With the 10th pick in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears drafted William & Mary free safety DeAndre Houston-Carson.
The Bears have spent most of their draft picks addressing needs on the defensive side of the ball, and they have more specifically targeted the secondary in the later rounds. Houston-Carson became the third defensive back in their last four picks.
Houston-Carson was a consensus first-team FCS All-American last year who ran the fifth-best 40-yard dash among defensive backs at the Combine. He was a team captain and he fits the mold of the kind of football-minded player that head coach John Fox likes.
His NFL.com draft profile states: “Houston-Carson exudes confidence and football intelligence on the field and plays with the swagger of a D-1 safety. … His physical and mental tools are starter’s quality and his special teams talent should get him on the field right away.”
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