Draft Capsule: SS Zeke Motta

Draft Capsule: SS Zeke Motta
April 14, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Zeke Motta (SS), Notre Dame

6-2 | 213 lbs.

2012 Stats:

77 tackles, 3 passes broken up, 0 interceptions

Projection:

5th round

Strengths:

A smooth, smart safety who's drawn comparisons -- which aren't totally fair -- to Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who was Motta's predecessor at Notre Dame. A solid tackler who does a good job as the last line of defense, generally plays deep. Has plenty of upper-body strength and good instincts. At the worst, projects as a solid special-teams player in the NFL.

Weaknesses:

Doesn't make many plays in pass coverage, as evidenced by his 3 PBUs and 0 interceptions last year. Doesn't have great speed, and isn't great at changing directions. Comparisons to Smith are certainly overstated -- there's a reason why Smith was a first-round pick, and Motta is more of a diamond-in-the-rough mid-to-late-round guy.

Fit for the Bears:

The Bears have plenty of young safeties, so there doesn't appear to be an immediate fit on their depth chart. That being said, if Motta slips into the fifth or sixth round, he could be a nice value pickup for a team, even if the Bears don't necessarily need another safety.