Georgia receiver Ridley leads Chicago Bears picks on final day of the draft

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ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Riley Ridley #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs catches a touchdown pass against Saivion Smith #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the third quarter during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Bears added more depth on both sides of the football Saturday on the final day of the NFL Draft. They added two players on offense and  two on defense.

Their first pick of the day in the fourth round was wide receiver Riley Ridley of Georgia continuing Ryan Pace’s affinity for Georiga players. Ridley becomes the fourth Georgia player drafted by Pace since joining the Bears.

If the Ridley name sounds familiar it’s because his older brother Calvin was a star receiver at Alabama. He now plays for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bears other picks Saturday were cornerback Duke Shelley of Kansas State, running back Kerrith Whyte of Florida Atlantic and cornerback Stephen Denmark of Valdosta State.

Bears Picks Saturday:
Rd. 4 (#126) WR-Riley Ridley (Georgia): In 2018 he led Georgia with 44 receptions for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore he stepped up in the NCAA Championship game hauling in six receptions for 82 yards. He is considered to be a physical, possession receiver with sure hands with below average speed. He ran a 4.58 in the 40 yard dash.
Rd. 5 (No pick)
Rd. 6 (#205) CB-Duke Shelley (Kansas State): Last season he made Second-Team All-Big 12. He started the first seven games of the year before suffering a season-ending toe injury.
In his four-year college career he had 165 tackles, eight interceptions and 39 passes defended. He has good speed and he might project well as a nickle cornerback.
Rd. 7 (#222) RB-Kerrith Whyte (Florida Atlantic): Last season he rushed for 866 yards and he scored eight touchdowns. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He also returned 19 kicks for 545 yards including a 100-yard return for a touchdown. He’s been decribed as a homerun hitter with excellent speed. He could make an impact as a kick returner.
Rd. 7 (#238) CB-Stephen Denmark (Valdosta State): He’s a former wide receiver who in two years as a defensive back totaled 107 tackles with 17 interceptions and 17 pass break-ups. Last season he had 55 tackles, 3 interceptions and 9 PBUs. Scout’s say he’s explosive but he lacks polish. He has excellent size at 6’4, 216lbs.

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