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The Bears are sending reportedly around 50 members of the staff to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, a one-stop shop for more than 300 of the top draft prospects in the nation.
Bears general manager Phil Emery and his crew will have their work cut out for them over the week-long showcase in Indy, as they search for potential impact players, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
"The Combine is another piece of the puzzle in terms of putting the complete picture together of the player," Emery told ChicagoBears.com. "Seeing players perform under pressure and under the glare of all the sets of eyes from the league and all the sets of eyes on television tells us a little something about how the players prepare and how they attack the task of getting ready for the Combine.
"It's very much like attacking the task of getting ready for a game. So it does tell us a lot there."
The draft prospects will show off their physical prowess with drills like the 40-yard dash or bench-pressing 225 pounds in addition to the Wonderlic test (to evaluate intelligence) and medical tests if they have a checkered injury history.
The Bears chose 60 prospects in advance and will meet with each for a 15-minute session over the course of the weekend.
"We get a good snapshot of who that person is," Emery told ChicagoBears.com. "What it helps us do moving forward is determine, 'What are the things that we need to dig deeper into? What do we need to find out more about?"
Stay tuned to CSNChicago.com all week for updates from the Combine and check in during the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft for capsules on more than 100 players.