Bears Interested in LB Prospect

With the draft just days away, we bring you another player who had an individual workout with the Bears. This linebacker was a late bloomer in college, but led his conference in tackles as a senior.

San Diego State LB Freddie Keiaho broke into the starting lineup as a senior and became a First-team All-Conference selection. He paced the Mountain West Conference with 113 tackles, including 11.5 for loss.

The 6-foot, 224-pound Keiaho didn't have an impressive showing at the Combine, running the 40 in approximately 4.7 seconds. He improved his stock during San Diego State's pro day and personal workouts. He's clocked in as fast as 4.58 seconds.

Scout.com ranks Keiaho as the 30th best outside linebacker prospect, earning a two-star rating. He has been projected as high as a late first day selection. More likely, he'll come off the board sometime during the fourth or fifth round.

Keiaho has also worked out for the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, and Indianapolis Colts.

The Bears want to add depth at linebacker through the draft and are likely to do so early. If an extension gets done with Pro Bowler Lance Briggs before the Bears go on the clock with the 26th pick, linebacker would drop down the priority list. With only one other first day selection, general manager Jerry Angelo could also turn to the middle rounds in search of depth.

Keiaho will have to earn his roster spot playing special teams as a rookie. He needs to build strength in order to succeed at the next level as a linebacker.

TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Positive:
Explosive linebacker with marginal size/speed numbers. Plays with good pad level, quickly changes direction and takes good angles to the play. Disciplined, diagnoses plays and stays with the action. Can pedal in reverse and flashes skill in coverage.

Negative: Not strong at the point and has tackles broken. Cannot stack against the run.

Analysis: A late bloomer who took off as a senior, Keiaho is a one-gap linebacker who could also backup on the inside of a 34 defense.


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