Scouting Report: Bernard Berrian

The Bears added a new dimension to the offense with their third-round selection of San Jose St WR Bernard Berrian. Clocked in the forty at 4.4 Berrian could be the deep threat that Terry Shea covets.

Bernard Berrian School
Fresno State
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 183 40:

Bio: First team All Conference selection as both a senior and junior. Led the team in receiving last year posting 63/668/4 while also averaging 10.2 yards on 42 punt returns with one a score. Also averaged 24.3 yards on 26 kick returns. Suffered a knee sprain during the 2002 season opener and missed the rest of the campaign. Posted career high receiving numbers as a junior with 85/1,364/13, averaging 14.2 yards on 41 punt returns with one touchdown. Sophomore receiving totals included 43/705/6.

Pos: Explosive wide out with sound natural skills. Quick releasing off the line, uses effective hand technique to get off jams and runs excellent routes, getting separation from defenders. Outstanding field awareness and always finds the open spot in the seam. Adjusts and tracks the errant throw, goes up in a crowd to make the difficult reception and plucks the pass from the air. Elusive and slippery running after the reception, wiggles through the tight spots and picks up a lot of yardage. Uses these same skills returning punts or kicks.

Neg: Beaten by big, physical opponents. Works his blocks but gets marginal results. Lacks the second gear or ability to stretch defenses.

Analysis: A productive receiver with great hands and suddenness, Berrian has the style and skill to play in a variety of offensive systems. Combining athleticism with competitiveness and football intelligence, he may never be a number one wide out rather a solid complimentary pass catcher in the NFL that also impacts a team returning punts and kicks.


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