Bears Scouting Tour V

The Chicago Bears sent team reps to a recent Big-12 pro day to scout a potential first-round LB, yet showed no interest in a Pac-12 workout that featured an early round offensive tackle.

Bears in Attendance: Kansas State

PlayerPos.HeightWeightOld 40 Pro Day 40 BenchVertBroadProj. Round
Arthur BrownLB6-0236DNP4.582132.59-81-2
Chris HarperWR6-12344.554.382035.59-83-4
Collin KleinQB6-52224.78DNPDNP31.59-37-FA

The Chicago Bears are in the market for linebackers in this year's draft. Brian Urlacher is gone, Lance Briggs is 33 and the team's two free-agent LB acquisitions, James Anderson and D.J. Williams, are both signed for just one season. The club must find a young linebacker to groom into a long-term starter, preferably at middle linebacker.

Most draft analysts have linked the Bears to Notre Dame's Manti Te'o or Georgia's Alec Ogletree. Both are viable options, players who could potentially keep alive Chicago's tradition of Hall of Fame middle linebackers.

Also in that category is Kansas State's Arthur Brown, a player Bear Report recently identified as one of the better linebackers in this year's draft class. Click here to read our full Draft Spotlight, which includes extensive film analysis on Brown.

Arthur Brown
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Brown is a three-down linebacker who can play MIKE in the NFL. He has great closing speed, he's very aggressive in fighting off blocks and shows good awareness in coverage. He's relatively short for the position but that actually works to his advantage, providing him extra explosiveness from his thick frame.

A shoulder injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. As such, most had him pegged as a second-round prospect. Yet he showed good strength at his pro day, posting 21 reps on the bench press, and solid speed, running a 4.58 40-yard dash, and was reportedly outstanding during his positional workouts.

Since then, many have moved him up their draft boards into the late first round. Yet it appears the Bears may be willing to take Brown as early as 20th overall. The team sent two scouts two his pro day and yesterday scheduled a pre-draft visit with him.

If Te'o and Ogletree are off the board in the first round, don't be surprised if the Bears pull the trigger on Brown.

Also working out for K-State was wide receiver Chris Harper, a player the Bears could consider in the fourth round. Harper is a big-bodied wideout whose physical style of play compares favorably to that of Anquan Boldin. Harper also has good speed, running in the 4.4s at the pro day, with one scout clocking him at 4.38. His combination of size and speed will make him tough to cover in the pros and a load to bring down after the catch.

The final draftable player at K-State's workout was Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein. Despite his success in college, most consider him a late-round quarterback or priority free agent. Klein's is a big powerful runner who was more dangerous as a runner than a passer. He has an unconventional throwing style and is not very accurate. His game is very similar to that of Tim Tebow.

Yet that may be a good thing as far as his chances of landing in Chicago, as the Bears' new quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh coached Tebow last season in New York. If Cavanaugh sees traits in Klein he believes he can work with, and Klein goes undrafted, the Bears may invite him to training camp. He'll never be a pure pocket passer but Klein could have value in short-yardage and goal-line situations, similar to Tebow.

Bears not in Attendance: Colorado

PlayerPos.HeightWeightOld 40 Pro Day 40 BenchVertBroadProj. Round
David BakhtiariOT6-42995.09DNP2825.58-52-3
Nick KasaTE6-62674.71DNP2231.59-54-5
Will PericakDT6-4296--5.072428.59-2FA
Ray PolkS6-1219--4.4193910-6FA

Colorado's football program has been in shambles for years. Despite that, it continues to churn out quality offensive linemen. Following in the footsteps of Nate Solder and Ryan Miller, both selected in last year's draft, David Bakhtiari will be the next former Buffalo to make the jump to the pros. He started at left tackle for Colorado the past two seasons, showing aggressiveness and nastiness, as well as great awareness and agility at the second level.

He did struggle out on an island and doesn't have the ideal skill set for tackle in the NFL, so most believe he'll be better suited as a guard. For that to happen though, Bakhtiari must add weight. At the combine, he weighed in at 299 pounds, the lightest of any offensive lineman in Indianapolis. His aggression, strength and natural ability at the second level could turn him into a quality NFL guard, but only if he packs on a few pounds.

The Bears have needs along the offensive line but the fact they chose not to send any representatives to Colorado's pro day makes it unlikely they'll select Bakhtiari or any former Buffaloes.

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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