The Chicago Bears traded up four slots on Saturday from pick No. 117 to No. 113 to draft West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Bears have been aggressive remodeling their linebacking corps this offseason. After adding veterans Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman via free agency, they traded up in two separate instances to draft Leonard Floyd in the first round and Kwiatkoski in the fourth.
Kwiatkoski is 6-2 and 243 pounds and is an explosive tackler. His draft profile on NFL.com says he’s a “former safety with a feel for what is developing around him.” He’s no Brian Urlacher, but that speaks volumes about the kind of football player he is to be able to make that transition and excel at it.
Kwiatkoski is a tough and active, hard-nosed player, but he’ll have to clear up concerns about his ability to shed blocks and be physical at the point of attack.