Bears Tab Prospects from BCS Title Game

When two schools have as good a year that Texas and USC had in 2005, scouts flock to their players headed to the draft. 0n Wednesday, the Bears talked with three prospects that were a part of the epic Rose Bowl game.

Scouts from the organization were spotted talking with Trojans OL Deuce Lutui, as well as Longhorns OT Jonathan Scott and CB Cedric Griffin.

The Bears have been active when it comes to getting face time with offensive lineman since getting to Mobile over the weekend.

It doesn't get any bigger than Lutui, who is six-foot-5, 375 pounds and has experience at both tackle and guard. As a senior at USC, he started at left guard and earned All-Pac-10 first team honors.

While he can manhandle defenders, there are concerns about his athleticism. If he doesn't engulf a lineman initially he has shown a propensity to loose his balance.

Scott started 38 games at left tackle during his final three years at Texas. At six-foot-7, 307 pounds he has the size to be dominant, but has not done so on a consistent basis. He played in a run first offense, which means he may be behind other prospects when it comes to proper technique in pass blocking.

With three starters over the age of 30, the Bears are interested in adding youth and depth on the offensive line. Neither Lutui nor Scott would be expected to start as rookies and would be able to learn behind seasoned veterans.

The Bears have failed to address the offensive line in two consecutive drafts for the first time in team history. GM Jerry Angelo appears to be trying to rectify the situation this year.

The organization has made no secret that they will look to upgrade the depth in the secondary. The expected departure of CB Jerry Azumah as an unrestricted free agent will create a need. S Mike Green is likely to become a cap casualty at some point in the off-season.

Griffin started his last 38 games at cornerback for Texas. He hasn't shown a knack for coming up with the ball, intercepting just three passes in 50 games. However, at six-foot-1, 190-pounds he has good size and can play a physical brand of cornerback.

The Bears had an extended meeting with Griffin that went on for more than 20 minutes. Angelo had good luck the last time he scouted a Longhorns cornerback at the Senior Bowl.

Nathan Vasher was the 110th overall selection by the Bears in the 2004 draft. He led the team with 5 interceptions as a rookie and followed that up by being elected to the Pro Bowl after picking off 8 passes in 2005.

The Bears also met with Brian Iwuh a linebacker/safety from Colorado. Although he has been used exclusively at linebacker in Mobile, he was rated as the highest strong safety in the nation coming into his senior season. Teams have spoken with him about playing both positions and Iwuh would like to see time in the secondary. Has shown speed in practice and has unloaded on more than one ball carrier, but has not looked natural in pass coverage from the linebacker position.


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