Bears Scouting Tour VI

The Bears have conducted private workouts with two players from a prominent SEC program, while also showing serious interest in a late-round wide receiver flying under the radar.

The Chicago Bears have conducted private workouts with two players from Texas A&M: LB Sean Porter and RB Christine Michael.

PlayerPos.HeightWeightOld 40 Pro Day 40 BenchVertBroadProj. Round
         
Christine MichaelRB5-102214.54DNP274310-53-4
Sean PorterOLB6-12304.754.6322359-113-5

Porter was three-year starter at linebacker for the Aggies. In 2011 he was used as rush linebacker and racked up 17 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Schemes changed in College Station before Porter's senior season, forcing him into a pure 4-3 OLB role. His production dipped some due to the position switch but he developed in some key areas because of it, particularly in coverage.

Athletically, Porter is lacking. He's not big or fast and has very short arms (32 ¼ inches). He doesn't have great closing speed and isn't a big hitter. Yet Porter has experience at multiple positions and he's a very intelligent player who has shown the ability to adapt. In a bigger frame, Porter could be a second-round selection. His skill set is diverse and he excels as a blitzer off the edge.

The Bears put Porter through a private workout during the NFL Scouting Combine. His upside is limited but if he's available to Chicago in the fourth or fifth round, Porter could end up in the Windy City.

Michael is a high-risk/high-reward player. Athletically, he's as gifted as any running back in this year's class. At the combine, he was a top performer in the bench press (27 reps), vertical jump (43.0 inches), broad jump (125.0 inches), 3-cone drill (6.69 sec) and 20-yard shuttle (4.02 sec). He's a thick back who runs with a low center of gravity and a lot of power. His one-cut style would fit very well in Chicago's zone-blocking run scheme.

Yet Michael has red flags waving everywhere around him. He's dealt with numerous injuries, breaking his leg in 2010 and tearing his ACL in 2011. He was also suspended for a game in 2012 for violation of team rules and during the combine he overslept and missed two scheduled meetings with NFL teams. During his senior season, he was benched on multiple occasions for his poor pass blocking.

The Bears are obviously intrigued by his natural ability and worked him out privately at the East-West Shrine Game. Chicago is interested in Michael as a potential fourth- or fifth-round pick. His ability on the field might be enough for the team to overlook his off-the-field problems and injury history. If he stays healthy and keeps his nose clean, he could be a draft-day steal.

Bears work out Rogers

The Bears were one of more than 10 teams that attended the recent pro day for former Cal Lutheran wide receiver Eric Rogers.

PlayerPos.HeightWeightOld 40 Pro Day 40 BenchVertBroadProj. Round
Eric RogersWR6-32074.554.4893710-17-FA

The Bears showed a lot of interest in Rogers at his pro day and put him through an individual workout. He has very good size and ran in the 4.4s at his pro day. That type of size and speed instantly makes one a potential candidate for the NFL draft.

Rogers was absolutely dominant during his collegiate career. He finished as Cal Lutheran's all-time leader in receiving yards (3,461), receiving touchdowns (41), receptions (220) and total scoring (270). In 2012 he caught 91 passes for 1,298 yards and 18 touchdowns, setting the program's single-season records for receptions, touchdown catches and scoring (126).

But against small-school competition, those numbers don't necessarily translate to the pros. Rogers' athleticism and production are obvious, so the Bears were on hand to get a closer look at a player with a lot of upside. If Chicago's scouts liked what they saw, they may give Rogers an invite to training camp as an undrafted free agent rookie.


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