Yesterday we told you the Bears need a reliable option behind Matt Forte. They can help themselves a long way by drafting Arizona State’s Marion Grice.
Grice is a running back in the mold of Forte. He had 996 rushing yards last year but had a very impressive 50 receptions. Grice is the best receiving back in the draft and is perfect for Marc Trestman’s system.
The Bears will likely cut ties with Michael Bush. He just makes too much money to not be productive and he just doesn’t fit into the offense. They still have Michael Ford who went undrafted last year.
Ford didn’t see the field in 2013 and is a mostly unreliable option. Grice gives instant credibility and flexibility to the backup spot.
Grice doesn’t come without any concerns. He’s coming off a leg injury that kept him out of the Holiday and Senior Bowl. The injury isn’t a long term concern but means the Bears have less tape on him than they would like.
Right now Grice figures to be drafted anywhere between the fourth and fifth rounds. That’s a perfect place for the Bears to take a backup running back. He could prolong Forte’s career and add another dimension on an already prolific offense.