2014 Chicago Bears Draft Picks: Bears select Minnesota Safety Brock Vereen in the 4th Round

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The Bears jumped back into the fourth round to address a need at safety, taking Brock Vereen out of Minnesota in the fourth.

Brock Vereen, Minnesota (6'0, 199 lbs)

Vereen started every game in his final season, playing both safety and cornerback.

NFL.com Draft Profile

A flexible, fluid player with good range, Vereen can compete and neotigate traffic.  Strong route recognition skills and awareness, he can carry in man coverage.  Smart, capable of lining up defenses and relaying looks, plays as a gunner on special teams.

Vereen does have small hands and short arms, with 30" arms.  He doesn't have the ideal size or bulk to match up with NFL-caliber tight ends.  He's not a heavy hitter, and his hands aren't what you'd want to be on a turnover-centric defense, with just four career interceptions.  Additionally, his size lends to questions about his long term durability.

In short, a smart player with the kind of intangible that could help him overcome physical shortcomings to be a successful defensive back.

Highlights:

The Bears finally draft a safety. How do you feel about it? How are you feeling about the draft? Let us know!

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