The Bears are pulling all the stops this offseason. They made a big splash this offseason to improve the coaching staff and roster. Today, the Bears selected Harvey Unga, running back from BYU in the supplemental draft. It's too early to tell if he'll actually make the team and if he does, if he'll ever make an impact. The Bears did draft a running back/fullback who looks like a bruiser and can catch the ball out of the backfield.
In his three full seasons at BYU, before being dismissed in April for an unspecified violation of university regulations, Unga carried 692 times for 3,446 yards and 35 touchdowns. He gained more than 1,000 rushing yards in three straight seasons (2007 to 2009) and had 11 or more rushing touchdowns all three years. Demonstrating good hands in the sophisticated BYU passing attack, Unga had 102 catches for 1,085 yards and nine scores, and he had 40 or more receptions in two campaigns.
At his workout, Unga measured 6-feet-0 3/4 and 244 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds. His size, strength (19 repetitions in the bench press), receiving ability and modest time in the 40 suggest Unga might play fullback in the NFL. But as was displayed by his overall athleticism and background as BYU's feature back, most teams project him at tailback, the position at which Unga feels most comfortable.
Unga will compete for the last running back position along with Khalil Bell and Garrett Wolfe.