The Chicago Bears history tells you a lot
The Chicago Bears are a very secretive team when it comes to the offseason. However, they have tipped their hand quite a bit under Matt Nagy when it comes to hiring coaches.
Matt Nagy brought in Harry Heistand from Norte Dame and then signed Alex Bars and Sam Mustipher as undrafted free agents. Charles London aided in the belief that Texans running back Lamar Miller might be worth a gamble. Miller was signed to the practice squad when the Chicago Bears running back depth was becoming challenged by injuries. Nick Foles, Bilal Nichols, and others are a product of who coaches know.
Who else would you trust other than someone working directly for you? Sure, Tom Herman’s hiring was more likely because of his ability to create a strong passing game and evaluate players. Let us not forget that this offseason, teams will not be able to watch or interview players easily directly.
Relying on area scouts will be one thing, but another advantage to getting information about players would be to bring in the person who recruited college players to their program. Tom Herman has personally worked with two quarterbacks that were top high school quarterback prospects.
It doesn’t just stop at the quarterbacks, though. Joseph Ossai (edge), Ta’Quon Graham (defensive line), Caden Sterns (defensive back), Chris Brown (defensive back), Tarik Black (receiver), Brennan Eagles (receiver), and Samuel Cosmi (offensive line) are the University of Texas products coach has worked within this year’s draft.
It does not stop with just one team for Tom Herman either. Coach Herman also coached Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2015 and 2016. Herman worked with the Eagles Greg Ward Jr., the Bengals William Jackson III, and the Ravens Tyus Bowser for starters.
SMU has been putting together some talent over the last decade. Courtland Sutton, Trey Quinn, and James Proche are some of the younger talents to emerge. We cannot forget about the vets like Margus Hunt, Emmanuel Sanders, and Cole Beasley. So who are some players that we should keep an eye on that Tom Herman has touched?
It is important to note that not all of these players are going to get drafted, and the Chicago Bears might steer clear because of what coach Herman has had to say about them as well. The connection between Herman and Texas will be more than SMU, though. With that said, let us get into who we should be aware of.