Donnie Zelaya

The Bears Brawl Chief Editor and Senior Writer

In the NFL Draft 7th round draft picks are often met with indifference and little fanfare. Kerrith Whyte and Stephen Denmark look to change that narrative. A quick look at who they are and what skills they bring to the Chicago Bears.

 

Kerrith Whyte languished behind Devin Singletary at Florida Atlantic University for a majority of the season, but he still managed to make a name for himself both as a kick returner and running back. His 10 touchdowns on only 144 touches last season proves he is a legitimate threat whenever he handles the football. As long as he maintains his tough, decisive, down hill running style, Whyte could very easily make this team as a key special teams contributor and even see 5-8 touches on offense. Thinking about the possibility of Montgomery, Cohen, and Whyte in the backfield at the same time would strike fear in any defensive coordinator. Somewhere, Matt Nagy is drawing up plays on his white board and grinning from ear to ear.

 

 

 

Stephen Denmark is a low risk, high reward selection for the Bears. A converted defensive back from receiver, Denmark has the size (6’3″ and 220 lbs) to lock up with bigger receivers at the line of scrimmage and push them off their intended route disrupting the rhythm of the play. In addition he possesses good speed (4.46 in the 40) to stay with top receivers or as a gunner on special teams. A raw athlete, he fits the developmental mold of a Ryan Pace late round selection – athletic, aggressive, and confident. Chuck Pagano will love coaching him up and molding another defensive weapon. Worst case, he’s a practice squad player the Bears stash and develop. Best case, he makes the roster and becomes a key contributor on special teams. Either way, he’s a project with the makings of a significant contributor for the future.