Saturday, March 22, 2014

Weekend Updates ... Kevin Norwood Scouting Report

Yesterday turned out to be a quiet day for the Bears.  As I have said before, I believe Emery is done signing anyone of significance.  Currently there are only a handful of players of quality and age that would meet the Bears requirements. Not saying he won't sign someone for depth and am sure he is talking to Eben Britton and Zack Bowman.

Yesterday it was reported the Bowman was close to a deal with the Giants and then everything got quiet.  As I mentioned it does surprise me for Bowman was looking for a starting opportunity. With the signings by the Giants to shore up their secondary, I  just don't see him getting that chance there. He would better off re-signing with the Bears and backing up Tillman. I am sure he would get snaps to rest Tillman and if he played well he would get a shot in 2015.

On the draft front, the Bears have met with Kevin Norwood WR from Alabama.  I have provided his scouting report.  He had a strong showing on his Pro Day so not sure if he will be around late in the draft, but would be an excellent choice. (click on his name to go to his scouting report).

I will provide updates through the weekend as they occur. Thanks for reading and don't forget to vote.

Update: Here is one from out of left field, in fact, I ignored it earlier today but it seems to be gaining traction. Rumor has it that the Bears and Rams are interested in Mark Sanchez.

Sunday:

Starting off the day with an interesting rumor. It is being reported Safety, James Ihedigbo is deciding between the Lions and Bears.  It had been widely reported he visited the Lions last week, but nothing was said about him being at Halas Hall.  The 30 year old played last season with the Ravens were he had over 100 tackles and 3 interceptions as a strong safety.  He has close ties to the DC of the Lions and the new HC.

Update: The Tribune reports today that per Trestman, Wilson will not be anointed the 3rd WR slot. He was quoted saying, "He showed that we can work with him and develop him," Trestman said of Wilson. "He’s got the football intelligence that we’re looking for and the ability to be flexible within the offense."   It is believed he will get every opportunity to win the position, but expect Hixson to see snaps. It is also believed the Bears will draft a WR late.  Also, there is Chris Williams who can play WR but will be used mostly for PR/KR.

7 comments:

  1. I like Bowman, but do not see him as a starter (huge backup though). Draft wise, we have to go with best available. There are so many strong players with our pick, just depends on where they fall before us. I wouldn't mind a trade back to get an additional pick in the 2nd or 3rd. Emery knows what he is doing and that was obvious in this past draft.

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    1. Justin, if Emery can get the value to trade down then I see the 49'er's at 30th. We still could draft a top DT if Emery went that way. There is no doubt we are fortunate to have a deep draft in all of the areas we need help in. He has a lot of flexibility, so it doesn't matter if it is DT, CB or S in the first round. Unless he signs someone, I say DT at present.

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  2. Interesting that you mention Kevin Norwood as a draft possibility. The draft section at CBSSports.com identifies Norwood as "Compares to Earl Bennett." He is often noted as being ready to step in as a slot receiver - which is currently a huge void on the roster.

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    1. To the point Chuck, Trestman has stated over the weekend that Wilson will have to earn the 3rd slot at WR. It is the only WR they have interviewed and he was slotted to go late in the draft. He had an outstanding Pro Day, so am sure his stock will rise. Norwood is a nice fit for the Bears.

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  3. Just to clear up the terminology - by "slot" I was referring to "slot receiver" as the position - rather than as apposition on the depth chart. Earl Bennett filled that position quite well last season - running the heavily trafficked route trees and executing the more difficult blocking assignments of the position. I wouldn't envision Wilson in that role - but he can spell Marshall & Jeffery perhaps in a rotation splitting snaps 80/80/40.

    That leaves an opening for that "slot receiver" position. Like you said Norwood could be a really nice fit. Do you think he will last until the 5th?

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    1. At one time Norwood was not even on the boards to be drafted. There are like 23 other WR ranked ahead of him. However, based on his Pro Day and a decent Combine, I expect him to be picked in the 4th round. Might be too soon for Emery to O but he is a wild card so you never know.

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