Bears' Calendar is Booked

The draft is a little more than two weeks away, which means the bulk of the scouting is done. However, there is still important information to be obtained via personal visits. The Bears have been busy bringing in players to Halas Hall to get one final look at potential draftees.

South Carolina WR Troy Williamson made the trip to Chicago on Monday. While he's currently the third rated receiver the scout.com draft board behind Braylon Edwards and Mike Williams, his sub 4.4 speed makes him an interesting prospect for the Bears.

GM Jerry Angelo is looking for a deep threat opposite Muhsin Muhammad If the team were to trade out of the fourth overall pick Williamson could be an option.

Much like the three teams drafting ahead of them, the Bears would like to move down in the first round and add picks, especially since they are currently lacking a third-rounder from the Marty Booker-for-Adewale Ogunleye trade last preseason.

"If we can get a great player later (in the first round) and pick up another pick, why not do that?" coach Lovie Smith said. "We're hoping. We may keep it, but we feel like we have a lot of options. I think you can get a good player 1 through 15; a real good football player."

Most teams agree, and, since there don't appear to be many team looking to give much to trade up, the Bears are likely to remain at No. 4.

With that in mind the Bears have also set up a visit with Texas running back Cedric Benson. Once thought to be the top back available in the draft, Benson's poor forty times have moved him behind Ronnie Brown of Auburn.

The Bears would prefer Brown to Benson, but chances are the Miami Dolphins will select him with the second pick in the draft.

Teams are allowed to bring in 20 players for private visits. The Bears have also met with Oklahoma WR Will Peoples, Georgia LB Odell Thurman and Richie Incognito a center from Nebraska.

Although Peoples is not a highly rated prospect, Thurman and Incognito are options in the second round.

Thurman is a fast linebacker that could fill the hole the Bears have next to Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.

Incognito is a talented blocker that can play multiple positions, but has been pushed down draft boards because of a knee injury and personal problems. A face-to-face meeting with such a player could be what is needed to determine whether it's worth taking a risk.

Angelo has a history of taking risks in the past with players on the second day of the draft. Such was the case with Alex Brown, who had a reputation for taking plays off coming out of Florida.

The Bears are also slated to talk with Nick Novak, who is the seventh rated kicker by scout.com. He could be a later round pick brought in specifically to challenge Paul Edinger.

Bearreport.com will keep track of the remaining players scheduled to visit Halas Hall as the information becomes available.


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