Safety in Numbers

For the second straight day we inspect a safety the Bears could have major interest in come draft time. Take a look at how the prospect could fit with the Bears as well as a scouting report examining his strengths and weaknesses.

Yesterday we told you that the Bears have their eye on South Carolina safety Ko Simpson. Today we look at Nebraska defensive back Daniel Bullocks.

Last week the Bears met with Bullocks. During his interview, he broke down X's and O's with a Chicago scout. Although the six-foot, 212-pounder didn't do much physically, he impressed during a film session with his knowledge of the defense. On more than one occasion, Bullocks was asked to diagram a play for the scout and more than held his own.

On the Scout.com draft board, Bullocks is rated as the eighth best safety prospect in the draft.

The Bears have had recent success with a safety from Nebraska. Mike Brown was a second round pick in 2000. However, part of the reason the team is looking for depth at safety is Brown's inability to stay healthy. He's missed 18 games over the past two seasons because of injury.

"We carried 11 (defensive backs) I believe on the 53 last year. You can't have enough skill," said general manager Jerry Angelo. "Those guys are running all the time. It seems like they're playing more and more.

"Then you have to have depth. And then they're the core of special teams. It's a tough position. It's a supply and demand business and the colleges just aren't generating enough of them."

Bullocks recorded 83 total tackles, four passes defended and one interception as a senior with the Cornhuskers in 2005. He spent the bulk of his college career at free safety, but spent time on the strong side during the Senior Bowl.

Even though he's slightly bigger than Simpson, Bullocks turned in a faster 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.41 seconds. He's suited to play in the Cover 2, but needs to iron out his technique in order to be a starter at the next level.

Scouting Report:
Positive: Solid run defending safety best covering the pass in zone. Picks up assignments, patrols center field and gets vertical to defend the ball. Displays a sense of timing and anticipation. Possesses a burst to the action. Works well with quarterbacks. Wraps up in run support.

Negative: Struggles in man-to-man coverage and not quick transitioning. Marginally effective on the blitz. Tends to gather into tackles.

Analysis: A potential two deep zone safety, Bullocks offers solid skills for the next level. Not as polished or versatile as his brother (Keith) yet a solid middle round pick.


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