DL Jonathan Bullard
Round 3 , Pick 72
Team: Chicago Bears
Crest High School (Shelby, North Carolina)
33 5/8-inch arm length
23 reps on bench press
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 7 defensive end in the draft
No. 27 overall prospect
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.
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.”