Change Up

In the pick obtained in the Cade McNown (199th overall) trade the Bears chose Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson.

With the departure of James Allen the Bears needed to add depth at running back. With Anthony Thomas cemented in as the starter Chicago looked to add a third down back with pass catching capabilities.

At 5-9, 205, Peterson was more than productive running the ball at 1-AA level gaining over 8,000 yards during his collegiate career, but only caught 30 balls. Meaning he might have trouble becoming the third down back the Bears covet.

Peterson was the 199th choice in the draft, which two years ago produced Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady.

Notes: Plays fullback in a spread offense and generally lines up very close to the line of scrimmage for a featured runner. Redshirted in 1997 after breaking his hand. Has been the featured runner in the offense the past four years and is the most productive back in the history of college football if you include his playoff yardage. Carried 257 times for 1,932 yards and 25 touchdowns in '98 (including playoffs: 365-2,606-34, 7.1-yard average) and caught five passes for 33 yards and one touchdown. Carried 248-1,807-29 during the '99 regular season and caught a career-high nine passes for 163 yards and one touchdown. Then rushed for 897 yards and 12 touchdowns in four playoff games to bring his final rushing totals to 353-2,704-40 (7.7-yard average). Carried 230-1,361-13 and caught 2-17-1 during the 2000 regular season, when he played in nine games. Played in the playoffs with a brace on his left elbow and ended the year with 338-2,056-19 and a 6.1-yard average per carry. Carried 281-1,612-20 in '01 and caught five passes for only four yards during the regular season.

Positives: Tough, determined inside runner who can pick and slide between the tackles. Peterson is built low to the ground with a good, strong base. He has very good balance, strong legs and the ability to break tackles. He has a knack for running inside and runs with good body lean. He will generally finish his runs and gains a great deal of yardage after contact. Peterson was extremely productive in college, has shown he will play hurt and always give 100 percent. He played late in the 1999 playoffs with a broken left big toe.

Negatives: Wishbone fullback who runs like one. Lacks size as a fullback and is not your traditional halfback or running back. Lacks speed and elusiveness and can't string moves together. When he runs outside and has to beat people wide and make a quick cut, he will struggle. Does not show much in the way of run skills in the open field. Is rarely used as a receiver, but the coaches say he can catch. Is a willing blocker but lacks technique and experience and will have to learn how to pick up the blitz. Stats were greatly enhanced by the system he was in and the fact that he played on a team that often dominated its competition.

Summary: Very, very productive college back who does not really fit the NFL mold but is too productive to overlook. Looks like Kenny King when he came out of Oklahoma but lacks King's superquickness, speed and explosiveness and is not as athletic.

The Bears went after Delaware receiver Jamin Elliot with the 203rd selection. The 5-11, 190 pounder had 30 receptions during his senior season good or 514 yards and three touchdowns. He also has return capability with legitimate 4.5 forth speed and should push for a roster spot.

With their last pick (210 overall) the Bears chose tight end Bryan Fletcher. The UCLA product has an athletic frame at 6-5, 236, but lacks the size to be a consistent blocker at the pro level.

Over four years Fletcher made 30 receptions for 423 yards and three touchdowns. He was ranked as the 24th best tight end by Pro Football Weekly.

Notes: Big little brother of Chargers RB Terrell Fletcher. Played football and basketball in high school. Redshirted in 1997. Played in 11-of-12 games in '98 but did not catch a pass. Had nine catches for 90 yards in '99 and 13-144 and two touchdowns in 2000, when he played in every game and got his first start. Started all but one game in '01 and caught 11-189-1.

Positives: Stepped up in '01 and won a starting job. Good athlete. Tall target. Has good hands and ball-catching skills. Is learning how to run pass routes. Improving blocker.

Negatives: Lacks power and punch as a blocker and can't get movement. Is not built to be an in-line blocker. Still raw around the edges. Does not always get good fits as a position blocker. Has some trouble releasing at times. Lacks top deep speed.

Summary: Could catch on as an H-back/TE type if he does well on special teams.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.

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