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The 2019 NFL draft is over and the priority undrafted free agent period has cooled down. So https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/James-Daniels-Jersey (https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/James-Daniels-Jersey) , now we go through the exercise of giving out way too early "grades" on players that have never touched an NFL field!" NFL DraftLatest NewsNewsChicago Bears: Way too early 2019 NFL Draft gradesNew,201commentsThe 2019 NFL draft is over and the priority undrafted free agent period has cooled down. So, now we go through the exercise of giving out way too early “grades” on players that have never touched an NFL field!CDTAfter 11 months of grueling preparation for most teams and draft analysts, the three-day event that is the NFL draft has officially come and gone. It was a fast and furious weekend in the football world, even if the Bears didn’t make their first selection until late Friday evening.In the Ryan Pace era, many weren’t used to not seeing the Chicago Bears make a first or second round selection. But because of the pair of trades that gave them Khalil Mack and Anthony Miller, they found themselves playing the waiting game more than most teams.“Grading” this draft for the Bears was a little more difficult than usual. Yes, they only made five picks and none before the middle of the third round, but there are multiple factors to consider here.The trades and production of both Mack and Miller.The quality of players they were still able to find with limited picks.Pace absolutely killed the undrafted free agent portion of this exercise.With this in mind, I’m going to try and fairly evaluate what they did this weekend, without focusing too much on what they did this past season to put themselves in the position they were.(#73) Third Round: RB David Montgomery (Iowa State)Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports*Bears traded #87, #162 and a 2020 fourth rounder to Patriots for #73 and #205After just two running backs going in the first two rounds of the draft, a run started in the third round and it was apparent that Pace felt the need to trade up to land his guy. A few picks before Montgomery, the Rams shocked quite a few people and took Darrell Henderson (Memphis), which left just Montgomery and Damien Harris as the only top-tier running backs left on the board.Now, I’m not a big fan of the value Pace gave up to move 15 picks, but at least he kept both of his second rounders for 2020. As far as Montgomery goes, I had him graded as my fourth running back and most major publications had him graded as a late second or early third round pick. So in terms of the value of the player, it was a good pick. In terms of fit, he’s also a very good pick. Most will focus on straight line speed, but ignore the fact that he’s well-rounded. He can catch, he can run inside or outside zone and is a good pass protector. On top of that, he has some of the deadliest cuts coming out of the draft and led the FBS in broken/missed tackles over the past two years.He was also regarded as one of Iowa State’s top leaders and was called a “culture changer” once head coach Matt Campbell took over the program. He’s exactly the type of pick that Pace loves to make and one that should pay off from Day 1.Montgomery Grade: B+(#126) Fourth Round: WR Riley Ridley (Georgia)John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsStarting off Day 3, it appeared that there would be maximum value at the defensive back position. Yet, as the picks started to fly, that depth started to dissipate and Pace found himself in yet another situation where he took the best player available on his board. That happened to be Ridley, who was projected as a second round pick by most publications.Riley is the brother of Calvin Ridley Aaron Lynch Jersey (https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Aaron-Lynch-Jersey) , who was the Atlanta Falcon’s first round pick in 2018. Calvin had a break out year and some believe that Riley possess a similar skill set and ceiling. The biggest difference between the two? Riley’s production was not nearly as prolific at Georgia as his older brother’s was at Alabama.The 21-year-old fits the profile of a player with all the tools to be successful at the NFL level, yet has not come close to reaching his full potential. That can be viewed as a good or bad thing, but in the case of the Bears, they saw opportunity. The main reason to be optimistic? Ridley’s route running is something that will help him transition much easier.With any mid-round pick, there’s always going to be a sense of risk, but the fact that Pace was able to land Ridley at this point in the draft should only mean good things for the Bears down the road.Ridley Grade: A(#205) Sixth Round: CB Duke Shelley (Kansas State)Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY SportsAdmittedly so, this was the first pick that I caught myself asking “Who?”. This is coming from an Oklahoma Sooners fan, who watches the Big 12 every weekend. Then I remembered that I rarely focus on defense because it is indeed the Big 12.So I had to turn back to the tape to get a better idea of exactly who the Bears got and I have to say, I’m impressed. Shelley is smaller (5’9, 181 pounds) and as Pace confirmed in their concluding presser, he will play in the slot as a nickel back. He’s an aggressive player that isn’t afraid to press off the line of scrimmage and most importantly, he’s a hard hitter.He may take some time to develop, but it seems as if defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has a “type” at defensive back and that’s feistiness. Expect Shelley to develop into a bigger role as time goes on.Shelly Grade: B-(#222) Seventh Round: Kerrith Whyte (Florida Atlantic)Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsHeading into Day 3, I thought running back was either a position they’d address again in the late rounds or use some of their resources to pull in a top priority undrafted free agent. Turns out, the Bears were thinking along the same lines and decided to target another speedster with big play ability in Whyte.Most people are probably aware of Devin Singletary, who was the FAU’s leading rushing and primary back. But Whyte was the guy that made a lot happen in a lesser capacity due to his speed. He ran a sub 4.4 time at his Pro Day after being snubbed for the combine and has big time ability as both a part-time runner and pass catcher.The team already has Tarik Cohen as a play maker and Cordarrelle Patterson is another guy that fits in that role as well. Even so, Whyte could prove to be a valuable pickup and is also an excellent special teamer that can return both kicks and punts. This is one of the more underrate selections in the final few rounds of the draft.Whyte Grade: A(#238) Seventh Round: Stephen Denmark (Valdosta State)It wouldn’t be a Bears draft without Pace going with at least one small school player. This year, it’s a physical freak in Denmark. Honestly, I still have zero clue as to where Valdosta State is, but I do know it’s a Division Two school and one that I wasn’t aware of until earlier today. Even so, Denmark’s testing numbers were off the charts. He’s a converted receiver and just transitioned to cornerback within the past year. He’s a raw player with a lot of physical ability. His height and overall length made him attractive, but he’s going to be a project and one that the Bears will have to be careful protecting. I don’t see a big role in Year 1, but he’s also someone that may not survive waiver claims on the practice squad. His development over the next few months will be very interesting to monitor.Denmark Grade: B-Priority Undrafted Free AgencyI’m not going to get too heavy into this because there are 31 names that have either been signed or are being brought in on a tryout basis for next weekend’s rookie mini-camp.With that being said, I’d like to highlight a few names as to why I truly believe Pace blew the doors off this portion of the draft process.WR Emanuel Hall (Missouri)TE Dax Raymond (Utah State)OL Alex Bars (Notre Dame)How these three players went undrafted is somewhat baffling to me. Now, obviously we see this happen each year, but especially for a player like Hall, I was shocked when he was still on the board heading into Day 3 Kevin White Color Rush Jersey (https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Kevin-White-Jersey) , much less into this portion of the process. Hall had many projections in the third round due to his speed and overall ability. Raymond comes from a smaller school and the production wasn’t overly crazy, but he was still someone that he should have had his name called on Saturday, even if it was later in the day. Bars also fits that mold, but I would imagine that Harry Hiestand had a decent amount of pull in bringing him in. This may some hyperbolic, but I truly believe Bars can be Kyle Long’s replacement in a year or two. Health is the key for him, but if healthy, he’s a third or fourth round interior lineman.UDFA Grade: A+Overall GradeAgain, the Bears found themselves without a pick in the first two rounds and that needs to be taken into account. But even so, it’s hard not to like what Pace was able to do with limited resources. In a lot of ways, he took a few ingredients and turned it into damn-near a full draft worth of acceptable and borderline good talent with the help of his undrafted group.Guys like Montgomery and Ridley are going to contribute on Day 1, while others like Whyte will play roles and that’s completely fine. Pace’s track record speaks for itself, especially in the middle rounds and undrafted portion.All in all, I came away pretty impressed and more than satisfied with what they ended up acquiring and for that, I have to give this a good grade.Overall Grade: B Defensive lineman Darryl Johnson sees hope for small-school players all around the NFL.One of his former teammates at North Carolina A&T, running back Tarik Cohen, plays for the Chicago Bears. Another ex-college teammate, offensive lineman Brandon Parker, landed with the Oakland Raiders. Cornerback Tony McRae, a third A&T alum, is with the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, another Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference alum, is the league's newest defensive rookie of the year.Johnson knows the names, stories and backgrounds and it's convinced him that he can be the next guy on the list."He's a guy from an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), who put in a lot of hard work and that's what I do," Johnson said Saturday when asked about Leonard. "He's a relentless effort guy and I'm the same way."Making it to the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis could help pro scouts determine if they see the same similarities.While Johnson is not the biggest name in a crowded class of talented pass-rushing ends and fast linebackers and he's not one of the enormous run stuffers, he certainly presents an intriguing profile.At 6-foot-6, 253 pounds https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Riley-Ridley-Jersey (https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Riley-Ridley-Jersey) , Johnson is long and lean, like Leonard.Johnson recorded 16 1/2 sacks over the past two seasons, earning first-team all-conference honors both years and last year's MEAC defensive player of the year award — which Leonard took in2016 and 2017.Like Leonard, Johnson relies on speed to play sideline to sideline and, like Leonard, Johnson describes himself an underdog with something to prove."Coming from a HBCU, coming out early, I feel like I'm making a statement for all the HBCUs so they won't sleep on black college football," said Johnson, a redshirt junior who gave up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft. "A lot of legends played back college football."Where exactly Johnson fits into this year's draft is still to be determined.But his much is clear: Passing on small-school college players comes with its own perils.Two of the NFL's greatest players — the late Walter Payton and Jerry Rice — attended HBCUs in Mississippi. Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title after playing at Delaware. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was taken No. 2 overall after competing for Football Championship Subdivision power North Dakota State and receivers Tyreek Hill and Adam Thielen played Division II at West Alabama and Minnesota State, before winning jobs with the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings.This year's draft class should be no exception.Pass-rushing specialist Oshane Ximines became the first Old Dominion player to make the Senior Bowl, could be the first player drafted from the Virginia school and if things go well between now and April, he could be a first-round pick.Ximines was a late bloomer. He didn't start playing football until he was a high school freshman then moved from safety to the defensive line after growing six inches and adding 30 pounds between his freshman and sophomore seasons."My parents knew nothing about football," Ximines said. "They're from Jamaica so they leaned mostly toward soccer. But when I told my mom I got my first scholarship offer, she was like 'They offer scholarships for that?'"Ximines didn't just take the scholarship he made the most of his opportunity after redshirting his first year on campus. He finished his career with 33 sacks, 51 1/2 tackles for loss and 11 forced fumbles — all school records — and the kind of moniker coaches and general managers love to hear."We say he's the ultimate Monarch," said Old Dominion receiver Travis Fulgham who is also at the combine. "He's a perfect student-athlete. He's always making big plays for us. He's a leader on and off the field."Then there's defensive lineman John Cominsky, an Ohio native who played quarterback in high school and needed a recommendation just to get a shot at playing for the University of Charleston.Now, after turning heads there, he's on the verge of becoming the first draftee from that Division II school."I think you just have to dominate at your level and make enough noise," Cominsky said. "You can do it wherever you play. You just have to make some plays."And after hearing the advice of Cohen and Parker and watching McRae and Leonard succeed, Johnson believes this is his chance to make a splash."Everybody in the MEAC is fast," Johnson said. "We're not the biggest guys, but we run to the ball and I think that helps us as the league changes."