General manager Phil Emery nabbed Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey with the No. 117 overall pick.
A favorite of NFL Media's Bucky Brooks, Carey was a dominant runner in the Pac-12 for the past two seasons. Carey ran for 22 100-yard games in those two years.
The Bears hadn't drafted a running back since taking Forte in the second round in 2008.
Carey is not a blazer. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah said he is a player who will hit "a lot of singles, a lot of doubles" but not the home run.
The 5-foot-9 Carey is a tough runner who doesn't fumble. Off-the-field concerns aided his dropping to the fourth round.
"He's not a 4.4 guy, but when he sees it, he can go," Mike Mayock said of Carey.
Emery might have just drafted his running back of the future, and a near-Forte facsimile.