136th overall: Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati
An undersized linebacker may not be what Chicago Bears’ fans are looking for, but Pace isn’t your typical “small” linebacker. He possesses a unique blend of toughness and athleticism that should see him on the field early in his career. He’s been very productive the last two seasons, finishing with 262 tackles including 34.5 for loss. His motor and fearless demeanor will help alleviate concerns over his lack of size in the NFL.
148th overall (from NE): Andrew Voorhees, G, USC
Andrew Voorhees is a day-2 level player, but an unfortunate injury sustained at the NFL combine will likely see him slip in the draft. While he may be a year away from any real contribution, the Chicago Bears can look to add someone whose future value far outweighs the risk. Voorhees is an experienced blocker, who has been a model of consistency throughout his career. He’ll be competing for a starting spot by the time his second year begins. A tremendous value at this point in the draft.
218th overall: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA
It’s never a bad idea to take a quarterback towards the back end of the draft. Thompson-Robinson was a five-year starter, who seemed to develop into a more polished passer over last season. While his decision-making will require a lot more work before he sees consistent playing time, he has the upside to become a productive backup.
258th overall: Trey Dean III, S, Florida
Expectations are essentially tempered at this point in the draft, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find prospects with valuable traits worth developing. Dean III requires a lot more development in reading schemes and diagnosing plays, but his athletic traits make him worth a late-round selection. He will have to prove himself on special teams, but has the upside to make some noise.