The best way to determine who the Chicago Bears are legitimately considering drafting in 2010 is to follow the players they have actively scouted or invited to Halas Hall for a pre-draft workout and check up. A lot of the players the Bears bring to Halas Hall are player they didn't have the chance to evaluate at the NFL combine because those prospects were not invited. So the Bears want to work up a full medical evaluation of these players before dipping into the pool of NFL talent and drafting them.
As I did last year on my wordpress.com blog I'll be keeping a running tab on the players the Bears scout via private workouts or by having them visit Halas Hall for an evaluation. In 2009 the Bears wound up with four prospects on their pre-season roster that they evaluated and worked out, away from the scouting combine or the prospect's regular pro-day.
The 2009 players were Henry Melton drafted in the fourth round, Al Afalava at safety drafted in the sixth round, offensive guard Lance Louis drafted in the seventh round and undrafted free agent LB Mike Rivera who played in the pre-season as a back up middle linebacker.
The list will start to take shape with more prospects after the NFL Combine at the end of February and will include upwards of 30 prospective players the Bears are interested in for one reason or another.
The list so far includes two of the top players from the Texas vs. the Nation college all-star game which was held after the week of the Senior Bowl. Two of the most impressive players during that week of practice and leading up to the game have been invited to Halas Hall as I covered in two separate stories when the new broke of the Bears having high interest in these players. From the 2009 Texas vs All-Star game the Bears were high on and winding up drafting Henry Melton and Johnny Knox.
The Bears have been busy lately adding more players to their pre-draft workout list. As rencently as Monday (April 5th) the Bears brought three players in for a full medical evaluation.
The list will continue to grow in these last couple weeks and as such I'll try to keep this list as complete as possible for Bears fans to evaluate.
Naaman Roosevelt Buffalo 6-foot-0 189-pounds
Freddie Barnes Bowling Green 6-foot-215-pounds
Antonio Robinson Nicholls State 6-foot-1 196-pounds
Nic Richmond TCU 6-foot-7 322-pounds
Jeff Linkenbach Cincinnati 6-foot-6 312-pounds
J'Marcus Webb West Texas A&M 6-foot-8 328-pounds
Levi Horn Montana 6-foot-7 327-pounds
Will Barker Virginia 6-foot-7 317-pounds
Ramone Harewood Morehouse 6-foot-6 341-pounds
Joe Hawley UNLV 6-foot-3 297-pounds
Reggie Stephens Iowa State 6-foot-3 314-pounds
Nick Howell USC 6-foot-5 300-pounds
Nate Collins Virginia 6-foot-2 279-pounds
Danny Batten (DE/OLB) South Dakota State 6-foot-4 254-pounds
Jeffery Fitzgerald Kansas State 6-foot-4 270-pounds
George Johnson Rutgers 6-foot-5 268-pounds
Barry Turner Nebraska 6-foot-4 254-pounds
Matt Mayberry Indiana 6-foot-2 238-pounds
Damaso Munoz Rutgers 6-foot-0 221-pounds
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah Indiana (PA) 6-foot-0 205-pounds
Amari Spievy Iowa 5-foot-11 195-pounds
Jerome Murphy South Florida 6-foot-0 196-pounds
Robert Johnson free safety Utah 6-foot-2 197-pounds
Quentin Scott free safety Northern Iowa 6-foot-4 224-pounds
Andy Huffman Purdue 6-foot-3 287-pounds
Players the Bears met with at the Senior Bowl
WR Taylor Price Ohio 4.41 40-yard dash at the Combine
WR Mardy Gilliard from Cincy 4.56
WR Jacoby Ford Clemson
OT Rodger Saffold Indiana
OT Vladimir Ducasse UMass
Safety Harry Coleman LSU
DT Geno Atkins Georgia
DT Lamar Houston Texas
DE Austen Lane Murray State
CB Trevard Lindley Kentucky
LB Sean Weatherspoon Missouri 6-1 245-pounds 4.64.…4.53/4.52 at Missouri Pro-Day 35 reps in the 225-bench
LB Daryl Washington TCU 4.66 40-yard dash
RB Joique Bell Wayne State FBC school 5-11 224-pounds
TE Garret Graham from Wisconsin