Bears Add Three More DBs

Get a scouting report on undrafted free agents Dion Byrum,

Dion Byrum School: Ohio Pos: CB
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 175 40: 4.43 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-America honors as a senior after 45/6/6. Ran two interceptions back for scores last year. Junior totals included 50/0/7. Handled both punt- and kick-return duties in the past.

Pos: Game-impacting cornerback with top ball skills. Fluid transitioning off the line, displays outstanding playing speed and runs with opponents downfield. Quickly locates the ball and positions himself to defend the throw. Has a decisive move to the play. Possesses a good sense of timing and outstanding hands for the pick.

Neg: Bites on receivers' moves or fakes. Gets tall in his backpedal. Tends to do more hitting than wrap-up tackling.

Analysis: With opposing quarterbacks consistently throwing away from him last year, Byrum developed into an outstanding cover corner. Offers potential in nickel packages during the early stages of his career with future ability as a starter.

Donnie McCleskey School: California Pos: S
Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 193 40: 4.65 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. Posted 62/1/4 as a senior after 38/0/5 during an injury-riddled junior campaign. Career-best numbers of 102/2/11 came as a sophomore.

Pos: Intense competitor with an outstanding head for the game. Quickly diagnoses the action, has a burst of speed and works to get involved. Can pedal in reverse, transition, then run with receivers down field. Explosive defending running or screen plays, and effective on special-teams coverage units.

Neg: Under-sized and more of a drag-down tackler. Does not display a quick plant and break to the throw. Durability issues have been a concern the past two seasons.

Analysis: Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, McCleskey plays smart which gives him a decided advantage. Potential dime back who should excel on special teams.

Dwayne Slay School: Texas Tech Pos: S
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 216 40: 4.83 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior college transfer who moved into the starting unit as a senior and produced 114/1/1, on his way to All-Conference honors. Totaled 23 tackles as a junior.

Pos: Hard-hitting, run-defending safety improving his level of play. Reads the quarterback and possesses solid ball skills. Fluid moving in reverse, takes good angles to the action and works to get involved. Plays faster then his 40-time.

Neg: Lacks closing and recovery speed. Does more hitting than wrapping up and misses tackles. Shows hesitation in his game.

Analysis: Coming off a terrific senior campaign, the arrow is pointing up for Slay. Developmental zone safety who should excel on special-teams.


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