Senior Bowl Scoop: Monday Update

The Chicago Bears once again have a blurry picture at the quarterback position heading into 2008, but they had a long conversation Sunday night with a very intriguing QB prospect during preparation for the Senior Bowl. Who is he? Bear Report has the inside scoop directly from Mobile.

Once again, the Monsters of the Midway head into the offseason with a blurry picture at the quarterback position.

Rex Grossman played miserably to begin the 2007 campaign, turning the ball over at an alarming rate before being benched in Week 4. Brian Griese put some life into the passing game for a little while, but he was also giving the ball away too often and ultimately got hurt like he always does. And while Kyle Orton performed well enough to win two of his three starts to close out the season, Bears brass is certainly not ready to hand him the starting job for 2008.

Is Grossman going to be re-signed? Will Griese even be brought back? Can Orton legitimately compete for No. 1 next season? Should GM Jerry Angelo draft another QB of the future in the first round of April's NFL Draft? Why do the Donovan McNabb rumors refuse to go away?

A potential answer to those questions may have been answered in Mobile, Alabama, where preparation for the Senior Bowl began in earnest over the weekend.

Scout.com is reporting that Bears officials spent the majority of their Sunday night talking with Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan.


QB Colt Brennan
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One of the most prolific passers the college game has ever seen, Brennan racked up an incredible 14,193 yards through the air by completing 1,115 of 1,584 passes (70.3 percent) in three years as a starter. His 131 touchdown passes is an all-time NCAA record. A finalist for the Heisman Trophy this past season, the 6-3, 190-pounder is very accurate, has a quick release, and possesses terrific touch and timing.

But like all Hawaii signal-callers before him, Brennan has been labeled a system quarterback who has spent next to no time running a pro-style offense. He worked primarily out of the shotgun, wasn't asked to make many NFL-type throws, and had his stats inflated in a run-and-shoot scheme coordinated by June Jones. He needs to put on a few pounds and get stronger in the weight room, and he has a tendency to play recklessly and take unnecessary risks.

Projected to be a second- or third-round prospect, the Bears would have to select Brennan at No. 44 overall in Round 2 or hope he falls to them at No. 75 in Round 3.

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