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2021 NFL Draft: Bears pick RB Khalil Herbert in sixth round at No. 217 overall

The Bears now have four incoming rookies, led by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Annie Costabile

The Bears drafted Virginia Tech running back Khalil Herbert in the sixth round at No. 217 overall. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry on his way to 1,183 for the season and rushed for eight touchdowns.

The Bears originally held the No. 208 pick, but traded it to the Seahawks for No. 217 and a seventh-rounder at No. 250.

Herbert, 23, was born with six fingers on each hand — one on each hand was removed when he was an infant — and he has six toes on his left foot and they are webbed. That doesn’t seem to have impacted him football-wise, and Herbert said at Big XII media day in 2018, “It’s all I know, so it doesn’t feel any different to me.”

The Bears have third-year running back David Montgomery in place as their starter, followed by veteran Damien Williams and developmental project Artavis Pierce.

The Bears opened the draft Thursday by trading up from No. 20 to 11 to land quarterback Justin Fields, then trading up in the second round Friday to get offensive tackle Teven Jenkins. Their next pick was No. 151 overall in the fifth round, and they added another offensive tackle in Missouri’s Larry Borom.

The Bears have two picks remaining at Nos. 221 and 228 overall in the sixth round.