Ryan Pace, general manager of Chicago Bears, has a keen eye for talent in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. He has hit picks like Eddie Jackson (fourth round), Jordan Howard (fifth round) and Adrian Amos (fifth round) over the years, and hope is that one of his day 3 picks will continue this trend in 2020.
One player who has the chance to cross his draft slot is Georgia Southern’s cornerback, Kindle Vildor, which Pace selected in the fifth round of the draft in April. He was recently named rookie of the bears, which could be a surprise gem in 2020.
“We emphasize confidence when we talk about the corner position,” General Manager Ryan Pace told reporters. “And [Vildor] definitely has the confidence and gameplay we are looking for. An ability that can also be transferred to special teams, which will be particularly important at the beginning of its development. “
The first team’s two-time All-Sun Belt performer will have to hit some veterans for reps, but his man reporting and ball skills should fit well into the bear’s defensive system.
While most of the design attention was devoted to another Bears rookie cornerback, second-round winner Jaylon Johnson, Vildor has a chance to win a significant season as a rookie. Only Kyle Fuller is guaranteed a starting job at this point, and while Vildor is facing a tough fight to drop Buster Skrine for reps, there’s no reason to bet against him. Pace has always been a supporter of the best-performing competition, and if Vildor gets promoted for the occasion, the bears will waste little time in including him.
Vildor ended his college career with 94 tackles, nine interceptions and 25 defended passes.
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Kindle Vildor named Bears’ rookie, which could be a surprise gem in 2020. He originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago