Cierre Wood (RB), Notre Dame
5-11 | 213 lbs.
114 carries, 742 yards, 4 TDs
Has explosive playmaking ability thanks to plus vision, good speed, sneaky power and plenty of confidence. Is elusive, too, and can be difficult to tackle. Never doubted himself even as his playing time was slashed in 2012 -- had a much better 2011 season when he was Notre Dame's feature running back.
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Despite his good vision, sometimes waits too long for the perfect running lane to open up -- a product of him trying to break every run he gets for a touchdown -- instead of cutting up field. Improved as a pass blocker over the last few years, but is still shaky there. Was suspended two games to begin the 2012 season for an unspecified violation of team rules, and despite being a more talented running back than Theo Riddick saw his playing time diminish, for whatever reason.
Fit for the Bears:
Wood very well could develop into a solid NFL running back, but given the Bears' top-end depth at the position in Matt Forte and Michael Bush, it doesn't seem to make sense for them to take Wood in the second or third round. If he's available in the fourth round, though, he could wind up being a steal, but don't expect him to fall that far.