Instant Analysis: RB Matt Forte

RB Matt Forte (Pat Sullivan/AP)

With the 13th pick in Round 2, the Chicago Bears selected Tulane running back Matt Forte. According to Scout.com, Forte is the No. 7 player available at his position. Here is a scouting report on Forte with all the highlights you need to know about the newest Midway Monster.

RB Matt Forte – Tulane

The numbers: 6-2, 217 pounds, 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 23 bench-press reps at 225 pounds, 31.5-inch vertical jump.

The skinny: A very well-rounded running back who was awfully productive for the Green Wave, Forte also catches the ball very well out of the backfield and is a willing blocker in the passing game. He lacks elite speed and isn't necessarily the most explosive ball-carrier in the draft, but he is tough between the tackles and put up 2,127 yards on the ground this past season.

The analysis: It's safe to say that Cedric Benson has officially been put on notice, as Forte can challenge for playing time immediately in a way that Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe can't. The Monsters of the Midway were dead last in the league at 3.1 yards per carry in 2007, but adding another weapon on the ground in addition to a potential franchise left tackle with first-rounder Chris Williams should be a big help for this struggling offense.

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