The Skinny on the Newest Bears

The Bears added Daven Holly and Chris Thompson to the 53-man roster, while putting Rod Babers and Jason Jefferson on the practice squad. Here are the scouting reports on each player coming out of college.

2005 Scouting Report
Daven Holly School: Cincinnati
Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 192 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former receiver who moved to cornerback prior to his sophomore campaign and has won All-Conference honors the past two years. Senior totals included 45/2/8 after 23 tackles and six pass defenses as a junior.

Positives: Size/speed prospect with an unproven game. Effective backed off the line of scrimmage, displays a good break on the throw and a burst of closing speed. Runs downfield with opponents and plays to his timed speed.

Negatives: Not a strong run defender or physical cornerback. Very slow turning his head back around to make a play on the ball and struggles in man-to-man coverage situations.

Analysis: Sized well and a prospect with good speed for the position, Holly is a developmental player best suited in zone coverage.

2004 Scouting Report
Chris Thompson School: Nicholls State Year 4Sr
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 189 40: 4.53 Pos: CB

Bio: Led the squad as a senior with 69/1/10 after a junior campaign of 40/5/7. Started during his sophomore season totaling 34/5/11. Performed well during Blue/Gray practices.

Pos: Athletic corner with solid cover skills. Quick footed, stays with receivers out from their breaks and positions himself to make a play. Runs with opponents down the field and gets vertical to defend the throw. A demon on special teams that also defends the run.

Neg: Lacks the fluid backpedal and sits back on routes, getting lazy with his technique. Does not always display a good sense of timing.

Analysis: A productive collegiate corner, Thompson's cover skills along with special teams ability could see him garner significant playing time.

2003 Scouting Report
Rod Babers School: Texas Year: 4Sr
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 192 40: 4.46 Pos: CB

Bio: First team All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 46 tackles, 2 interceptions and a team leading 21 pass breakups. Posted 40/1/17 and 21/2/10 as a junior and sophomore, respectively, spending both campaigns with the first unit. Top backup as a true freshman.

Pos: Compact corner with top cover skills. Fluid transitioning off the line of scrimmage, stays in his back pedal and runs downfield with opponents. Displays solid instincts, reads the quarterback and fights to defend the throw. Comes up the field defending the run and works hard throughout the action.

Neg: Not tall, has problems with big, physical receivers and loses out in battles. Does not display good hands for the interception and drops too many passes that could be picks.

Analysis: Lack of height coupled with the fact he is not used as a return specialist may limit his potential at the next level to be used exclusively in nickel packages or in zone coverage. Regardless, solid cover corner effective backed off the line of scrimmage.

2005 Scouting Report
Jason Jefferson School: Wisconsin
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 310 40: 5.18 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 25/4.5/3 as a senior.

Positives: Well-built run stuffer who plugs the middle of the field. Explosive off the snap with a great first step, can change direction and relentless in pursuit of the play. Gets underneath opponents wedging through blocks, collapses outside defending the run, and plays with both balance and body control. Tenacious, works hard and displays good hand technique getting off blocks. Good closing burst of speed.

Negatives: Lacks height, handled at the point by a single blocker or engulfed by opponents. Not light on his feet and limited skills rushing the passer.

Analysis: A defensive lineman whose quickness gives him a decided advantage against opponents, Jefferson is a competitor always working to make the play. Has growth limitations, yet would be effective as a three-technique lineman or in a system that places him next to a wide-bodied tackle. Could turn out to be one of the better bargains on the second day of the draft.


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