Bears Scouting Tour VII

Bears scouts were on hand for a pair of pro days that featured late-rounds picks. The team is also working out a cornerback from a small school and showed no interest in an early-round receiver.

Bears in attendance: Mississippi, Washington State

Mississippi workouts of note

PlayerPos.HeightWeightOld 40 Pro Day 40 BenchVertBroadArmsProj. Round
Gilbert PenaNT6-3330--5.5123248-0 7-FA
Terrell BrownOT6-10388--5.82223.56-938 inchesFA

More than 20 players worked out for NFL scouts during Mississippi's pro day, yet only Gilbert Pena has a shot at being selected in this year's draft. Pena is a big nose tackle who can eat up space. He dealt with multiple hand injuries, which sapped him of his ability to shed blocks and add muscle in the weight room, and he's not all that athletic, so he's likely to land in the seventh round, if drafted at all. He can be a two-gap nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme but he hasn't shown the requisite quickness to play in a 4-3 system.

The Chicago Bears sent scout to Ole Miss to look at Pena, although he doesn't necessarily fit the team's needs on defense. A prospect of more interest is Terrell Brown, who is an unbelievably massive human being (6-10, 388). He's as raw as they come, having played in just two collegiate games, but his sheer size and arm length, a ridiculous 38 inches, cannot be ignored. Brown is slow and inexperienced but if he could be coached up, his girth and length could help him develop into a serviceable player. If Chicago's scouts saw some potential in Brown, don't be surprised if he gets an invite to rookie minicamp. A player his size has to get a chance somewhere in the NFL.

Washington State workouts of note

PlayerPos.HeightWeightOld 40 Pro Day 40 BenchVertBroadProj. Round
Travis LongOLB6-4243--DNPDNPDNPDNP4-6
Jeff TuelQB6-3218--4.6DNP329-37-FA
Wade JacobsonG6-6303--5.0822389-67-FA

Travis Long played an outside-linebacker/defensive-end hybrid in the Cougars' 3-4 system. He broke out his senior year, picking up 9.5 sacks before an ACL injury in late November cost him the remainder of his season. Following knee surgery, Long was unable to participate in any offseason activities, including WSU's pro day, and was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

As a result, no one is really sure what to expect from Long, whose game is reminiscent of Shea McClellin's during his time at Boise State. Long doesn't have ideal size for a 4-3 DE, so if the Bears are interested in him, it'll be as an OLB. Long has good quickness and speed, and improved dramatically in coverage his senior season. If Chicago wants to spend a late-round flier on an outside linebacker with pass-rush ability, Long could be that guy. Ideally though, he's a much better fit for a 3-4.


Wade Jacobson
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Of more interest to the Bears at the Cougars' pro day were QB Jeff Tuel and G Wade Jacobson. Tuel showed outstanding speed at the workout and was clocked by one scout during his 40-yard dash at 4.50, which would have been the fastest of any quarterback at the combine. That type of speed could be attractive to the Monsters of the Midway, who are in the market for a developmental signal caller.

Tuel reportedly looked good in his passing drills, working mainly under center after having worked almost exclusively from the shotgun during his collegiate career. His athleticism alone will make him a quality late-round selection or priority free agent.

Jacobson is another late-round prospect who is climbing up draft boards. He trimmed weight before his pro day, brining a more sculpted look to his 6-6, 303 frame. The result was a blistering workout that had scouts shaking their heads. His 5.08 40-yard dash would have been a Top-10 time at the combine, while his 38-inch vertical jump would have set an all-time combine record for offensive linemen.

Considered a fringe draft pick before his pro day, Jacobson is now being discussed as a potential sixth- or seventh-round selection. He played tackle in college but projects as a guard in the pros due to his lack of lateral agility. His quickness and athleticism could make him a solid fit in Chicago's zone-blocking scheme. Expect the Bears to have Jacobson on their short list come the final rounds of this year's draft.

Bears work out CB Don Unamba

Not many Division II players get invited to the combine, so NFL teams must hold private workouts for small-school prospects of interest. That is exactly what the Bears are doing with former Southern Arkansas cornerback Don Unamba this week.

Unamba will not be selected in this year's draft but could be a priority free agent for the Bears, depending on how his workout goes. Chicago has had success of late with cornerbacks on special teams – Zack Bowman and Sherrick McManis were huge ST contributors for the Bears last season – so if Unamba shows good athleticism, he could get a chance to prove himself worthy of a roster spot in training camp.

Bears Not in Attendance: Baylor

PlayerPos.HeightWeightOld 40 Pro Day 40 BenchVertBroadProj. Round
Terrance WilliamsWR6-22074.52DNP1132.59-112-3
Lanear SampsonWR5-112014.464.332033.59-117-FA
Ivory WadeG6-4313--5.1126278-3FA
Whitney PrevostWR5-10178--4.41--3610-0FA

Chicago is in need of another wide receiver, particularly one who can play in the slot. Yet the Bears were one of only five NFL teams that did not show up for Baylor's pro day, so it appears they aren't very interested in Terrance Williams, a second-round wideout.

Williams led the country in receiving yards (1,832) as a senior last season, earning him first-team All-American honors. He's a lanky wideout who can go up and get the ball, giving him value as a red-zone target. Yet he's a pure outside receiver and will not fit in a slot role. Despite his obvious talents, Williams isn't what Chicago needs on offense, a unit that already features two big-bodied receivers out wide, which is likely the reason the Bears were no-shows in Waco.


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