53-Man Roster Probability: 100 percentEarl Bennett when it's all said and done.
53-Man Roster Probability: 95 percent
DE Henry Melton
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DE Henry MeltonThe one-time running back generated a lot of buzz just before the draft with his Pro Day performance in Austin, especially since he wasn't even invited to showcase his skills at the Scouting Combine. But even though Melton has the look of a pass-rushing threat and the athleticism to match, he's considered a prospect at defensive end and probably won't see the field very much as a rookie. With Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye entrenched in the starting lineup, plus Idonije and Mark Anderson both expected to contribute off the bench, Melton might be destined for the practice squad.
53-Man Roster Probability: 35 percent
CB D.J. MooreExpected to come off the board some time in Round 2, Chicago landed quite a deal with Moore still available in the latter stages of the fourth round. Yet another former Vanderbilt Commodore to be added to the mix, Moore isn't what this team looks for at the cornerback position – Smith and Co. usually like them bigger and stronger – but brings the kind of ball skills that have been lacking on this unit since Nathan Vasher stopped coming up with all those interceptions. Moore is a good bet to make the team in part because he can double as a return man, and his upside makes him more of a keeper than either Trumaine McBride or Marcus Hamilton.
53-Man Roster Probability: 85 percent
WR Johnny KnoxSome scouts questioned his level of competition, first playing junior college ball and then moving on to Abilene Christian, but Knox looked like the real deal during rookie minicamp and continues to raise eyebrows in OTAs. While veteran Rashied Davis is still listed as the "starter" in the slot in three-wide packages, Knox has elite speed and could deliver more explosive plays if he gets the ball in open space. However, it was Bennett who appeared to be one of the best receivers on the team already at this time last year, yet he barely made the roster coming out of training camp and didn't catch one pass in 2008.
53-Man Roster Probability: 90 percentPisa Tinoisamoa, the Bears may have the deepest linebacking corps in the entire league. Freeman is a big fan of Lance Briggs and slated to work behind him at the weak-side linebacker position, but he's not even getting snaps with the second-team defense yet in OTAs – even undrafted rookie free agent Mike Rivera is seeing time with the twos in the middle. While Freeman is surely a better long-term prospect than Joey LaRocque, it could come down to which one of them is better on special teams.
53-Man Roster Probability: 55 percent
S Al Afalava
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53-Man Roster Probability: 25 percentTyler Reed.
53-Man Roster Probability: 5 percent
WR Derek KinderThe former Pittsburgh Panther was in the conversation for the Biletnikoff Award as a junior in 2006, but a torn ACL the following year led to a medical redshirt and then a below-expectations performance as a senior in '08. After a slow start to the offseason program in which he wasn't catching the ball consistently enough, Kinder appears to have turned the corner during OTAs and is getting reps with the second unit. But even though the Bears are desperate for playmakers in the passing game, Kinder looks like he needs some more seasoning.
53-Man Roster Probability: 10 percent
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