Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chicago Bears Take North Carolina A&T Elusive Running Back Tarik Cohen in 4th Round of 2017 NFL Draft

CHICAGO, Illinois -- With Jordan Howard in the fold, running back was not a major area of need for the Chicago Bears heading into the 2017 NFL Draft. That being said, they just took a shot on an exciting player at the position, as they drafted Tarik Cohen in the fourth round.

Cohen was an explosive back at North Carolina A&T who showed ridiculous speed and quickness with the ball in his hands. For his amazing change of direction quickness, Tarik was nicknamed the “Human Joystick.” Simply put, this guy can make anyone miss in the open field.
Cohen clearly has ridiculous elusiveness and has the speed to take it to the house from anywhere on the field. He is also a strong receiver out of the backfield and should be a great change of pace back to compliment Howard.

I projected Cohen as a possible target for the Chicago Bears over a month ago. I think this explanation from that post helps give us an idea of Cohen as a player.

An extremely slippery and elusive runner, Cohen is ridiculously difficult to bring down in open space. He has fantastic short area quickness and elite-level start-and-stop ability. Also, despite being so small, Cohen is a relatively compact runner who has a bit of power behind his pads. He did a great job of bursting through arm tackles in college.


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