Player News - Bears

Date: Team: Pos:

Bears signed UTEP DE Roy Robertson-Harris.

Robertson-Harris (6'6/255) made 33 starts for the UTEP Miners, logging 24 career tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He turned in a strong Pro Day workout, running 4.8-flat with a 35-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Lean, long armed, and plenty athletic, Robertson-Harris should've been a more dominant college player considering his physical prowess. He's a ball of clay his NFL coaching staff will try to mold into a useful edge player.
May 1 - 1:04 PM

Bears signed Oklahoma State CB Kevin Peterson.

Peterson (5'10/181) started all four years for the Cowboys, earning first-team All-Big 12 as a senior. Although Peterson registered solid broad (10'1") and vertical (35 1/2") jumps at the Combine, he managed a 4.66 forty-yard dash. Peterson doesn't run well enough to play on the NFL perimeter, and lacks the strength and tackling consistency to operate in the slot. He was a good college player who's not going to make it in the pros.
May 1 - 1:01 PM

Bears signed Mississippi State CB Taveze Calhoun.

Calhoun (6'0/192) made 36 starts for the Bulldogs, logging 12 career tackles for loss, six interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He demonstrated average athleticm at the Combine, managing a 4.58 forty and 33 1/2-inch vertical. Known as a high-character player at Mississippi State, Calhoun is an underwhelming pro prospect who got beat deep too often in the SEC and defended the run poorly. He'd do well to carve out a career as a No. 4 corner.
May 1 - 12:58 PM

Bears signed Harvard TE Ben Braunecker.

Braunecker (6'3/250) was named first-team FCS All America after exploding as a senior, parlaying 48 receptions into 850 yards (17.7 YPR) and eight TDs. Braunecker helped himself in Indy, running 4.73 with an impressive 10-foot-1 broad jump and 35 1/2-inch vertical. Nicknamed "Bronk" by Rotoviz's Jon Moore, Braunecker graduated from Harvard with degrees in molecular and cellular biology. Braunecker will need to polish his blocking to become more than a role player, but he certainly checks boxes as an athlete and receiver.
Apr 30 - 8:24 PM

Bears signed QB Brian Hoyer to a one-year, $2 million contract.

It's an awful landing spot for Hoyer, as he'll only come into playing time if Jay Cutler gets hurt. Of course, Cutler has been rather injury prone in his career, so there's a decent chance Hoyer makes 2016 starts. It's simply surprising he ended up somewhere where there won't be a competition. Hoyer's market must have been really depressed. Hoyer is one of the league's better backups, but typically gets exposed after 5-6 starts.
Apr 30 - 7:21 PM

Bears selected Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman with the No. 230 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Braverman (5'10/175) was a rare small-school early entrant after a prolific junior campaign (108-1,367-13) in which he ranked second in the nation in receptions. Per College Football Focus, Braverman's 2015 catch rate (76 percent) was the highest among draft-eligible receivers. Braverman's athletic limitations showed up at the WMU Pro Day, running 4.53 with an anemic 28 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Due to his short-area playing style, Braverman has drawn comparisons ranging from Julian Edelman to Cole Beasley.
Apr 30 - 5:51 PM

Bears selected William & Mary S DeAndre Houston-Carson with the No. 185 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Houston-Carson (6'1/201) transitioned from cornerback to free safety at William & Mary and earned 2015 co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association, finishing his career with 10 interceptions and nine blocked kicks on special teams. "DHC" shows NFL-level tackling ability, slot coverage and ball skills on tape, but disappointed at the Combine with a 4.54 forty, 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Houston-Carson is making a huge leap in competition where most players will be more athletic than him. He's a bit of a boom-bust prospect.
Apr 30 - 4:02 PM

Bears selected Indiana RB Jordan Howard with the No. 150 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Howard (6'0/230) transferred from now-defunct UAB to Indiana for his 2015 junior season, rushing for 1,213 yards and nine TDs on 196 carries (6.2 YPC). He added 11 receptions en route to first-team All-Big Ten honors. Howard only caught 24 passes in three college seasons and his pass protection was inconsistent, at best. He ran 4.59 at the Hoosiers' Pro Day with a 10-foot-2 broad jump. A straight-linish, downhill bruiser, Howard runs with velocity between the tackles and punishes defenders. He projects as a two-down grinder in the Chris Ivory mold.
Apr 30 - 2:28 PM

Bears selected Northern Iowa DB Deiondre' Hall with the No. 127 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Hall (6'2/199) was a four-year starter for the UNI Panthers, piling up 13 career INTs and earning 2015's Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Hall has incredible arm length for his size (34 3/4") and shined in both the broad (10'7") and vertical (37") jumps in Indy. Hall ran 4.68, however, and therefore his NFL future may be at safety. For what it is worth, he was announced as a defensive back. Hall dabbled at linebacker early in his college career and was an excellent tackler. Hall did improve his forty time to 4.52 at UNI's Pro Day, giving him a shot to stay at cornerback in a press-heavy role.
Apr 30 - 1:35 PM

Bears selected Miami (FL) S Deon Bush with the No. 124 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Bush (6'0/199) made 32 starts in the Hurricanes' secondary, earning third-team All-ACC honors as a senior and finishing his career with nine forced fumbles and four INTs. Bush showed okay-not-great athleticism at the Combine, running 4.64 with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Bush's biggest flaw is his lack of hip fluidity, which will limit him to special teams and/or a box safety role if he eventually makes a run at snaps.
Apr 30 - 1:26 PM

Bears traded up with the Rams to select West Virginia LB Nick Kwiatkoski with the No. 113 selection of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Rams receive picks No. 117 (4th) and No. 206 (6th). Kwiatkoski (6'2/243) made 38 starts for the Mountaineers, compiling 28 career tackles for loss, six interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He was named first-team All-Big 12 by the conference's coaches as a senior. Kwiatkoski helped himself in Indy, running 4.73 with a 10-foot broad jump and 32-inch vertical. A high school safety, Kwiatkoski made college starts at WILL, SAM, and MIKE linebacker and is an efficient tackler with some playmaking ability in coverage. Kwiatkoski will focus on special teams early, but he could make a run at defensive snaps in a year or two.
Apr 30 - 12:57 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace did not rule out moving Kyle Long to left tackle.

Long has said the team will have to "literally fight" if they attempt to move him from right guard again. Chicago needs an upgrade on Charles Leno at left tackle, however, and they are unlikely to find it on Day 3 of the draft. Long is a better player at guard, but he may be more valuable at tackle.
Apr 30 - 10:38 AM

Bears GM Ryan Pace said the team views third-round pick Jonathan Bullard as a 3-4 defensive end.

Bullard often played as a three-technique defensive tackle at Florida, so he should be able to transition fairly easily to the five-tech for Chicago. An interior disruptor with a quick first step, Bullard should help apply pressure both in base sets and in sub packages. He was a great upside pick in the third round.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 30 - 8:30 AM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson believes LG Matt Slauson's roster spot could be in danger.

The Bears signed OG Ted Larsen and G/C Manny Ramirez before drafting OG Cody Whitehair in the second round. Still a quality starter at 30, the Bears should not be quick to discard Slauson. He's a value at his $2.85 million salary.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 8:20 AM

Bears selected Florida DE Jonathan Bullard with the No. 72 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Bullard (6'3/285) made 36 starts for the Gators, piling up career 33.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks en route to first-team All-SEC honors as a senior. Bullard showed plus athleticism at the Combine, running 4.93 with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Bullard spent time at both end and tackle at Florida and has a 'tweener build, but he boasts impressive quickness and a non-stop motor with versatility to rush and stop the run from multiple alignments. It remains to be seen whether Bullard can grow into an every-down NFL player, but he should be an early contributor in Chicago.
Apr 29 - 10:04 PM


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