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The Pros and cons of Bears third-rounder Jonathan Bullard

Instant analysis of Chicago Bears third round defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard.

After an eventful second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears kept it short and to the point in the 3rd round taking defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard out of the University of Florida.

Bullard (6-3, 285) shares a similar size and overall body to former 49ers great Justin Smith. Projected as a late-first, early-second-round pick by most, the Bears are getting a great value in the 3rd round here.

In his final year at Florida, Bullard broke out with 63 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. He’s often looked at as an ascending player, especially in terms of a pass rusher.

Bullard will be a welcomed addition to a completely revamped front seven and should see a good volume of snaps in his rookie year.

Pros

Quick twitch player with an explosive first step and a nose for the ball. Sheds blocks well and use of hands is a strength. High motor player and a well above average athlete. Good against the run, with a high ceiling as a pass rusher.

Cons

Not ideal size for a two-gap 5-technique. Limited pass-rushing technique and overall moves. Has tendency to overrun ball carrier. Somewhat of an overall raw prospect.

Overall

The Bears get a very nice value pick in the 3rd round with Bullard. Yes he is somewhat of a developmental player, especially as a pass rusher, but could truly fit the Justin Smith role in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s defense. Bullard will give the team multiple options in sub packages and, with a good training camp, could start Week 1 alongside Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks along Chicago's defensive line.

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