Mobile Matters: Day 2 Candidates

We all know who the likely first-rounders are, but which Day 2 draft prospects are doing well at the Senior Bowl? The Chicago Bears showed a lot of interest Tuesday in a linebacker, a tight end, a wide receiver, a defensive tackle, and an offensive tackle. Bear Report has the latest from Mobile.

The following five players were all seen speaking at length with Bears officials Tuesday during preparations for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama:

LB Cliff Avril (6-3, 251) – Purdue


LB Cliff Avril
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The Skinny: A sensational athlete with good speed and quickness off the edge. Experienced at several positions, and incredibly productive with 30 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks the last two years combined. Could be a defensive end or an outside linebacker at the next level depending on scheme. Relies on his speed too much when rushing the passer and could be a liability defending the run. Another team interested was the Chargers.

Projection: Third or fourth round.

JC's Take: The success of fellow Boilermakers like Rosevelt Colvin, Shaun Phillips, and Anthony Spencer will certainly boost his stock, but he doesn't seem to fit as a 4-3 outside linebacker and might be better suited in a 3-4 system – just like the aforementioned pros. While he's a good young player, chances seem pretty slim that he'll be a Bear come April because of his specific skill set.

TE Fred Davis (6-4, 245) – Southern California


TE Fred Davis
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The Skinny: Very athletic with super soft hands. Quite productive as a senior for the Trojans, reeling in 62 passes for 881 yards and 8 touchdowns. Runs excellent routes and knows how to get open because he was a wide receiver as a prepster. Not much of a blocker, and his average speed doesn't make him a threat downfield. Other interested teams included the 49ers, Chargers, Eagles, and Falcons.

Projection: Second or third round.

JC's Take: The Bears could be in the market for a third tight end should John Gilmore leave via free agency, but a bigger prospect who's more of a blocker would make more sense since Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen will be doing all the receiving. A behemoth like Brad Cottam of Tennesee or Darrell Strong of Pittsburgh might be a better choice later in the draft.

WR D.J. Hall (6-3, 186) – Alabama


WR D.J. Hall
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The Skinny: Topped 1,000 yards receiving as a junior (1,014) and a senior (1,005) while registering 17 career touchdowns catches. Has great height and is also an excellent leaper when the ball is in the air. Always a threat to make the big play and is explosive after the catch. Broke Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Newsome's record for career 100-yard receiving games with the Crimson Tide. Needs to bulk up and get stronger, plus he's been in and out of trouble on several occasions. One Bears scout called him a "Torry Holt-type" during practice Tuesday.

Projection: Fourth or fifth round.

JC's Take: How the Bears approach the receiver position will depend heavily on what happens to Bernard Berrian in free agency. But even if Berrian is re-signed, at least one more playmaker in the passing game is absolutely necessary.

DT Marcus Harrison (6-3, 310) – Arkansas


DT Marcus Harrison
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The Skinny: Average size but an extremely quick first step. Holds the point of attack quite well and was credited with 72 tackles as a senior – a huge number for a D-tackle. An excellent run defender who is very strong and awfully powerful. Not much of a pass rusher and only recorded 2.5 sacks as a collegian, plus he'll take a play off from time to time. Other interested teams included the Buccaneers, Chargers, and Dolphins.

Projection: Second or third round.

JC's Take: Tommie Harris and Dusty Dvoracek could be a killer combination in the middle if they ever get on the field together consistently, but they haven't been able to do so. While both should be 100 percent well before training camp, depth behind them was a concern this past season.

OT Chris Williams (6-6, 320) – Vanderbilt


OT Chris Williams
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The Skinny: An outstanding athlete for a man of his size with a surplus of quickness and agility. Not maxed out physically and could comfortably put on some more weight. Versatile enough to play both guard and tackle in college, but has the skills to develop into a solid left tackle on Sundays. Doesn't give full effort on every play and hasn't developed a true mean streak. Other interested teams included the Buccaneers, Falcons, Jaguars, and Saints.

Projection: Second or third round.

JC's Take: GM Jerry Angelo has to come out of this draft with at least one prospect at both guard and tackle, and he must do so much earlier than he did last year. If he can find a left tackle on draft day capable of starting immediately, John Tait could be moved back to his natural home on the right side.

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