Scouting the Bears’ potential draft picks at the combine
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ESPN draft guru Todd McShay posted his combine analysis of the 2015 pass-rusher class Monday, and his reports may be relevant to Chicago Bears fans.
Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley was the biggest standout at the combine, McShay writes, adding that Beasley will probably go in the top 25.
Bud Dupree, Kentucky: He has been a little inconsistent on tape from one game to the next, but he has really good natural tools and a lot of potential to develop, and he verified that with his workout Sunday. At 6-4, 269 pounds, he ran a 1.60 10-yard split on a 4.56 40-yard dash, both of which are good, and posted a ridiculous 42-inch vertical jump and 11-foot, 6-inch broad jump. He won’t get a first-round grade from us based on the inconsistency of his tape, but it won’t shock me if a team takes a chance on his potential in the first.
Dante Fowler Jr. Florida: He put together a good overall workout. At 6-3, 261 pounds his 4.60 40 and 1.56 10-yard split are exceptional, but his explosion drills — bench press, vertical jump, broad jump — were below average. That’s something we’ll have to study further on tape.
Other pass-rushers, like Shane Ray and Randy Gregory, are expected to be off the board before the Bears’ pick.
Danny Shelton is also very much on the Bears’ radar, and McShay offered this about the defensive lineman out of Washington:
Oregon’s Arik Armstead, Texas’ Malcom Brown, Washington’s Danny Shelton and Mississippi State’s Preston Smith all performed well Sunday. Shelton’s 40 time was bad but I thought he showed really good movement skills in the position-specific drills.
Both McShay and Mel Kiper have the Bears taking Shelton in their most recent mock drafts.
Read McShay’s full report here (subscription required).