The grades in the safety class beyond the four that went in Thursday's opening round mean the Bears likely won't be finding a starter Friday to supplement the current depth chart, which includes Ryan Mundy, the recovering Chris Conte, M.D. Jennings, Craig Steltz, and Danny McCray. Most evaluators have Florida State's Terrence Brooks as the fifth-ranked safety, but projected as no more than a backup and special teams contributor in the NFL. The general comments include praise in hitting and run support, with a 38-inch vertical, but questionable cover and ball skills, with suspect tackling. That sounds all too familiar to what Bears fans witnessed last season.
Cornerback would seem to be a lesser priority with Kyle Fuller, Phil Emery's third first-round pick as Bears' general manager. Second-day possibilities with upside whose names went uncalled Thursday include Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner, Stanley Jean-Baptitse of Nebraska, Bashaud Breeland of Clemson, Utah's Keith McGill and Pierre Desir from Lindenwood.
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Defensive tackle could be a position where the Bears find some value 19 picks into the second round, despite Dominique Easley of Florida and his two ACL tears in three years being taken off the board by New England at No. 29. The Seminoles' Timmy Jernigan, Notre Dame's Louis Nix III, DaQuan Jones of Penn State, Virgnia's Brent Urban, Will Sutton of Arizona State, Dan McCullers of Tennessee and Princeton's Caraun Reid are still there. Connecticut's Shamar Stephen played for Paul Pasqualoni while he was Head Coach of the Huskies.
On the edge, Missouri's Kony Ealy, Stephon Tuitt of Notre Dame, Oregon State's Scott Crichton and Chris Smith of Arkansas are listed as defensive ends. Outside linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu of Georgia Tech, Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence, and BYU's Kyle Van Noy are still waiting for their phones to ring.
Inside/middle linebackers still on the board include Chris Borland of Wisconsin, Louisville's Preston Brown, and Stanford's Shane Skov.
There wasn't a single running back taken Thursday, so as expected, value can be found at that position all day. Eric Ebron was the only tight end announced in the first round, so Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jace Amaro of Texas Tech, Notre Dame's Troy Nicklas, C.J. Fiedorowicz of Iowa and Senior Bowl star Crockett Gilmore of Colorado State are out there.