The Bears are scheduled to have Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown come to Halas Hall for a visit. Brown projects as a late first round or early second round draft pick and could be the heir apparent to Brian Urlacher.
Brown far from the first player that the Bears have met with this offseason. Be it at the East-West Shrine Game or the Senior Bowl, the Bears have chatted up several prospects.
Teams are allowed to have 30 pre-draft visits but bringing someone in doesn’t necessarily mean anything more than a mild interest. It could be they’re trying to get more medical info or have a personal interview to answer any potential off the field questions like with Alec Ogletree.
Thanks to our friends at Walter Football, here are the players who have had pre-draft visits with the Bears.
Terron Armstead, OL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (EW)
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State (PRI)
Josh Evans, S, Florida (EW)
Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire (EW)
Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State (PRI)
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA (SR)
Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky (EW)
Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada (COM)
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (COM) (INT)
Edmond Kugbila, OL, Valdosta State (PRI)
Robert Lester, DB, Alabama (SR#)
Zach Line, RB, SMU (EW)
Bradley McDougald, S, Kansas (EW)
Brandon McGee, DB, Miami (PRI)
Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M (INT) (EW)
Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech (COM)
Keavon Milton, TE, Louisiana-Monroe (PRI)
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (PRI)
Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M (COM)
Eric Rogers, WR, Cal Lutheran (PRO)
Brandon Williams, DL, Missouri Southern (SR)
Here’s the magic decoder ring for all the parenthetical references after each player.
SR – Senior Bowl meeting.
EW – East-West Shrine meeting.
COM – Combine meeting.
INT – Interested.
VINT – Very Interested.
PRO – Pro Day meeting.
PRI – Private Workout.
% – indicates more than one meeting.
# – indicates meeting set up outside of the 2013 Senior Bowl or the 2013 East-West Shrine Game
You see an eclectic mix of offensive and defensive players, bigger name first round possibilities and late round or undrafted free agent prospects. Take all of this with a grain of salt. At this time of year, there is a lot of subterfuge and teams try to put some red herrings out there to keep their true intentions close to the vest. Bears GM Phil Emery seems to be a master at it.
Any names on the list surprise you? Who would you like to see them bring in?