Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen

Height: 5' 6"Weight: 179 lbsAge: 22College: North Carolina A&TDrafted: #119 (4th Rd.)

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
8th easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #398
Best / Worst #250 / #312


Tarik Cohen a third down back in 2017?

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox told the media rookie running back Tarik Cohen's versatility makes him uniquely suited for a third-down role on offense" this season. "Well, he's a joker back," Fox said via ESPN. "I think third down, it's just another matchup, this game's about matchups. We weren't nearly as successful as we needed to be on third down a year ago, so people call it a joker back. It's got a lot of different names, but you see similar roles around the league that we really haven't had."

Fantasy Impact

Cohen, often referred to as the "human joystick," could be employed as Chicago's third down back in 2017. The Sproles-esqe rusher will likely be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses at the pro level, especially as a receiver out of the backfield. Although Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford and Benny Cunningham are currently slated ahead of him on the Bears' depth chart, Cohen should still garner fantasy value this season. Target him in the latter portion of fantasy drafts as a deep sleeper flex option.

Tarik Cohen signs rookie deal

The Chicago Bears and running back Tarik Cohen have agreed to a four-year deal on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact

Cohen, a fourth-round pick in last month's draft, signed his rookie deal Thursday. He'll enter camp at the bottom of a crowded Bears running back depth chart with Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, Benny Cunningham and Ka'Deem Carey slated ahead of him. However, Cohen, who is coming in at 5'6" 179 pounds, has a unique skill set that includes elusiveness, versatility, and speed -- similar to Daren Sproles -- which makes him an asset both in the passing game and on special teams. Despite the depth at the position, I'd expect Cohen to make the roster and carve out a role for himself in 2017. Carey could be the odd man out by the time Week 1 rolls around.

Tarik Cohen selected 119th overall by Bears

The Chicago Bears have selected former North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen with the 119th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact

Cohen, nicknamed the "human joystick," will add explosiveness and versatility to Chicago's backfield led by Jordan Howard. Often compared to Darren Sproles due to his 5'6", 179-pound stature, Cohen could enter the 2017 season as the Bears' change of pace back, especially on passing downs. Keep an eye on Cohen's place on the depth chart as the offseason progresses, he may be worth picking up late in fantasy drafts.