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Add Manti Te'o to List of Chicago Bears Pre-Draft Visits

Just last week we spotlighted the pre-draft meetings and visits that the Chicago Bears had conducted and those meetings and news of those meetings will only continue to come out as we zoom towards the April 25th NFL Draft.  There were a couple of new visits announced today, but the big name to be confirmed is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.  Te’o has been making the rounds lately, including visits to the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers.

I have wasted way too many bytes of data ripping on the idea of the Bears selecting Te’o, but Phil Emery will do his due diligence and bring him in for an interview.  Give the Bears credit for bringing him in under the radar, because he reportedly visited Halas Hall a couple of weeks ago.

Don’t put too much stock into the pre-draft visits.  As my intrepid reader John Mack did a little digging, the Bears brought in many, many prospects last season, but only Brandon Hardin and Alshon Jeffery were selected. 

That said, the pre-draft visits can be an indication of where the Bears are leaning.  They brought in several defensive ends including Chandler Jones, Whitney Mercilus and Bruce Irvin, the latter whom they deeply coveted.  When the Seahawks surprised everyone and selected Irvin earlier in the first round, the Bears ended up selecting Shea McClellin.  Even though they hadn’t worked him out specifically, they were dropping bread crumbs for us to follow.

Here is the updated list of the Bears pre-draft visit, via Walter Football:

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)
Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri (PRI)
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)
Keith Pough, LB, Howard (INT)
Eric Rogers, WR, Cal Lutheran (PRO)
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (INT)
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (PRI)
Brandon Williams, DL, Missouri Southern (SR)

With Te’o, Arthur Brown and Alec Ogletree having met with the Bears, it’s clear the Bears are interested in grabbing a linebacker at some point in the draft.  They also have a few offensive linemen, a couple of wide receivers, some DB’s and even a couple of running backs.

What do you think?  Are the Bears serious about Te’o or just doing their due diligence?  Should they consider Te’o if they trade down and can pick up an extra pick?  What about some of the other positions they’re considering?  Can you read the tea leaves and surmise what Phil Emery is going to do?  Make your predictions and post your Comments!

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  • David A Maupin

    I originally thought we would be picking Ogletree and was pretty confident about that however something is telling me he will be picked before #20. I think that we are going to select Warmack now because Cooper will be chosen in the 10-15 range. I say throw all the cards on the table and do what you have to do to get Tavon Austin. 3 yrs from now any football team would have wished they got him and will be the best skill position player in the draft.

    • Ronald Larson

      There is 0 chance Warmack will fall to us. He is the one who is going to be going in the 10 range, not cooper. Don’t get me wrong, it would be a dream to see warmack fall to us, but he’d have to pass the Browns, Eagles, Cardinals, Titans, Chargers and Cowboys.

      I do agree it would be really awesome to grab Austin. But If Cooper or Ogletree where there that would be our selection. If neither are there we would probably just trade down and grab Arthur Brown.

  • Ronald Larson

    I would love to grab Te’o. If he was to fall to us in the second round it would be a great pick up. I would take Ogletree and Arthur Brown over him any day, but if they are gone it wouldn’t be a bad pick. It most likely won’t happen because I’m sure he’d be selected before hand, but anyone who gets him in the second will have great value.