2014 Draft Sleepers Who'd Fit Perfectly with the Chicago Bears
In the weeks leading up to the draft, most of the focus is centered around the first round. It's easy to see why—all the big names and high-profile players seem to be there—but what about the later rounds?
Drafts are won by identifying late talent. Sleepers picked up past Round 2 can turn out to be instrumental parts of a winning football team.
Past the second round, the Chicago Bears still have five picks. General manager Phil Emery is going to look for potential starters and quality depth players with those picks.
We have identified five sleepers who are perfect fits for the Bears. In addition to telling you who they are, you will also find out what round they might be available in. Click ahead to find out who they are.
Utah Cornerback Keith McGill
Charles Tillman is back in the fold for at least one more season, but what about the future? The Bears could look to another tall and rangy corner to replace him.
Keith McGill is a 6'3'' corner out of Utah. He's been clocked in the mid-4.50-second range in his 40-yard dash time and has great leaping ability.
In the immediate future, the Bears can use McGill on special teams and even as a backup free safety. Going forward, he can be groomed to be a Tillman replica who can line up opposite the shorter Tim Jennings.
As of now, the Bears could target McGill in the third round.
UCLA Middle Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt
One year later, we are still talking about major long-term questions at middle linebacker. D.J. Williams is the starter in the short term, but the Bears don't have a viable starter going forward.
If you want to bring some size, energy and an edge to the position, then look no further than UCLA's Jordan Zumwalt. He's a 6'4'' aggressive player with an intense demeanor.
Zumwalt is a consistent run stuffer who loves to stick his nose into every play. He is best served starting his career on special teams while he gets coached up and learns the nuisances of the NFL. His competitive nature would earn him a starting nod in another season.
If the Bears want to bring some energy and attitude to their defense in the form of Zumwalt, they can probably snag him in the fourth round.
Arizona State Running Back Marion Grice
The Bears have some serious depth issues behind Matt Forte. Currently, Michael Ford is the only player behind him, and Ford is an unproven, undrafted free agent going into his second year.
Arizona State's Marion Grice is an all-purpose back who would fit well in head coach Marc Trestman's system. Grice battled a leg injury last year, but that's now in his rear-view mirror.
What the Bears need is a back who can come in the game for Forte and not skip a beat. Last year's backup Michael Bush was a one-trick pony who was very predictable.
Grice is an elusive runner who also has some power. He is an outstanding receiver out of the backfield who has a knack for getting the ball in the end zone. The Bears can look for Grice with their fifth-round pick.
Michigan Tackle/Guard Michael Schofield
Like the running back position, the Bears don't have much depth at offensive line. This is a theme along the offense in general as they have a great starting unit but not much behind these guys.
Michigan's Michael Schofield towers at 6'7'' and can play either tackle or guard. Despite his large size, Schofield is athletic and shows nimble feet. He'd be the perfect reserve who could grow into a starter down the road.
Injuries in the NFL happen all the time. They especially are common with the big guys in the trenches. The Bears don't have a young reliable swing lineman they can go to if somebody up front gets hurt.
With one of their two sixth-round picks, the Bears can snag Schofield and make him a high-value pick.
Ball State Quarterback Keith Wenning
When people talked about a quarterback from the MAC last year, they talked about Northern Illinois Heisman candidate Jordan Lynch. While Lynch grabbed all the headlines, it's possible he wasn't the best quarterback in the conference.
Ball State's Keith Wenning is an interesting prospect. He set nearly every school passing record after putting up crazy stats. He doesn't have a big arm but takes care of the football and makes accurate throws. Does that sound familiar?
Marc Trestman might look to Wenning as a younger version of Josh McCown. Currently, Jordan Palmer is the backup behind Jay Cutler, and that's just not going to get it done.
Wenning would look good in this Bears system, and the Bears can snag him with their final pick in the sixth round.
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