D.J. Swearinger (SS), South Carolina
5-10 | 208 lbs.
79 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INT, 7 PD, 2 FF, 2 FR
Very physical player and was the captain of the Gamecocks' defense. Motor is always running, plays until he hears the whistle. Very fluid hips and keeps his eyes on the QB during his back-pedal. Laid some of the hardest hits of any defender during the 2012 NCAA season. Playmaker and has spent time at nearly every position in South Carolina's secondary. Was consistent each season.
Some scouts believe he's undersized to be a starting safety at the next level. A bit overaggressive which has caused him to make mistakes when trying to take down his opponent. Poor technique when wrapping up. Trash-talker on the field which has raised some red flags and could lead to a lot of penalties in the NFL. Injuries are also a concern.
Fit for the Bears:
If there's one area the Bears have depth in it's safety. Chicago has safties Chris Conte, Major Wright, Tom Zbikowski, Craig Steltz, Brandon Hardin, Tom Nelson, Anthony Walters and Cyhl Quarles on their current roster. Hardin is a bit of wild card after sitting out the entire 2012 season with a neck injury and could become a major factor going forward. Under Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo, the Bears drafted a safety nearly ever year, but with the new regime, don't expect to see a safety picked within the first three rounds in 2013.