Bears eyes on top prospects in annual Senior Bowl

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Senior Bowl Ladd Peebles 2013

Under Chamber of Commerce weather conditions in Mobile, Alabama, Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, his coaching staff, and the Bears front office begin reviewing the top senior prospects this week during Senior Bowl practices. With Fox leading the North squad, the Bears have a unique advantage to interact with players as workouts kickoff Tuesday and wrap up with the annual game on Saturday.

The bulk of the information is gathered during mid-week practices and evening interviews, but the Bears receive additional exposure by coaching in the game.

Here are five players on Fox’s North Squad to keep an eye on:

-CB Desmond King, Iowa…Experienced, tough, productive, King provides the ball skills and instincts the Bears need to upgrade their deep patrol. He also offers versatility as a punt returner. Willing run supporter.

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-WR Zay Jones, East Carolina…Unheralded  but good-sized (6-1) and ultra productive. Jones is the all-time NCAA career receptions leader with 399 catches, including a single-season record of 159 receptions. More quick than fast, knows how to get open as his stats indicate.

-QB Nate Peterman, Pittsburgh….In a motley group of senior prospects, Peterman offers some intriguing possibilities. Strong arm, good size (6-2)and posted solid numbers as Panthers signal caller the last two seasons after transferring from Tennessee. Accurate thrower who sees the field and is clutch with the game on the line. Guided Panthers to victory over national champ Clemson. Threw 26TD’s, 7 Int., 2602 yards.

-S Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis….Stud small-college prospect who earned Senior Bowl invite with outstanding performance in last weekend’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl where he intercepted two passes and recorded three tackles. Led all FCS players with 18 picks during his career, demonstrating his ball-hawking skills and big-play ability.Four-time first-team All Conference. Added value as a returner, second in FCS this past season with a 28.9 average on kick returns, and led FCS in 2015 with a 31.2 average per return. Will be closely watched to see how he competes against higher caliber competition.

-TE Mike Robe

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rts, Toledo…MAC prospect with good hands and length. Excels as a receiver with soft mitts to clutch off target passes. Moves effortlessly. Possesses the size, but needs to add bulk to become a more effective inline blocker. Comes off solid week at Shrine game where he was one of the better prospects. Overcame adversity at an early age with family and school issues, but persevered.

Many of the impressions formed during this week leave a lasting impression on coaches and front-office executives. It won’t be surprising to see one or two of the players in this week’s Senior Bowl to be wearing navy blue and orange next fall.

Next: a look at the South squad prospects. For more draft information, follow The Slant at theslantdraftguide.com or @SlantDraft on Twitter.

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