There were a ton of new faces participating in the Bears’ rookie minicamp over the weekend — both drafted and undrafted.
One of the rookies, of the undrafted variety, is Kevin Toliver II. The 6-2, 192-pound cornerback wasn’t picked in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he isn’t your typical unheralded, undrafted player.
With character issues being touted as the main reason for Toliver not being drafted, and the Bears informing him he will be on a short leash, Toliver has vowed to be a “different beast,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
““Even if I would’ve gone first round, I still would’ve been hungry, but going undrafted, that just made me hungrier,” Toliver said. “They’re going to get a different beast out of me than they saw at LSU.”
The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain called Toliver “maybe the most athletic and gifted player in the secondary” at Bears minicamp.
“Toliver was a top-rated recruit who was largely disappointing relative to expectations at LSU,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. “However, his play showed improvement [in 2017] and he has the size and physical ability that teams are typically willing to bet on. Toliver lacks premium ball skills but his size and physicality could be a good match for a zone-heavy unit or with a potential move to safety. Toliver’s value lies more in his traits than his production and teams will have to weigh his future potential against his past history — both on and off the field.”
Toliver will need to stay in the Bears’ good graces off the field and avoid injury (a hamstring injury shortened his minicamp) to become a consistent contributor, but his talent should get fans excited for what could be in store if the stars align down the road for the 22 year old.
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