By Bryan Perez
The Chicago Bears had a successful 2018 NFL draft with several expected starters added during the critical early rounds. Roquan Smith, James Daniels and Anthony Miller will all have huge roles in their rookie seasons and should become long-term fixtures in the Bears’ starting lineup.
But the best draft classes extend beyond the early rounds and build depth on Day 3 and in undrafted free agency. GM Ryan Pace has been successful in this critical area of team building and may have done it again with RB Ryan Nall.
Nall signed with the Bears shortly after the draft concluded and was the team’s most well-known undrafted free agent after enjoying a productive career at Oregon State.
Nall proved during his time as a Beaver that he can be a good all-around running back who’s capable of doing damage as both a runner and receiver. He ended 2017 with 810 yards rushing, 240 yards receiving and 10 total touchdowns.
Despite his productive college career, Nall began training camp as a longshot to make the roster. With Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and Benny Cunningham locks to make the team, he has to prove valuable enough to force the Bears to keep four running backs on the final 53-man...