Jonathan Bullard to the Bears in Round 3

Former Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard is headed to the Chicago Bears vis the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

DL Jonathan Bullard

Drafted

Round 3 , Pick 72

Team: Chicago Bears

Bio Info

Crest High School (Shelby, North Carolina)
6-3
285
4.93 40
33 5/8-inch arm length
10-inch hands
23 reps on bench press

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Five-star prospect
No. 7 defensive end in the draft
No. 27 overall prospect

Florida  Career:

Bullard is the epitome of someone that should stick around for the extra year of college. He is a guy that progressed every single year on campus at Florida. Strictly an outside rusher in his first two years, the former five-star high school lineman moved to play more of an inside role as he got older. He finished with 178 career tackles and every year those numbers increased. As a senior, he showed tremendous quickness, strength, and tenacity up front finishing with a team leading 17.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

http://www.scout.com/player/148919-jonathan-bullard?s&year=2016

Bullard was a First Team All-American by CBSSports.com and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. He was a unanimous First Team All-SEC selection as a senior as well.

Expert Breakdown:  “Has the frame to add more functional strength and mass and may need to since his best fit appears to be as a 1­-gapping defensive tackle in an attacking scheme. Bullard can be a very disruptive player off the snap when his pad level is good and he’s an excellent tackler allowing no broken or missed tackles all season. Bullard will need to improve his pass rush and add necessary size, but he is an ascending talent whose game should continue to improve at the next level.” – Lance Zierlein (NFL.com)

 

Bullard on coming back for his senior year: “It helped me a lot. I matured as a person and as a football player. I learned different habits, studied more. Sometimes it is just a maturity thing. I watched more film and I think that will help me in the long run. I improved my maturity level and how hard I work. When the NFL comes out and tells you that you aren’t ready, I used that as a chip, went in and worked hard and think I played like one of the best defensive linemen in the country.”

 


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