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Chicago Bears Pre-Draft Visits


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.   

 Chicago 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?

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  • John Mack

    Here would be something interesting to compare. If you could get your hands on prior pre-draft lists (say 3-4 years worth) and see how many of those prospects actually did get picked up by the team via the draft/invites for undrafted, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Davis/100004019146518 David Davis

    I was wondering the same thing John, Did we have Shea in for Predraft last year? or Alshon?

    • John Mack

      Did some digging and found a list of last year’s Pre-Draft Vists. [Alshon and Brandon Hardin were amongst the names appearing].

      *UPDATED* – I added their combine draft grades and then what teams took the players and where in the draft.

      [85.0] – OLB Zach Brown (North Carolina)
      taken by Titans rd. 2/pick 20/overall 55

      [59.7] – OLB Darius Fleming (Notre Dame)
      taken by 49ers rd. 5/pick 30/overall 165

      [-] – DE Tim Fugger (Vanderbilt)
      taken by Colts rd. 7/pick 7/overall 214

      [62.0] – S Brandon Hardin (Oregon State) <—
      BEARS rd. 3/pick 16/overall 79

      [85.0] – MLB Dont’a Hightower (Alabama)
      taken by Patriots rd. 1/pick 25/overall 25

      [90.5] – DE Melvin Ingram (South Carolina)
      taken by Chargers rd. 1/pick 18/overall 18

      [80.0] – OLB Bruce Irvin (West Virginia)
      taken by Seahawks rd. 1/pick 15/overall 15

      [84.0] – WR Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) <—
      BEARS rd. 2/pick 13/overall 45

      [49.2] – S Matt Johnson (Eastern Washington)
      taken by Cowboys rd. 4/pick 40/overall 135

      [83.5] – S Trumaine Johnson (Montana)
      taken by Rams rd. 3/pick 2/overall 65

      [84.2] – DE Chandler Jones (Syracuse)
      taken by Patriots rd. 1/pick 21/overall 21

      [-] – OT Dennis Kelly (Purdue)
      taken by Eagles rd.5/pick 18/overall 153

      [] – G Ronald Leary (Memphis)
      taken by rd. /pick /overall

      [86.0] – DE Whitney Mercilus (Illinois)
      taken Texans by rd. 1/pick 26/overall 26

      [86.0] – WR Rueben Randle (LSU)
      taken by Giants rd. 2/pick 31/overall 63

      [52] – TE Adrien Robinson (Cincinnati)
      taken by Giants rd. 4/pick 32/overall 127

      [82.0] – OT Donald Stephenson (Oklahoma)
      taken by Chiefs rd. 3/pick 11/overall 74

      [58.7] – CB Keith Tandy (West Virginia)
      taken by Bucs rd. 6/pick 4/overall 174

      [88.5] – WR Kendall Wright (Baylor)
      taken by Titans rd. 1/pick 20/overall 20

      - Found on yardbarker (dot) com.

      So don't be surprised if we pull at least one name off of that list.

      • BearGogglesOn

        Really good stuff J-Mack! I might have to put you on the payroll! Thanks for digging this up.

        • John Mack

          This is all an out growth of The Phil Emery Effect. Now more than ever, I am paying attention to numbers and what our eyes fail to see. I’m following the mind set our GM is trying to cast over the entire organization and hopefully the fan base as well. It’s a more definitive and concrete way of looking at the game, a science as he and Trestman would probably coin it. When Emery came in, he immediately gave Jay two tall weapons. This off-season he upgraded the line and we’re not done yet (wait till the draft, I see another guard and a center * cough* Barrett Jones *cough* in our future ;) ). Emery doesn’t tip his hand, but when he does talk he shoots straight from the hip about the situation. I’ve fully bought in, so you’re just seeing the results of The Phil Emery Effect.

  • John Mack

    Here’s a list of how all those invitees graded out from the combine:

    [84.0] – Terron Armstead,OL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (EW)
    [90.3] – Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State (PRI)
    [68.0] – Josh Evans, S, Florida (EW)
    [-] – Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire (EW)
    [77.05] – Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State (PRI)
    [72.3] – Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA (SR)
    [56.0] – Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky (EW)
    [60.0] – Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada (COM)
    [92.9] – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (COM) (INT)
    [52.0] – Edmond Kugbila, OL, Valdosta State (PRI)
    [56.7] – Robert Lester, DB, Alabama (SR#)
    [63.7] – Zach Line, RB, SMU (EW)
    [54.8] – Bradley McDougald, S, Kansas (EW)
    [60.1] – Brandon McGee, DB, Miami (PRI)
    [71.4] – Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M (INT) (EW)
    [67.0] – Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech (COM)
    [-] – Keavon Milton, TE, Louisiana-Monroe (PRI)
    [84.0] – Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (PRI)
    [79.8] – Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M (COM)
    [-] – Eric Rogers, WR, Cal Lutheran (PRO)
    [73.2] – Brandon Williams, DL, Missouri Southern (SR)