Rutgers’ Harrison among Bears undrafted free agents

Rutgers WR Mark Harrison spent time training with the Bears Brandon Marshall.

Rutgers WR Mark Harrison spent time training with the Bears Brandon Marshall.

Trying to find a gem in the scores of college football players that go undrafted, the Chicago Bears announced the signing of ten undrafted free agents.

Perhaps the biggest name is former Rutgers WR Mark Harrison, who had the dubious distinction of being implicated in the hotel room trashing at February’s scouting combine along with former Clemson star DeAndre Hopkins. Harrison, who spent time prior to the draft working out alongside the Bears Brandon Marshall, carried a draftable grade, though the hotel room incident may have turned off some clubs. READ MORE

Bears fills holes, add depth in NFL draft

Bears fifth round choice, OT Jordan Mills of Louisiana Tech, getting ready prior to the snap.

Bears fifth round choice, OT Jordan Mills of Louisiana Tech, getting ready prior to the snap.

The Chicago Bears used the second and third day of the NFL draft to shore up needs in both the linebacking and offensive line areas.

In the second and fourth rounds, the Bears hope they added starters in LB’s Jon Bostic of Florida and Rutgers Khaseem Greene. Second rounder Bostic, 6-1, 245,  was an absolute hammer in the middle of the Gators defense, especially against the run. According to The Slant…2013 NFL Draft Guide, READ MORE

Bears pick of Long short on positives

Bears first round choice Kyle Long at the Senior Bowl

Bears first round choice Kyle Long at the Senior Bowl

Good thing the Chicago Bears annual draft party wasn’t scheduled until Friday night. With the NFL draft’s first round in the books late Thursday evening, the Bears reach of Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long would have been ment with a cascade of “why’s and “oh no’s” by savvy Bears fans who expected their favorite club to take advantage of several higher rated players left on the board.

The Bears had their choice of the top-rated tight end on the board in Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert, Irish teammate, LB Mantei Te’o who would have filled a need, athletic DT Shariff Floyd of Florida, and highly regarded cornerbacks Desmond Trufant of Washington and Xavier Rhodes of Florida State. Instead, they bypassed all for Long, who had only five career starts at Oregon.

Despite his inexperience, the Bears expect Long to push for immediate playing time.

In fact, the choice of Long, at best a mid-second or third round pick in the eyes of most observers, rated as one of the surprises of a wild and highly unpredicatble first round that saw only one quarterback chosen and no running backs, the first time that’s occurred since 1963.

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