Bears prospect workout tracker

Bears coaches are working out prospects around the country, doing due diligence in preparation for the upcoming draft. Let's analyze the players that have worked out for the team.

Here are the prospects that have had confirmed individual workouts with the Chicago Bears so far this offseason.

WR Kendall Wright, Baylor (5-10, 196)
Wright caught 108 balls for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning him first-team Big 12 and second-team All-American honors. He's a top-tier athlete with exceptional open-field ability. Has enough speed to blow the lid off a secondary. He made up for his 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine by running a 4.46 at his pro day. Full scouting report.
Projected: 1st round

WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (6-3, 216)
Jeffery is a borderline first-round pick. He has ideal size but he's still a bit raw. He has decent speed and will be a downfield threat from Day 1. His route running needs work but he has the skill set to be a dominant NFL receiver down the line. Full scouting report.
Projected: 1st-2nd round

WR Rueben Randle, LSU (6-3, 210)
Randle is a tall, lanky receiver with very good hands. He has decent speed, running a 4.55 40-yard dash at the combine. He left school after his junior season and is still a bit raw. If he can get out of his breaks quicker, he'll be a consistent possession receiver in the NFL, with deep ability. He'll be a quality player within three years.
Projected: 1st-2nd round

CB Trumaine Johnson, Montana (6-2, 204)
A four-year starter with great size and length, Johnson is a small-school defensive back rising up draft boards. He wasn't that impressive at the combine but the film shows a ball hawk who has the cover skills to productive as a rookie.
Projected: 2nd round

CB Keith Tandy, West Virginia (5-10, 202)
Tandy was an All-Big East selection as a senior. He's a fluid athlete with the speed and cover skills to play nickelback. He's visited with at least four other NFL teams and could go as high as the fifth round.
Projected: 5th-6th round

CB Brandon Hardin, Oregon State (6-3, 219)
Hardin played corner in college but projects as a safety in the NFL due to his size. He demonstrated outstanding athleticism at his pro day, showing well in all the drills, including running 4.38 40-yard dash. He's also a solid special teams player. Injury history is cause for concern. More analysis.
Projected: 5th-6th round

S Matt Johnson, Eastern Washington (6-0, 211)
Johnson is a potential undrafted rookie candidate. He projects as a strong safety. At his pro day, he ran a 4.54 40-yard dash. He was the fifth-leading tackler in Eastern Washington history with 341, and also finished second on the school's all-time lists for interceptions (17) and interception return yards (219). He started every game the school played the during his four years, until a bicep injury cut his senior season short. He the school's all-time leader in career forced fumbles with six.
Projected: 7th round-UFA

LB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama (6-2, 265)
Hightower is an explosive player that could play any of the three linebackers spots in a 4-3 scheme. He's an absolute beast against the run. He's a fluid, effortless player that has a long career as a starter in the NFL ahead of him. He's an extremely impressive incoming prospect. More analysis.
Projected: 1st-2nd round

OLB/DE Bruce Irvin, West Virginia (6-3, 245)
Irvin is an undersized player that could fit as an OLB in 3-4 defense or as a situational pass rusher in a 4-3. He was very productive in college, even as a rotational player his senior season. Chicago might be able to pair him with Julius Peppers on passing downs. Character concerns are worrisome. Full scouting report.
Projected: 2nd-3rd round

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LB Zach Brown, North Carolina (6-1, 244)
Brown has exceptional pure speed and is a fluid, effortless player on the field. thletically, there are few better linebackers in this draft. He tackles very well and packs a punch. He also does a good job of using his hands and quickness to disengage from blockers. In man-to-man coverage, he's very good. His game is raw though and he lacks ideal instincts. More analysis.
Projected: 2nd round

LB Darius Fleming, Notre Dame (6-2, 245)
Fleming ran a 4.54 at his pro day, down from his 4.77 combine time. He played outside linebacker in college but is projected as an inside linebacker in the pros. He's a late-round prospect that could contribute on special teams right away.
Projected: 7th round-UFA

DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois (6-4, 261)
Mercilus was an absolute beast last season, leading the country in sacks (16.0) and forced fumbles (9). He flies off the ball and can easily turn the corner and close on quarterbacks. He's a hustle player with a nonstop motor. He lined up all over the defensive line, adding versatility to his game. Against the run, he struggles at times, but as a pure pass rusher, he's as good as there is in this year's draft. He had just 2.0 career sacks before last season, raising concerns about him being a one-year wonder. That could give teams concern and allow the Bears to draft him at 19 overall. As a third-down player opposite Peppers, he would be extremely valuable. Full scouting report.
Projected: 1st round

DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (6-2, 264)
Ingram is an accomplished pass rusher with double-digit sack potential. He's a physical player with great size and quickness. His outstanding footwork, combined with his power, could potentially make him a dominant player at the next level. A very solid pick for the Bears, assuming he falls to them at 19th overall. More analysis.
Projected: Top 20 pick

DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse (6-5, 266)
Jones is a very good athlete who put together some impressive game film in college. He looks to be a starter in the NFL in a few years. He has size, strength, quickness, awareness and an all-day motor. He lacks a full pass rush arsenal but is stout against the run. One of the better all-around defensive ends in the 2012 draft class. Full scouting report.
Projected: 1st-2nd round

DE Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt (6-4, 250)
Like Irvin, Fugger is another hybird 3-4/4-3 outside rusher. He's undersized for a full-time 4-3 DE role but he could be used in a rotation with Israel Idonije. He put on a strong showing at the combine, which propelled him into the third day of the draft. More analysis.
Projected: 6th-7th round

TE Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati (6-4, 264)
Robinson wasn't invited to the combine but opened eyes at his pro day. He ran a 4.55 40 and showed well in all the other drills as well. With a weak tight end crop, Robinson's athleticism could land him in the late rounds.
Projected: 7th round-UFA

TE James Hanna
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TE James Hanna, Oklahoma (6-4, 252)
Hanna's collegiate numbers don't jump off the page. Yet his 4.49 40 time at the combine - the fastest of all tight ends - put him on Chicago's radar. He's a pure pass catcher who struggles as a blocker. More analysis.
Projected: 6th-7th round

OT Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma (6-6, 312)
Stephenson is versatile, with experience at both right and left tackle. More of a finesse blocker, he relies mainly on quickness and competitiveness. He lacks ideal strength, limiting his potential at the next level. More analysis.
Projected: 6th-7th round

G Ronald Leary, Memphis (6-3, 315)
Durable and experienced, Leary has experience at both guard and tackle. His versatility, combined with solid athleticism, has him moving up draft boards. He's visited Dallas, St. Louis and Carolina as well.
Projected: 6th-7th round

G Adam Gettis, Iowa (6-2, 293)
Injuries slowed Gettis during his collegiate career but he showed great athleticism at the combine. He was arguably the most-impressive guard in Indianapolis. He's fifth-year senior that started 28 of 29 games at right guard. He's undersized, which may make him a better fit at center, but his long arms (33 inches) will help him be effective as an interior pass blocker at the next level. Video interview.
Projected: 6th-7th round

OT Dennis Kelly, Purdue (6-8, 321)
Kelly is an experienced player, having started three season in college. He has ideal size to play on the edge, yet lacks ideal footwork and athleticism. He's a late-round project that has the size and strength to make an NFL roster.
Projected: 7th round-UFA

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