Bears Busy at MSU Pro Day

While it's no surprise the Bears were making the rounds at the Mississippi State pro day, one of the prospects the team showed interest in raised some eyebrows.

The team had their eye on several prospects, but offensive tackle David Stewart and fullback Darnell Jones received the most interest.

Stewart had a scout from the Bears tailing his every move. He turned in a vertical jump of 34 and a broad jump of 8-9, while pounding out 28 reps on the bench press. Struggling through a hamstring pull, he had it go out on him on his 40-yard dash.

Jones turned in a 4.97 forty, 9-2 broad jump, 32.5 vertical jump, 23 reps on the bench, 4.6 shuttle run, and 12.42 60-yard shuttle.

Stewart is a tackle the Bears could groom for the future and there is a chance he will still be on the board on the second day of the draft.

Jones appears to be a late round pick possibility. However, the idea is a bit curious because the Bears appear to be set at fullback with Bryan Johnson and Jason McKie.

Johnson will count $1.315 million toward the cap this season, which is a considerable amount for a lead blocker. There are no plans to cut Johnson, but the situation is worth monitoring.

In other draft news, the team has set up private visits with Oklahoma receiver Will Peoples and Odell Thurman, a linebacker from Georgia.

Mark Clayton and Mark Bradley garnered most of the attention of Sooners' receiver core. The six-foot-1, 200-pound, Peoples had forty times of Peoples 4.58 and4.52 at the Oklahoma pro day with a 34-inch vertical. He could be a second day option.

The Bears have expressed interest in Thurman on more than one occasion and talked to him extensively at last month's Georgia pro day. He is slated to visit Halas hall on April 5th.

Thurman spent the bulk of his time at Georgia on the inside, but could move to the outside in the speed-oriented defense the Bears play. His has been clocked as low as 4.56 in the forty.

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