Player in the making

The Bears are in need of another running back and could have the answer on their roster. <!--Default NodeId For Maurice Hicks is 292208,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292208]>Maurice Hicks</A> spent the 2002 season on the Bears Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, but in the NFL Europe season opener he turned some heads.

Sunday, Hicks broke the NFL Europe record for the longest run from scrimmage when he powered down the left sideline for a 93-yard score in the fourth quarter of the Scottish Claymores 62-31 win over the Berlin Thunder. He totaled 149 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns on the day to place himself as the league's leading rusher following the opening week of the season.

The 6-foot, 200-pound running back was an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina A&T. In just two seasons Hicks became the school's all-time leading rusher with 2,812 yards.

Hicks only caught six balls his senior season, so he'll need to prove he can catch the ball if he's going to be an option as a third down back.

The Bears are going to address running back in the draft. Most likely a pick will be used on the position in the third or fourth round. The team wants to add speed in the backfield and a player that can also return kicks would be a great fit.

The Bears were one of three franchises prevalent at the recent workout by Oregon RB Onterio Smith. Weighing over 216-pounds, Smith ran a pair of forties in the 4.45 range and looked terrific on all the drills. He caught the ball well and displayed the top running skills. Smith's weight has fluctuated between 220 and 216-pounds the past month and scouts were surprised to see he was able to keep his quickness and speed with the added bulk.

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