After addressing the defense with five of their first six picks, the Chicago Bears switched to offense by drafting Indiana running back Jordan Howard in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Bears let veteran running back Matt Forte walk via free agency this offseason and appeared to hand over the reigns to last year’s rookie Jeremy Langford. But the Bears clearly want to create competition and add depth to the position.
Howard is the perfect complement to Langford. Whereas Langford possesses the home-run threat, Howard is anything but that. Howard can still be a starting running back in the NFL, but he’s never going to outrun defenders for the end zone. He’s a decisive running back who picks his spots and hits them hard, an ideal short-yardage option.
One AFC running backs coach said this about Howard to NFL.com: “He’s the best pure running back in this draft. I’ve coached some good ones and he’s what you look for. His injuries will knock him back a round or so, and he’s not as well-rounded as Ezekiel Elliott is, but I think this kid is the best runner in this year’s draft.”
The Bears might have gotten good value in the fifth round in Howard.