The Bears have yet to address the safety spot after their mad spending on the opening day of free agency. They were interested in Antrel Rolle but he signed with the Giants as the Bear signed Pepper and Chester Taylor. So far they have only shown mild interest in veteran Darren Sharper among others.
Currently at off season workouts they have Craig Schultz at free and Josh Bullocks at strong safety. In my mind that should probably be switched but I'm not an NFL coach, probably should be but I'm not. Part of those two being the "starters"is because Danieal Manning has yet to sign his restricted free agent contract. It is expected that Manning will return to safety this season after spending last season as the nickle back. Has Manning ever spent 2 seasons in a row at the same spot yet? Maybe that is why he hasn't developed.
So we expected Danieal to take one of those spots but still they are lacking a safety and if none of the veterans on the market interest them they must be focusing on the draft.
Sadly thanks to Jerry trading away our second round pick for the late Gaines Adams the Bears won't make their first pick in the draft till the 75th pick. So who might be available with the 75th pick.
Former FSU safety and Road Scholar Myron Rolle. The third round might be a reach according to some draft experts but Jerry and Co. have reached a lot worse before. Maybe they could still grab him in the 4th round but he is the man they should target.
Myron reminds me a lot of Mike Brown. According to Scouts Inc he is ranked as the 14th best safety. Todd McShay had him graded out as a second to third rounder last season before he took a year off to study at Oxford.
Rolle is still working his way back into football shape but has posted some pretty impressive numbers at the combine and his pro-day. He has been timed at 4.54-4.76 in the 40 yard dash, 4.09-4.15 in the short shuttle and 6.53-6.94 in the three cone drill. He also has shown great ball skills which a year ago was viewed as a weakness of his. What these numbers show is his distance speed might still be lacking but he is incredibly quick and his 40 time might be closer to the 4.54 then 4.76. His other measureables ranked very good with other safeties. He benched 225, 21 times the best was 28, his vertical was 36 while the best was 41 and his broad jump was 123 while the best was 124.
At 6'2, 215 lbs he is a good sized safety that could play either at strong or free. He is smart which goes without saying if you are a Road Scholar and have a desire to be a neurosurgeon. He graduated from FSU in 2 1/2 years with a 3.8 GPA. Had a 4.0 GPA in high school and was ranked as the top high school prospect in 2006.
Maybe the Bears could bring Mike Brown back and let Rolle learn hands on from the man who was the real leader of a defense that got them to a Super Bowl. I'm probably dreaming on that one but I think it would be a big mistake to pass on a guy like Rolle.