No. 221 Selection: CB Trumaine McBride

The Bears really struggled in the secondary after Mike Brown went down in Week 6 this past season, and it appears that Jerry Angelo was paying attention. With the selection of Trumaine McBride from Mississippi, he has now taken back-to-back cornerbacks and three consecutive defensive backs. The competition at corner come training camp should be fun to watch.

Cornerback Trumaine McBride
On how much it means to be drafted by the Bears:
"This is such a blessing to be drafted by the Bears because I actually have family there. My father lives there now, so it is just great feeling right now to know that a team thinks so much of you to pick you. It just feels good that a team thinks enough of you to want to use a draft pick on you."

On whether he played more zone or man-to-man coverage in college:
"Actually, I feel like I am more of a man-to-man type cover because that is how we played at my four years at Ole Miss. But we played quite a bit of Cover 2, so actually, I feel quite comfortable playing man and zone and Cover 2."

Director of College Scouting Greg Gabriel
On what he saw on film from McBride and why he liked him:
"Very competitive kid. Three-year starter in the SEC. In my opinion, that is the best conference in the country. My scouts may argue that point. He's playing against top receivers week after week. He's done a good job. He's a tough, competitive kid. Not real big – he is 185 pounds – but he packs it well."

On what the organization is looking for this late in the draft:
"It still gets down to trades. We are going by our board and still taking value. Part of it has to do with free agency too because we have numbers we have to fill going into the college free agency and how many people we bring to camp, so we want to take the best guys. We still want to go with value."

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