Private Workout Scheduled for QB

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said in his season-ending press conference that the QB position must be stabilized in 2008. He just booked a private workout for one of the top prospects in this year's draft. Who is he? Scout.com has the scoop directly from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

Rex Grossman started off terribly and was benched by Week 4. Brian Griese provided a shot in the arm but couldn't stop throwing interceptions. Grossman played better when given a second chance yet got hurt again. Griese took the reigns back and promptly starting giving the ball away like before. Kyle Orton looked good in two starts but not so good in another.

The three-headed monster under center was enough to make even a fan's head spin, and general manager Jerry Angelo just might have seen enough.


QB Joe Flacco
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Scout.com senior NFL reporter Adam Caplan has learned that officials from the Chicago Bears have already scheduled a private workout in March with quarterback Joe Flacco of Delaware.

Originally forecasted to be a second- or third-round selection, Flacco (6-6, 230) impressed a lot of scouts at the Senior Bowl and could now be in the mix at the end of Round 1. A prototypical drop-back passer who put up huge numbers in two seasons with the Blue Hens, he can make all the throws necessary of a pro quarterback and possesses excellent touch and timing. His mechanics need some work and he didn't play against top collegiate competition, but he's drawn rave reviews so far and is moving up draft boards everywhere.

The Monsters of the Midway own the 14th-overall selection in the NFL Draft this April, much too high to consider Flacco, so they will either have to trade down in the first round or hope he falls to them in the second at No. 44.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.


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