Information on the pre-draft prospect meetings are coming fast and furious for the Chicago Bears thanks to the instantaneous nature of social media. In years past fans would have to dig for any bits of news on which players teams were meeting with, but these days the digging is usually centralized around Twitter.
Earlier today I asked the question, What should we make of all these pre-draft prospect meetings? So if you haven't checked that out you should do so as soon as humanly possible.
Last week at the East-West Shrine game, the Bears were spotted mostly talking to a wide receivers, but at the Senior Bowl this week, Chicago's scouting staff is more varied.
- Florida ILB Antonio Morrison (6'1", 232) - 6th
- Northwestern FB Dan Vitale (6', 240) - 6th
- Illinois DE Jihad Ward (6'5", 296) - 7th
- Maryland DE Quinton Jefferson (6'4", 289) - 7th
CBS Sports calls Morrison (from nearby Bollingbrook High School), "Arguably the most intense player at the college level." I'm sure Bears fans' would love to see some intensity in the middle of their defense. He tore up his knee at the end of the 2014 season, but busted his ass to return and play in 14 games as a senior, racking up 96 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Northwestern's Vitale, another local kid who played at Wheaton-Warrenville South, was kind of a tight end/fullback/H-Back hybrid for the Wildcats, they called it a Superback. The South team has him playing exclusively at fullback this week. At Northwestern Vitale lined up all over the field and he had 135 receptions, 1,427 receiving yards (10.6 avg) and 11 receiving TDs as a 4 year starter.
It is worth noting that new Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggians dis use a fullback when he was the play caller for the Tennessee Titans. Last year's O.C., Adam Gase, did not.
Dan Vitale/Northwestern also stopping defenders dead in their tracks in blocking drills.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 26, 2016
Jihad Ward lined up at both defensive tackle and defensive end for Illinois, but with his size, he's probably looking at a 5 technique DE in a 30 front. He was Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in 2014 and 2015 after playing in Junior College in 2012 and 2013. For the Illini he racked up 104 tackles, 12.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, 5 FR, 3 FF and 3 PBU.
Senior Bowl: Illinois DE Jihad Ward (6-5, 295) has power & athleticism on the edge. He can get home to the QB.— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) January 27, 2016
Jihad Ward really showing off today. Lean, athletic 295lb monster.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 27, 2016
Jefferson was also Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection in 2015. He only played in 3 games during the 2014 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee. During the 2013 and 2015 seasons he started all 25 games, while making 86 tackles, 20 TFLs and 9.5 sacks.
Quinton Jefferson/DT/Maryland impressing during interviews. Teams like his character and personality.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 26, 2016
What are your thoughts on these four prospects?