Brock Vereen (DB), Minnesota
6'0" | 199 lbs.
59 tackles, 2.5 TFL, INT, FF, 6 PD
4th Round, 131st pick (Bears)
What the scouts are saying:
"Intelligent, athletic, rangy free safety with desirable strength and cover skills to go along with football bloodlines. Needs to improve against the run but is instinctive and brings terrific intangibles that could propel him into a role as a starter and defensive leader." (NFL.com)
"Passionate team-first player. Vereen doesn't shine in any one area but does enough to warrant a roster spot at nickelback and will be the type of player that coaches will embrace due to the intangibles and versatility." (CBSSports.com)
"He played both cornerback and safety in college, which might have worked against him early in the evaluation process. The personnel director said he thought Vereen might be best suited as a nickel corner in the NFL. But teams that see him as a safety see starting potential. 'He has good awareness, and he can move in space,' the general manager said. In a soft safety class, Vereen might creep into the third round." (Dan Pompei, Bleacher Report)
Fit for the Bears:
After last season's less-than-ideal performance by a banged-up defensive unit, the Bears have made no secret about their desire to add defensive depth in the draft. The secondary, in particular, is an area that figures to be heavily addressed. Vereen can play multiple positions in the secondary, and that could come in handy on a Bears team that has huge question marks at safety and an aging duo of cornerbacks. Safety figures to be a priority on draft day for Phil Emery & Co., and it's possible the position — which currently features the likes of free-agent signings Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings, special-teamer Craig Steltz and injured/maligned Chris Conte — could have already taken precedence by the time Vereen's projected round comes along. Still, Vereen could be an option in a draft where the Bears figure to focus on that side of the ball.