Bears Sign Two Tight Ends

There were 17 tight taken in the draft, but the Bears passed on the position. However, general manager Jerry Angelo signed two prospects following the draft. We have scouting reports on Timothy Day and Cooper Wallace.

Timothy Day School: Oregon Pos: TE
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 256 40: 4.76 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and sophomore campaigns. Totals last season included 22/201 after career numbers of 35/457/8 the prior season.

Pos: Nice-sized tight end developing a complete game. Finds the open seam in the defense, adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception in stride. Stays on his feet running after the reception, carrying the pile for extra yards. Solid position blocker who controls opponents at the point.

Neg: Lacks top playing speed and not a consistent deep threat. Over-extends into blocks or ducks his head which adversely affects his ability to finish off defenders.

Analysis: Suffering from a change of offensive systems at Oregon as a senior, Day had been a consistent player the previous three seasons. May slip through the cracks yet could be one of the draft's better bargains on Day Two.

Cooper Wallace School: Auburn Pos: TE
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 261 40: 4.85 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter and previous All-Conference selection. Senior totals were 20/195/1 after 19/302 the prior year.

Pos: Pass-catching, move tight end with marginal size\speed numbers. Plays with good pad level, displays adequate quickness running routes and extends to offer the quarterback a nice target. Adjusts for the errant throw and keeps the play in bounds running after the reception. Gives effort blocking and works until the whistle blows.

Neg: Lacks quickness, explosion and speed. Not strong at the point and rarely gets movement from blocks.

Analysis: A self-starter consistently improving on the field, Wallace nicely projects as a second tight end in the NFL.


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