Senior Bowl Buzz: Confirmed Meetings

The Chicago Bears had their eyes on many players during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, but they singled out a few they really like. Scout.com has confirmed that the team scheduled one-on-one interviews with the following four prospects. Who are they? Only Bear Report has the inside scoop ...

Zack Follett

A 6-2, 232-pound linebacker out of California, Follett has the room to add a little more bulk to his frame and shows above-average speed for a player at his position. He is quick to read the play and sheds blockers in a hurry on his way to the football, and he has also proven to be incredibly durable over the course of his collegiate career. But he can be a little stiff in coverage and isn't very fluid in his hips, as he simply isn't good enough of an athlete to run stride for stride with backs and tight ends downfield.

The No. 10 outside linebacker available for the 2009 NFL Draft according to the experts at Scout.com, Follett is expected to be selected somewhere in Round 4 or 5.

JC's Take: The Bears didn't get quality play at strong-side linebacker this past year from either Hunter Hillenmeyer or Nick Roach, so they could use another potential starter there come training camp.

Travis McCall

A 6-2, 264-pound tight end out of Alabama, McCall is more of a blocker than a pass catcher at this point because of his tremendous bulk and strength. He may offer enough versatility at the next level to be a prospect at fullback, and he was also known to be a solid contributor on special teams. But he doesn't have the height or speed scouts look for at the tight end position, so his upside may be limited there.

The No. 16 tight end available for the 2009 NFL Draft according to the experts at Scout.com, Follett is expected to be an undrafted free agent unless he squeezes into Round 7.

JC's Take: Kellen Davis has tons of potential after being taken in the fifth round last year, but he did not develop into the short-yardage and goal-line tight end this team lost when John Gilmore left in free agency.

Brian Robiskie

A 6-3, 199-pound wide receiver out of Ohio State, Robiskie reads defenses well and adjusts his routes accordingly in order to get open consistently in the secondary. He shields the ball from defenders with his wiry build and is positively fearless going over the middle to make the tough catch, and he shows very soft hands away from his body. But he's not particularly explosive and won't scare NFL corners with his speed, and he isn't very elusive in the open field either.

The No. 12 wide receiver available for the 2009 NFL Draft according to the experts at Scout.com, Robiskie is expected to be selected somewhere in Round 3 or 4.

JC's Take: It's no secret the Bears had perhaps the worst group of wideouts in the league last year, so a top-notch possession target to line up opposite Devin Hester makes a lot of sense.

Kraig Urbik

A 6-6, 328-pound guard out of Wisconsin, Urbik plays with a nasty streak down in the trenches and is absolutely relentless from whistle to whistle. He's best suited right now as a run blocker, getting under the defender's pads consistently and driving hard with his legs once he gets into position to move his opponent. But he's never been very effective blocking in space and has trouble from time to time when he has to change direction in a hurry.

The No. 5 guard available for the 2009 NFL Draft according to the experts at Scout.com, Urbik is expected to be selected somewhere in Round 4 or 5.

JC's Take: Left guard Josh Beekman had a respectable 2008 and should continue to get better, but right guard Roberto Garza could be pushed out of the starting lineup by a youngster with some potential.

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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