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Bears select RB Ebner, C Kramer in sixth round


In the sixth round of the draft Saturday, the Bears selected Baylor running back Trestan Ebner at No. 203 and Illinois center Doug Kramer at No. 207.

Ebner appeared in a school-record 61 games over five seasons at Baylor rushing for 1,690 yards and nine touchdowns on 343 carries, catching 127 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 TDs, and averaging 25.3 yards with three touchdowns on 47 kickoff returns and 6.8 yards with one TD on 28 punt returns.

Last season the 5-11, 215-pounder was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year and voted first-team all-Big 12 as a return specialist and all-purpose player. Ebner also set career rushing highs with 148 carries for 799 yards and became the first player in Baylor history to compile at least 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards.

With the 203rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Bears select Baylor running back Trestan Ebner.

"I like to be versatile," Ebner said during a video call with the Chicago media. "I think I'm good at a lot of different things and it adds value to my game. So, that's just me; I can play running back, receiver or return kicks and punts."

Ebner's greatest strength may be his ability as a receiver out of the backfield.

"I think that's my biggest contribution I can make to the team," he said, "catching the ball out of the backfield."

"I think that's his calling card and his best value, honestly," said Bears area scout Breck Ackley. "In high school, he played a little bit of receiver, played some quarterback, kind of moved around. But that's the first thing that stands out when you watch him. The guy runs routes like a receiver, he catches the ball naturally. It showed up consistently on film and at his pro day and that's really, I think, what makes him dynamic and a special weapon. He gives you that added edge at receiver."

Kramer, meanwhile, was a three-year starting center at Illinois who grew up in the Chicago area, attending Hinsdale Central High School. Last season the 6-2, 305-pounder was named second-team all-Big 10 by the conference's coaches.

Kramer called being drafted by the Bears a "dream come true."

"I don't think I've fully wrapped my head around the fact that the Bears just took me," he said during a video call with the Chicago media. "It's crazy to think just growing up a diehard Bears fan, this means the world to me and my family."

During the pre-draft process, Kramer met with Bears coaches at Halas Hall.

"It was the same day as the pro day, but I didn't do the workout, so they just brought me into meet with the offensive line coach, the assistant O-line coach and some of the staff that they brought in," Kramer said.

"Walking into Halas Hall is awesome. It's an awesome experience for anyone, but I think it just adds another level when I grew up as a fan. I know the significance of the building and what it means to the people around the city. I mean that was an incredible experience and a great chance to show the staff who I am and what I am all about."

Bears executive scout Jeff Shiver described Kramer as a "super tough guy."

"I saw him play against Purdue and he was playing on one-and-a-half ankles," Shiver said. "If I had to compare him to somebody, he reminds me of Kirk Ferentz's son, James Ferentz, who played at Iowa (and is now with the Patriots). Not the tallest. Not the biggest. But maybe when the ball is snapped he may be the best up front."

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