Chicago Bears Met with Safety Cody Prewitt at NFL Combine


Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi defensive back Cody Prewitt speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears are doing their due diligence at the NFL Combine, meeting with Ole Miss safety prospect Cody Prewitt.

Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss

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Prewitt measures in at 6’2″ and 208 lbs.  While he hasn’t run his 40 yet, his scouting report reports that he’s not the fleetest of foot.  That’s not great news for a free safety but it’s not all bad news. Here’s a bit from his NFL Draft Profile from CBS Sports:

"Well-built frame for the position with long limbs. Better athlete than expected with consistent play speed and quick acceleration. Direct angles in pursuit, taking the quickest route from A-to-B. Excellent downhill vision to stay at home and read the play, displaying instincts to sniff out fakes and recognize play designs.Attacks the line of scrimmage like a charging bull with proper break down technique in space. Sound tackler with a proper strike zone and technique. Will de-cleat ballcarriers with timing and physicality to jar the ball loose (five career forced fumbles). Nose for the ball with opportunistic ballskills to track and attack (12 career interceptions). Emotional leader and not afraid to get into the face of his teammates to praise or coach up. Productive starting experience (41 career starts) as a two-time First Team All-SEC member and 2013 All-American."

I’ve seen projections for Prewitt as high as round 2 and as low as the 6th round, so it’s a pretty wide range.  It’s still early in the process, so his projection will come into focus as he progresses through the draft process.

There’s no denying the Bears need help in their secondary, particularly at free safety.  Chris Conte had a bit of a bounceback year when he was on the field, but he struggled to stay healthy and enters the offseason as a free agent.  I just can’t see Fox and GM Ryan Pace going back to Conte.  The Bears certainly need to find a young free safety to be the centerfielder in their new defense.

A couple of the top safeties on the board, like Landon Collins from Alabama are considered strong safeties who will excel playing closer to the line of scrimmage.  It’s hard to find a quality free safeties who have the range and instincts to be in the right spot consistently.  Could Prewitt by that guy?