3rd round Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB/FS, Indiana- It's looking more and more likely that Angelo and Lovie are going to go the draft route to fill the big Free Safety need. The Rams really want to sign O.J. Atogwe to a long term contract, and Darren Sharper doesn't like playing in the Cover 2 defense. Akwasi Owusu-Ansau (Born on Sunday's) has played both Safety and Corner at Indiana, but scouts feel he is better off as a FS, and unlike some pro's Owusu-Ansah has the right attitude to play at the next level.
From Brad Biggs article at chicagobreakingsports.com
Obviously, there would need to be an adjustment period for Owusu-Ansah making the climb from the Division II level. But the Bears have shown a willingness to draft small-school players. They hit with wide receiver Johnny Knox from Abilene Christian last year. Owusu-Ansah is open to playing safety if that is what a team asks him to do.
"Whatever I can help the team," Owusu-Ansah said. "I've had to do a lot of explaining about our defense. We had a unique kind of defense. I definitely had to explain why I played at safety (sometimes), why I played at corner. We had different coverages for different situations. Certain coverages, I would be playing the safety position. Other coverages, I wouldn't."
Owusu-Ansah would be the best player available if he is there at #75. If he is not there look for the Bears to strongly consider Utah FS Robert Johnson who stock is also rising.
4th round Eric Olsen, C/OG, Notre Dame- Olsen if available kills two birds with one stone. The Bears have a need at LG and with Kruetz nearing the end of his career, Center will also be a need. Josh Beekman has been getting groomed to be Kruetz replacement, but Center is a position I feel will need a competition. The worst thing that can happen is the loser being shift to starting LG, and with both having experience playing all the interior line positions there won't be a big learning curve.
5th round Sean Lee, ILB, Penn State- 3rd round prospect that might fall in the draft because of a knee history, Sean Lee would be incredible value here. The Bears need to start grooming an eventual replacement for Brian Urlacher who will be 32 next season. Look for this pick to be a ILB, as the WR corp in next year draft will be one of the best in quite sometime.
6th round LaMarcus Coker, RB, Hampton- Even though the Bears have a good 1-2 punch in Chester Taylor/Matt Forte, Chester is 31 and won't be around for too long. LaMarcus Coker brings another dimension into the backfield with his 4.3 40 speed.
7th round LeRoy Vann, KR/PR, Florida A&M- With Daniel Manning being a jackass by not signing his tender and skipping workouts, Look for the Bears to fill the Kick Returner position during the later rounds of the draft. In his past two years at Florida A&M, Vann has contributed 11 special teams touchdowns.