By Chris Emma–
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — The picks are in. The Bears have completed their 2016 draft class.READ MORE: After Witnessing Shooting On West Side, Wicker Park Woman Says Her Family No Longer Feels Safe And Is Moving From The City
Bears general manager Ryan Pace, coach John Fox and their second-year regime completed a draft with nine selections — each of the seven rounds represented — and four trades.
Let’s take a look at the Bears’ 2016 draft class:
Round 1, Pick 9 — Leonard Floyd, OLB (Georgia)
Bio: Explosive edge rusher who should be an instant starter in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense. The only question with Floyd is whether he can add enough size to his slender 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame.
Quote: “I felt like it was a dream come true being drafted by the Bears.” — Floyd
Round 2, Pick 56 — Cody Whitehair, OG (Kansas State)
Bio: The Bears twice traded down in the second round to add to their interior line, drafting Whitehair, an All-Big 12 player with the Wildcats. Now, the Bears will have competition in place on the offensive line.
Quote: “A guy we really liked in this whole process.” — Pace
Round 3, Pick 72 — Jonathan Bullard, DT (Florida)
Bio: Perhaps one of the best steals in the entire draft, Bullard had a first-round grade and fell down to the third round. The Bears were thrilled he was there.
Quote: “I’m going to give you all I got when I’m out there.” — Bullard
Round 4, Pick 113 — Nick Kwiatkoski, LB (West Virginia)
Bio: The Bears moved up four spots to draft Kwiatkoski, adding greater depth at linebacker. This marked Chicago’s fourth trade of the draft.
Quote: “I play hard-nosed linebacker. I like to hit, I like to be physical. But I’m also versatile.” — KwiatkoskiREAD MORE: Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine More Than 90% Effective At Protecting Kids
Round 4, Pick 124 — Deon Bush, S (Miami)
Bio: In Bush, the Bears have added a physical safety with great instincts. He used to look up to Antrel Rolle, another Miami player. Now, Bush may replace him.
Quote: “I like to put fear in my opponent.” — Bush
Round 4, Pick 127 — Deiondre’ Hall, CB (Northern Iowa)
Bio: A versatile player with tackle-like long arms, Hall can play either cornerback or safety for the Bears.
Quote: “I’ve always kind of tried to model my game after him … getting that ball out.” — Hall on former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman
Round 5, Pick 150 — Jordan Howard, RB (Indiana)
Bio: The Bears drafted a bellcow in the fifth round, with the 230-pound Howard expected to make an impact in Chicago’s backfield. Fox likes to have that stable of options.
Quote: “I’m going to come in and prove that I can play.” — Howard
Round 6, Pick 185 — DeAndre Houston-Carson, S (William & Mary)
Bio: Houston-Carson’s a skilled specialist who compiled nine blocks over his collegiate career, earning FCS All-American honors at safety.
Quote: “Special teams is huge for me. I take a lot of pride in that.” Houston-Carson
Round 7, Pick 230 — Daniel Braverman, WR (Western Michigan)
Bio: Braverman was the only receiver in college football last season to record at least 100 catches, 1,350 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. The Bears have a solid slot receiver option.
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