Bears in Attendance: Florida State
|Player||Pos.||Height||Weight||Arms||Old 40||Pro Day 40||Bench||Vert||Broad||Proj. Round|
|Xavier Rhodes||CB||6-2||210||33 3/4||4.43||DNP||14||40.5||11-10||1|
|Bjoern Werner||DE||6-3||266||33 1/4||4.83||DNP||25||31||9-3||1|
|Tank Carradine||DE||6-4||276||34 3/4||DNP||DNP||32||DNP||DNP||1|
|Everett Dawkins||DT||6-2||292||32 3/4||5.06||4.95||23||30||8-7||3-5|
|Brandon Jenkins||DE||6-2||251||33 1/4||DNP||4.98||19||--||--||4-6|
|Nick Moody||OLB||6-1||236||31 1/2||4.71||4.59||17||--||9-10||7-FA|
|Greg Reid||CB||5-8||190||29 3/4||--||4.63||--||30||--||7-FA|
The Chicago Bears were one of 32 teams that attended Florida State's pro day, a workout session that featured at least eight, and possibly 11, players soon to be selected in this year's draft, including five potential first rounders. As far as NFL talent from one college, that's a boatload.
Two players at FSU's workout are considered virtual locks to come off the board before Chicago picks at 20th overall: CB Xavier Rhodes and DE Bjoern Werner. Rhodes could land in the Top 10 and Werner is unlikely to get past the New York Giants, who have the 19th overall selection. Werner had a rough combine, which has seen his stock drop slightly, but it would be a shock if he were still available at 20. If he is, the Bears may take a chance on a pass rusher with Pro Bowl potential.
Two other prospects at FSU's pro day are more likely first-round candidates: OT Menelik Watson and DT Tank Carradine.
Carradine only has one year of starting experience under his belt but it was heck of a year. In 2012, he registered 80 tackles, 13 for loss, and 11 sacks. He's a high-motor player with plenty of explosiveness and a strong punch. He has a lot of natural tools but he lacks experience and is coming off a torn ACL suffered in November – although he's reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery. Talent-wise, though, Carradine is at the top of this class and could be a pass-rush option for the Bears at 20.
Yet Watson was the player in whom Bears scouts showed the most interest. After playing basketball and boxing his entire life, Watson turned to football in 2011 at Saddleback Junior College. He started just a handful of games in 2011 but it was enough to earn him a scholarship to FSU, where he started every game last year at right tackle, allowing just one sack. Watson has just two seasons of football – not collegiate football, total football – under his belt, so he's as raw as they come. But his freakish athleticism has the Bears intrigued. He's a borderline first-round pick but if Chicago's scouts were impressed, the team may reach for him at 20.
QB E.J. Manuel reportedly looked very good in his workout but the Bears aren't in the market for a signal caller in the first two rounds.
DT Everett Dawkins didn't rack up big stats in college but that was due to his use in a heavy defensive-line rotation. He's a fourth-round prospect who has the skill set and body type to be a 3-technique defensive tackle in Chicago's system. He has an extremely quick first step, allowing him to quickly penetrate gaps. His strong hands are also a big asset. He's not an elite athlete and is more of rotational player but that's exactly what the Bears need as far as a backup to Henry Melton. If Dawkins is around in the fourth round, he'll be an option for Emery.
LB Vince Williams is a late-round prospect who is generating some buzz. He didn't post eye-popping numbers in college and dealt with a few injuries, including a broken leg to start his senior year. He looked good at the Senior Bowl but he is still regarded as fairly raw and more of a project. He played middle linebacker for FSU but his lack of ideal awareness and play recognition has most projecting him as a SAM linebacker at the pro level. He's a heavy hitter and can definitely hold his own at the point of attack. The Bears need long-term options at linebacker and Williams has plenty of upside.
DE Brandon Jenkins is projected as a sixth-round prospect. He had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2010, picking up 13.5 sacks but his production dipped in 2011, although he still led the team with eight sacks. He missed almost all of his senior year with a Lisfranc injury. His dropoff his junior year coupled with the foot injury has seen his stock plummet. Following his sophomore year, he would have been a second-round selection. If he can return to health and be the player he was two years ago, he'll be a late-round steal.
Bears not in Attendance: Virginia
|Player||Pos.||Height||Weight||Old 40||Arms||Pro Day 40||Bench||Vert||Broad||Proj. Round|
|Oday Aboushi||G||6-5||310||5.45||33 7/8||5.41||21||23.5||8-4||4-6|
The only draftable player at Virginia's pro day was offensive lineman Oday Aboushi. He was a three-year starter at offensive tackle for the Cavaliers but he doesn't have elite quickness, agility or footwork, so he'll likely have to move inside to guard in the pros.
Aboushi struggled mightily at the combine, finishing at or near the bottom of every category for offensive linemen. He was once considered a potential third-round pick but now he's projected to land somewhere in the fifth or sixth round.
The Bears could use some young talent along the interior of the offensive line but they were not one of the 12 teams to watch Aboushi workout during Virginia's pro day. As such, it's unlikely he'll be one of Chicago's five draft picks this year.
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