Danny Batten

Bears Lining up Workouts Already

We usually don’t hear about teams bringing players in for workouts until after the combine, but the Bears are already setting their schedules.

The Bears have already lined up a workout with TCU OT Nic Richmond and South Dakota State DE Danny Batten. Both players appeared in the Texas vs The Nation all-star game and neither were invited to the combine.

Batten is the more highly regarded of the two and could come off the board as high as the 5th round. He’s an odd choice for the Bears, however. He doesn’t quite have the athleticism to play outside linebacker in their 4-3 defense, but is undersized for a down lineman.

As for Richmond, he has elite size (6’7″, 307) but lacks athleticism will be limited to right tackle in the pros which is the kiss of death for an offensive lineman’s draft stock. The least-coveted prospects are offensive lineman that are only capable of playing one position. It would be moderately surprising to hear his name called in April’s draft.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2010 NFL Draft, Bears Comments Off

Combine Invitations Officially Released

combineThe 2010 NFL Combine invitations have been handed out. When over 200 players are invited, they’re never going to miss any big names. But, as always, a few names do appear to be missing from the list. Here’s a few snubs that caught my eye:

Freddie Barnes – WR – Bowling Green

Easily the worst of the snubs. He doesn’t have impressive measurables, but the guy can play. He’ll be a 4th or 5th round pick.

Bill Stull – QB – Pittsburgh
After a truly awful junior year Stull rebounded and was arguably the best quarterback in the Big East last season. He deserves a serious look in the late rounds.

Jonathan Crompton – QB – Tennessee
Like Stull, Crompton came out of nowhere and was impressive late in the season. He has the size and arm strength, so if it really did click for him this past season he’s a legitimate prospect.

Matt Nichols – QB – Eastern Washington
I always like to see FCS players get invited to the combine because its their chance to shine in front of a large audience. We already know what to expect from the big school guys. He has the size, and put up great numbers (33 TD, 6 Int) this season.

LaMarcus Coker – RB – Hampton
Coker was kicked out of Tennessee for failing multiple drug tests, but looked good during his time at Hampton. His athleticism, plus his experience on special teams could land him a spot in the late rounds.

Jeffrey Fitzgerald – DE – Kansas State
Fitzgerald isn’t a great athlete, but he has elite size and strength for the position. He may be a candidate to switch inside to defensive tackle. Could also play end in a 3-4.

Deji Karim – RB – Southern Illinois
Only 5’9″, but has good speed and is well built. Would have benefited from showing off his strength in person and dispelling the belief that he’s too small.

Danny Batten – DE – South Dakota State
Highly productive FCS player that should be a mid-to-late round selection. He has the athleticism to play linebacker in a 3-4 system.

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