Bears draft Indiana RB Jordan Howard in 5th round
CHICAGO — With Matt Forte now gone, the Chicago Bears added to their running back depth by way of the draft on Saturday.
With the 150th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Bears selected Indiana running back Jordan Howard.
Howard played at Indiana University after his original school, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, shut down its football program prior to the 2015 season.
Howard notched 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns for the Hoosiers in 2015, according to ESPN.
The selection of Howard ended a streak of defensive players taken by the Bears on Saturday. In the fourth round Chicago had selected a linebacker, safety and cornerback with its picks.
Howard is regarded as a highly productive back who can also catch out of the backfield.
Howard is expected to join running back Jeremy Langford on the Bears’ depth chart. Forte, a Chicago Bears fan favorite, signed with the New York Jets in the offseason.