NFL Draft Buzz: Henne and Williams

It's possible the Chicago Bears take an offensive tackle and a quarterback on Day 1 of the NFL Draft. Vanderbilt tackle Chris Williams would be a quality choice at No. 14, while Michigan passer Chad Henne makes a lot of sense at No. 44. Scout.com has the latest update on both players. It's all inside ...

Henne's list of suitors getting longer by the day
The Monsters of the Midway will have veterans Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton battle it out for the starting job in training camp, but it's no secret that the organization is on the prowl for yet another quarterback of the future in the NFL Draft.


QB Chad Henne
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General manager Jerry Angelo is on record saying that he is looking closely at four QB prospects, believed to be Chad Henne of Michigan, Joe Flacco of Delaware, Colt Brennan of Hawaii, and Paul Smith of Tulsa.

Scout.com's Ed Thompson has confirmed through a league source that Henne worked out for the Seahawks on Tuesday and then went to dinner with team representatives. On Wednesday, Henne is working out for the Dolphins and the Buccaneers. He'll also be working out for the Falcons later this week.

After a solid performance at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and another strong outing at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Henne has established himself as one of the top signal-callers in the draft this April. Matt Ryan of Boston College is considered the No. 1 passer on the board, but Henne is making a push for No. 2 ahead of Louisville's Brian Brohm. The Bears have two selections in the third round, but they might have to take Henne at 44th overall in Round 2 if they want to keep him away from a growing list of teams showing interest in the former Wolverine.

According to Scout.com's most recent rankings, Henne is the No. 4 quarterback available behind Ryan, Flacco, and Brohm.

Williams to meet with Bears officials at Vanderbilt
There are as many as six offensive tackles that have been given a first-round grade in April's draft, and the Bears would be wise to select one of them at No. 14 overall considering how poor their blocking up front was this past season.


OT Chris Williams
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With the release of right tackle Fred Miller and veteran left tackle John Tait overdue for a move back to his natural home on the right side, all signs point to Angelo selecting a potential franchise tackle right away to protect his quarterback's blind side.

Scout.com's Doug Farrar conducted a one-on-one interview Wednesday with Vanderbilt's Chris Williams, who just completed a visit Tuesday with the Titans. According to Williams, he'll be spending Wednesday with the Bears in Nashville before heading to Detroit for a meeting with Lions officials Thursday.

Head coach Lovie Smith seems to prefer Boise State's Ryan Clady and attended his pro day personally, but the former Bronco is likely to be taken off the board before the Bears are on the clock in Round 1. Williams is NFL-ready as a pass blocker right now, although he needs to toughen up in the run game and develop more of a mean streak. If the Bears pass on Williams, they'd likely have to settle for a lesser-heralded prospect like Carl Nicks of Nebraska or Anthony Collins of Kansas at 44th overall in the second round.

According to Scout.com's most recent rankings, Williams is the No. 2 offensive tackle available behind Jake Long of Michigan.

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