For the second consecutive year, the Chicago Bears selected a running back in the NFL Draft, nabbing Jeremy Langford in the fourth round.
Langford, a Michigan State product, had 276 carries for 1522 yards and 22 touchdowns during the 2014 season. He eclipsed 100 yards rushing in 10 consecutive games (a school record), and he finished his collegiate career with 40 touchdowns and nearly 3000 yards rushing.
He began his collegiate career as a wide receiver and cornerback at Michigan State, but switched to running back full time for the 2013 season. He improved his technique quite a bit in those years at the school, and fans will be impressed by both his lateral quickness and his willingness to lock in pass protection.
Langford was criticized by some scouts for his unwillingness to take the ball up the middle of the field, and he could end up requiring a change-of-pace bruising running back alongside him if he’s going to be the heir apparent to Matt Forte in Chicago.