Bears Scouting Tour 3/30

Coordinator Mike Martz recently held a private workout with a Mountain West Conference wide receiver. The Bears have also scheduled an individual session with a Pac-10 safety.

One of the more underrated wide receivers in this year's draft is San Diego State's Vincent Brown, who was recently put through a personal workout by Bears coordinator Mike Martz.

In 2010, Brown caught 69 passes for 1,352 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to earning first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors. His 1,352 yards are the fourth most in school history. In four seasons at San Diego State, he caught 209 passes for 3,110 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Brown (5-11, 187-pounds) doesn't have the ideal size Chicago is looking for in a No. 1 receiver. He was disappointing at the Scouting Combine as well, posting a 4.68 40-yard dash. In the eyes of many scouts, his performance at the combine cost him a round or two in the upcoming draft.

At the SDSU pro day last week, Brown redeemed himself, running a 40 time of 4.50 seconds. Yet his outstanding route running and ability to separate underneath are the aspects of his game make him so intriguing. On film, he shows crisps cuts and creates sharp angles. He lowers his hips well when going into his break and also shows great balance and awareness on the deep ball.

He's an instinctive receiver who is very good at finding holes in zone coverage. While not a burner, he has big play ability – he average 19.6 yards per catch his senior season. Yet he's not afraid to work the middle. The four-year starter has plenty of experience and isn't a project. He's about as NFL-ready as any wideout coming into the league.

Brown is an accomplished receiver who could step in and contribute right away. What he lacks in size and speed he makes up for with sound fundamentals. He is projected as a third- to fifth-round pick. He's not a dominant receiver but if Chicago can grab him in the fourth or fifth round, he would make a solid addition to the receiving corps.

Closer look at Conte coming

Chicago has arranged a private workout with California safety Chris Conte, another late-round selection.

Conte (6-2, 197-pounds) came into Cal as a cornerback but didn't see much playing time his first three years. He made the switch to free safety his senior season and excelled, earning first team All-Pac-10 honors.

Conte is an outstanding tackler with good speed – he ran 4.52 at Cal's pro day. Yet his lack of experience at the safety position makes him more of a developmental player. He has a hard time diagnosing plays and often must rely on his athleticism to make up for false first steps.

In no way could Conte come in and be a contributor right away at safety. He'll need at least a few years at the position before he could ever be a full-time player. Yet he is extremely talented and could develop into a solid player down the line. At the very least, he'll be a very good special teams player. His experience at cornerback could give the Bears some additional flexibility in the defensive secondary.

Mock drafts have him going everywhere from the third round to undrafted, so it's hard to say where the Bears might consider grabbing him. Many teams have scheduled workouts with him recently, so there is plenty of interest. To me, he looks like a fifth- or sixth-rounder.

Jerry Angelo has drafted a safety in the last six drafts, and eight of the nine drafts he's conducted for the Bears. So it wouldn't be surprising to see Conte's name called by Chicago on the third day of the draft.

Wilson wouldn't mind being a Bear

Bear Report recently took a look at Illinois' pro day. One player Chicago was interested in was linebacker Martez Wilson. The Chicago Sun Times recently reported that the Bears were one of three teams that interviewed him at the Scouting Combine. Wilson is projected as a second round pick.

"If I could, it would be great to play for a team I grew up rooting for," he said. "But no matter who drafts me, I'll be happy."


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.


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