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WR Daryle Hawkins, Oregon (6’3, 198) – Good size but modest production for the Ducks (23, 347, 3) last season. Hawkins doesn’t have great speed (4.57) or strength so he will need to excel on special teams to stick around.
G Larry Banks, Louisiana Tech (6’3, 325) – Raw technique, but great size, very strong, and moves well for a big man.
OLB Keenan Graham, UCLA (6’1, 242) – Couldn’t crack UCLA’s talented starting lineup (Anthony Barr, Jordan Zumwalt, Myles Jack) but was very productive off the bench with 7 TFLs and 6 sacks. Good speed (4.66) and dangerous pass rusher off the edge, but a better fit for a 3-4. Graham could stick around as a pass rush specialist.
DT Francis Bah, Liberty (6’2, 301) – The German-born Bah is relatively new to football, but shows promise athletically. Bah moves well for his size, he’s been timed as fast a 4.78 in the 40, and has an explosive first step. He needs to add strength and the jump from Liberty to the NFL will take time, but Bah has NFL potential and is a practice squad candidate.
DE Jamil Merrill, Rutgers (6’3, 248) – Played OLB in a 3-4 at Rutgers but will be transitioning to DE with the Bears. Merrill had 5.5 sacks and 10.5 TFLs in 2012, but had a disappointing senior season (2 sacks). He has an explosive first step, good short area quickness and has shown signs in the past of being able to get the edge on offensive tackles. Merrill is a potential 3rd down pass rusher.
DL Anthony Wells, Northern Illinois (6’3, 291) – Wells was solid but unspectacular for the Huskies with 6.5 sacks over three seasons. He’s strong vs the run and may be a better fit as a DT for the Bears.
DE Calvin Washington, Western Kentucky (6’4, 289) – Started 6 games for the Hilltoppers and had 1.5 sacks and 22 tackles. I can’t find much info on Washington and he didn’t stand out at all on the WKU tape I watched while scouting LB Andrew Jackson (Ind) & FS Jonathan Dowling (Oak), two players I liked as targets for the Bears.