It’s no secret the Bears will spend a majority of their draft picks on the defensive side of the ball. GM Phil Emery hasn’t been able to find good defensive players in the draft so far, but his ability to find suitable offensive starters should give fans hope he can help sure up some needs.
The Bears missed out on getting a suitable backup for Matt Forte in free agency. In recent history, the Bears have elected to sign veteran free agents to back up Forte with limited success. Perhaps this year, Emery can find a steal later in the draft and Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney could be a good fit.
Gaffney is six feet, 220 pounds and runs the ball inside between the tackles. He runs as hard in the fourth quarter as he does in the first. He’s a tough runner who’s not easily taken down by arm tackles and he has a good stiff-arm to shake off defenders. As a backup, he could provide the offense with tough yards late in games.
Gaffney spent a majority of his career at Stanford serving as the backup to Toby Gerhart and Stepfan Taylor. In 2012, Gaffney left Stanford to play minor league baseball in the Pittsburg Pirates’ organization.
In 2013, Gaffney returned to Stanford and won the starting job as a senior. He finished eighth in the country in rushing with 1,709 yards and had 21 rushing scores.
Gaffney’s interior running style would be a nice compliment to Forte, and his ability to find the end zone would provide a nice option in the red zone.