Chicago Bears PreDraft Visits


Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; General view of Radio City Music Hall during the 2013 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Happy NFL Draft Day!!!  It’s one of the many Christmases that the league gives us.  Weeks and months of preparation will come to a head in a 3-day extravaganza that will change team’s fortunes and change young men’s lives.

The best indication of which players the Bears could be targeting would be to study up on the Chicago Bears Predraft visits.  Teams are allowed a certain amount of visits, including the all-important private workouts.  Private workouts give the team the ability to work the player out in their environment, meet personally with the player for added interviews and go through any medical concerns in depth.

Thanks to the great site WalterFootball, we’ve got a compilation of the Chicago Bears’ predraft visits.  I’ve highlighted the private workouts in BOLD.

  • Malcolm Agnew, RB, Southern Illinois (PRI)
  • Vic Beasley, DE/OLB/3-4OLB, Clemson (PRI)
  • Dominique Brown, RB, Louisville (EW)
  • Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern (PRI)
  • T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh (PRI)
  • Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana (COM)
  • Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (PRI)
  • Carl Davis, DT/3-4DE/NT, Iowa (PRI)
  • Alvin Dupree^, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Kentucky (COM, PRI)
  • Cornelius Edison, G/C, Portland State (PRI)
  • Mario Edwards Jr.^, DE/DT/3-4DE, Florida State (COM, PRI)
  • Deshazor Everett, CB, Texas A&M (PRO)
  • Dante Fowler Jr., DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Florida (PRI)
  • Max Garcia, C/OT/G, Florida (PRO)
  • Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (PRI)
  • Eli Harold, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Virginia (PRI)
  • Greg Henderson, CB, Colorado (EW)
  • D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida (PRI)
  • David Irving, DT/DE, Iowa State (WOR)
  • Byron Jones, CB/S, Connecticut (PRI)
  • Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers (PRI)
  • Matt LaCosse, TE, Illinois (LOC)
  • Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State (PRI)
  • Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (PRI)
  • Benardrick McKinney^, OLB/ILB, Mississippi State (INT, PRO, PRI)
  • DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (PRI)
  • Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida (PRI)
  • Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor (PRI)
  • Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss (COM)
  • Shane Ray, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Missouri (PRI)
  • Josh Shaw, CB/S, USC (PRI)
  • Danny Shelton^, DT/NT, Washington (SR, COM)
  • Trevor Siemian, QB, Northwestern (WOR)
  • Junior Sylvestre, OLB, Toledo (PRO)
  • Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State (PRI)
  • Kevin White, WR, West Virginia (PRI)
  • P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State (COM)
  • Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State (PRI)

If you break down the visits by position, here’s what we can see in a trend:

The Bears met with 19 offensive players and 19 defensive players.  I wonder if that was a coincidence or if that was planned by Ryan Pace.  Here’s a breakdown by position:

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OLB/DE = 7

CB = 6

WR = 5

RB = 4

OL = 4

QB = 4

S = 2

DE = 2

DT = 2

TE = 2

If we can try to glean anything from that it’s that the Bears are really interested in a pass rusher.  The Bears have talked to a lot of the top guys, so that could be where they’re leaning.  The Bears have talked to a surprising number of cornerbacks and not nearly enough safeties.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Bears have talked to plenty of wide receivers and running backs.  They’ve done their due diligence on the top QB, though I’d be shocked if the Bears made a move to select one of those two.  It’s interesting that the Bears have talked to a couple of tight ends, especially if the Martellus Bennett trade rumors have any steam.

The fact remains, the Bears are starting out with only six draft picks and a lot more holes to fill.