Bears Close Out Draft With Three Picks

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The Chicago Bears closed out the third and final day of the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday with three selections in the fourth and fifth rounds.

The Bears started the day by moving up five spots, trading the No. 117 and 197 overall picks to the Los Angeles Rams for the fifth pick in the fourth round (No. 112 overall) and selected DE Eddie Jackson from Alabama, a two-time All-SEC performer.

With the 13th pick in the fourth round (No. 119 overall), the Bears selected RB Tarik (TA-reek) Cohen from North Carolina A&T. Tarik, a speedy 5-6, 176-pounder, became the first player to win MEAC Offensive Player of the Year honors three times.

Then with the third pick in the fifth round, the Bears selected 6-3, 309-pound OL Jordan Morgan from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, who started all 43 games of his career.

Jackson, a 6-0, 194-pounder from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, owns the Alabama record for career interception return yards with 303 on nine interceptions. He was a first team All-SEC selection and a second team All-American in 2015 after making the transition to safety. He led the team in interceptions that year with six, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He then earned second team All-SEC honors last season despite playing in only eight games before suffering an injury.

Cohen helped lead the Aggies to a 9-3 regular-season record in 2016 and a berth in the FCS Playoffs. His 2016 campaign was a record-breaking one. He set single-season school records in rushing (1,588) and touchdowns (19) and earned All-America honors from four different outlets. Cohen leaves college as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s all-time leading rusher with 5,619 yards and its first three-time offensive player of the year.

A two-time little All-America first team selection, Morgan started all 43 games in his Golden Bear career at Kutztown. This season he was became the first offensive lineman in PSAC history to be named PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Year.

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