Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery was a busy man last night. After conducting his first draft with the organization, Emery then went to work signing 11 undrafted free agents.
Before the draft, Emery talked about what he looks for in UDFAs.
"Does that camp player, somebody that you've graded as a camp free agent, help the competitive nature of your practices?" said Emery. "And that's where you get better. The more competitive you are at each position, the more competitive your practices become, your team rises, the better you are."
Chicago's unofficial roster count sits at 83 of a possible 90 players.
Here are the 11 undrafted rookies that will be a part of Bears training camp in Bourbonnais this summer.
OT James Brown
T James Brown, Troy (6-4, 306)
Brown started 38 collegiate games at left tackle but, due to his lack of ideal quickness and size, is projected as a guard in the NFL. He is arguably the best offensive lineman not drafted. ESPN's Mel Kiper had him ranked as the 54th best player in the draft. He posted 24 bench-press reps at the combine. He's a better run blocker than passer. He's unpolished and needs a lot of work on his technique but Brown has a lot of potential. Of all of Chicago's undrafted rookies, Brown likely has the best shot at making the roster in 2012.
RB Alvester Alexander, Wyoming (5-10, 206)
Alexander left school after his junior year. He started all three years in college, leading the team in rushing each year. He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at his pro day, with 17 bench-press reps, a 10-8 broad jump, a 36-inch vertical jump, a 4.21 short shuttle and a 6.89 three-cone. He's a narrow-framed, upright ball carrier with good hands as a receiver. He's not an elusive runner or a powerful blocker. He could have used another year in college but left school early to help his family.
DT Ronnie Cameron, Old Dominion (6-2, 304)
Cameron is a two-year starter who was named CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, after racking up 73 tackles, 17 for a loss, 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 13 starts as a senior. In two seasons at Old Dominion, he had 36 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He's an active three-technique tackle that is quick off the snap. He's a high-character player who fell out of the draft due to his average measurables, yet he's better on the field than he is on paper. With the Bears foregoing DT in the draft, Cameron could challenge for a roster spot as Henry Melton's rotational partner.
LB Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech (5-11, 235)
Cole was a three-year starter in college and a team captain his senior season. At his pro day, he ran a 4.76 40-yard dash and posted 16 reps in the bench press. His lack of strength is concerning. Cole is an undersized, thickly built linebacker with short arms. He fits as a middle linebacker in Chicago's 4-3. He has good football instincts and can lay the lumber on ball carriers. He's a solid two-down player that has the potential to be a special teams standout.
S Trevor Coston, Maine (5-10, 203)
Coston is an outstanding athlete with great range as a free safety. He ran a 4.40 at his pro day, with an impressive 43-inch vertical jump and 10-5 broad jump. His six bench press reps show his lack of strength. He has experience as a punt returner. Durability is a concern.
WR Terriun Crump
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WR Terriun Crump, Western Illinois (6-2, 219)
Crump was a productive college player who etched his name into the record books at Western Illinois. He began his collegiate career at College of DuPage. The hometown kid ran a 4.64 40 at his pro day. His combination of size and speed could land him on Chicago's practice squad.
WR Brittan Golden, West Texas A&M (5-11, 186)
Golden is a small, quick receiver with good speed. He ran a 4.48 at his pro day. He's a deep threat, averaging 20.6 yards per reception his senior season. He also has the quickness to create separation coming out of his breaks.
S Jeremy Jones, Wayne State (5-10, 197)
Jones is a three-year starter. He ran a 4.58 40 at the combine, adding 20 bench-press reps, a 9-8 broad jump, a 31.5-inch vertical jump, a 4.19 short shuttle and a 7.18 three-cone. He's a strong, well-proportioned player who is a solid tackler. Jones is an in-the-box safety that is a vocal team leader on the field. He nearly quit football coming out of high school, so motivation is a question mark.
WR Chris Summers, Liberty (6-4, 211)
Summers posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons the past two years, catching 76 passes for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior in 2010 and 64 passes for 1,014 yards and seven TDs as a senior in 2011. He ran a 4.58 40 at his pro day, adding a 10-1 broad jump and 31-inch vertical jump. He was very productive in college and has ideal size for an NFL wide receiver.
LB Ronnie Thornton, Southern Mississippi (6-2, 244)
Thornton, a three-year starter, led Southern Miss with 111 tackles last season while also amassing 8.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble. In four seasons, he compiled 290 tackles, 25 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He ran a 4.75 at his pro day, with a 31.5-inch vertical jump and 9-5 broad jump.
OT A.J. Greene, Auburn (6-5, 298)
The Bears press release erroneously stated Greene's college as Albany, instead of Auburn. Bear Report has confirmed him to be the offensive tackle from Auburn. Greene missed almost all of his junior year with an ankle injury, so durability is a concern. He has ideal size for an NFL offensive tackle. An interesting note we found by Gill Brandt of NFL.com, written during the NFL Scouting Combine: "He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and did not work out Tuesday because he no longer wants to play football." We'll update as we find out more information.
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