CHICAGO – Bears general manager Ryan Poles made it clear he likes to build through the draft during his first press conference as Bears GM and he backed it up during draft weekend.
Poles made a four Day 3 trades that wound up netting the Bears five extra late-round draft picks. One of those picks, the 203rd overall pick in Round 6, ended up becoming Baylor running back Trestan Ebner.
Ebner played for a Power-5 program in the Bears, but it’s completely plausible to think the majority of Chicago fans are unfamiliar with the do-it-all back.
Well, fortunately for those who are unfamiliar, the Bears’ social media team tweeted out highlight from Ebner’s collegiate career, and boy, they are something else.
As mentioned earlier -and as you saw in the video- Ebner can run the ball, he can catch, and he can return kicks. He averaged a healthy 6.8 yards per touch from scrimmage and scored 20 total touchdowns over the course of his five-year career in Waco.
Ebner also had a lot of success as a kick and punt returner. He returned 47 kickoffs for an average of 25.3 yards per return and three touchdowns. He didn’t really return many punts until his super-senior season, but he took full advantage of it by averaging 8.1 yards per return on 19 returns.
His impact on the offense and in the return game harkens that of former Bears running back/returner Tarik Cohen, who was let go in free agency back in March. The Bears also let Jakeem Grant go to Cleveland, so they need someone who can come in and be an effective returner.
How effective Ebner is remains to be seen, but it’s hard to think he won’t be an effective player after watching those highlights.
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