The Chicago Bears finally landed their safety. At the biggest position of need, the Bears have been surprisingly quiet most of the offseason. Yet today, GM Phil Emery was aggressive, trading back into the fourth round to select former Minnesota safety Brock Vereen.
Vereen (6-0, 199) is a highly athletic player. He posted a 4.47s 40-yard dash and 25 bench-press reps at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. He split time between cornerback and safety, and as a senior was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches.
He's the younger brother of Patriots running back Shane Vereen.
Vereen is fast and strong but he didn't have ideal production in college. Despite 36 starts, he had just four career interceptions. Of his 36 starts, 18 came at corner, 18 came at safety. For his career, he had 200 total tackles, 0.5 sacks, 7.5 stops for loss, and 22 pass breakups.
The Bears traded up with the Broncos for the 131st pick and the 246th pick (7th round). Denver receives Chicago's fifth round picks this year and in 2015.
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