellent speed..Jerick McKinnon is an amazing athlete that ran a 4.38 40 40 vert. 11 jump, 32 reps.He was used as a RB,QB,WR,DB and could probably be used as a KR..Damien Williams at 5-10 220 is big and fast 4.4′s a quick and agile runner with pass catching ability..all of these players could be late round picks with high value.

    • Clyde A. Speller

      Nice Dennis Gentry reference. Thomas reminds me of Dexter McCluster in Kansas City. If they do get Thomas, they would still need someone other than Forte to rely on in short-yardage situations.

  • Nick Garren

    thomas could be had with either 6th rd pick..

    • Clyde A. Speller

      Yes he could. The Bears could use the higher picks for more defense, and possibly a QB.