UDFA Analysis: Cooper Wallace

Even though 17 tight ends were drafted this year, the Bears waited until after the seven round process to address the position. See what TFY Draft Preview had to say about undrafted rookie free agent Cooper Wallace and where he fits in on the next level.

While Desmond Clark has lost ten pounds in the off-season, he still has to improve his production. Each of the past two seasons, Clark has finished the year with 24 receptions and his share of drops.

In general, tight ends have been a second thought in Chicago. The position combined for 28 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns last season, which is part of the reason the passing offense finished 31st in the league.

Leading up to the draft, there was speculation that the Bears would select a tight end. However, the team opted to sign Wallace and Tim Day as undrafted free agents.

Wallace, a three-year starter at Auburn, previously earned an All-Conference selection. After the Tigers had three offensive players go in the first round of the draft in 2005, the quality of talent around Wallace dropped dramatically his senior campaign. Still, he had 20 receptions for 195 yards and one touchdown. His junior season he caught 19 balls for 302 yards.

At six-foot-3, 261-pounds Wallace is far from a burner. His 40 time is in the 4.85 range.

At this point, Clark is the only known commodity at tight end. John Gilmore will have the inside track to a roster spot because of his ability to block, but is no lock to make the team. Although Gabe Reid can catch the ball, he's a liability in the run game.

With a wide-open competition expected in Bourbonnais, it could come down to a battle between Wallace and Day for the third spot on the depth chart with the runner up landing on the practice squad.

TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Positive:
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.

Negative: 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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