No. 168 Selection: CB Corey Graham

The Bears are set at cornerback in 2007 with Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher in the starting lineup and Ricky Manning Jr. as the nickelback. But since both Tillman and Vasher are free agents after the season, it's time to locate a potential replacement or two. Corey Graham is a bigger corner and can play special teams, just the way Lovie Smith likes them.

Cornerback Corey Graham
On whether has experience playing the Cover 2 in college:
"It is funny because we played a lot of zone in college, and they play a lot of zone here. So I am pretty sure they probably looked into that already, and it helps us out a lot because I played a lot of zone at UNH. We played some man, but we didn't play a lot. So I'm used to zone coverage, and it will be a good fit for me."

On how the rehabilitation of his ankle injury is going:
"My leg feels good right now. I have been running on it for the last month now. I can kind of do everything, but it's been a lot better the last couple weeks. So it is getting pretty good. I already, like a month ago, had about 80 percent of my strength, but it's been getting better and better every day. But it's at least 90 percent right now, and I feel like I am able to do everything. So I am very positive about my ankle."

Director of College Scouting Greg Gabriel
On what kind of special teams experience Graham has in college:
"Corey Graham has played special teams and Payne, too. They both are team players. Graham is a returner also, and he has been a gunner. These guys are well-rounded players that have played a lot of football."

On if Graham is a bigger cornerback, as is Lovie Smith's preference:
"5-11.5, 190, 195 pounds."

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