Contracts for Draft Class Complete

After the Bears agreed to terms with Danieal Manning and Dusty Dvoracek on Wednesday, the team appears done talking money for the time being. The duo represented the final two unsigned draft picks from the 2006 class.

With Manning and Dvoracek in the fold, all seven of Chicago's picks are under contract. They join second-round pick Devin Hester (57th overall), fourth-round pick Jamar Williams (120th overall), fifth-round pick Mark Anderson (159th overall) and sixth-round picks J.D. Runnels (195th overall) and Tyler Reed (200th overall).

The fact that Manning and Dvoracek each agreed to terms on the same day is fitting. When the team traded out of the first round, the picks acquired were used on the safety and defensive tackle. In a trade with the Buffalo Bills, the Bears parlayed the 26th overall pick into a second (42nd) and third round (73rd) choice.

Manning, the Bears first selection in the draft, was a three-year starter at Abilene Christian before becoming the second-highest drafted player in school history. He started all 30 games he appeared in for the Wildcats and tallied 159 tackles, two sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 11 interceptions, 13 pass break-ups, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and blocked four kicks.

The five-foot-11, 201-pound Manning proved to be a versatile threat. He registered 10 career touchdowns: three kickoff returns, three punt returns, two receiving, one fumble return and one interception return. He set a school record with six career special teams touchdown returns.

The Corsicana, Texas native was named a first-team All-America defensive back as a senior after earning first-team All-America accolades as a return specialist as a junior. Manning received first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division honors as a defensive back all three years and was the only active Abilene Christian player selected for the school's all-century team.

As a rookie, Manning is expected to compete with Chris Harris for playing time at free safety. He could also be a factor in the return game and on kick coverage.

Dvoracek was a four-year letterwinner at Oklahoma, starting 26 of 48 career games played while totaling 131 tackles with 16 sacks, 45 tackles for loss, one interception and three fumble recoveries. He ranks fifth all-time in Sooners history and third all-time among linemen in tackles for loss and is 12th on Oklahoma's career sacks list. The Dallas native was a two-time consensus All-Big 12 first team selection and was twice named to the All-Big 12 Academic first team.

The six-foot-3, 305-pound Dvoracek will immediately add to an already deep rotation on the interior of the defensive line. With Ian Scott due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, Dvoracek could work his way into the starting lineup as soon as next year.


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