In preparation for the 2013 NFL Draft, potential prospects conduct pro days through the month of March. These pro days consist of workouts in front of NFL scouts. They are used as a second evaluation tool for pro teams following the NFL Scouting Combine. Prospects undergo the same testing they do at the combine, yet at pro days, teams have a chance to personally work out players of interest.
Pro days not only include prospects invited to the combine, but also non-invitees looking to make a name for themselves as a late-round pick or priority free agent.
Last offseason, Phil Emery's first as general manager of the Chicago Bears, the club sent scouts across the country to attend collegiate pro days. In the 2012 draft, Emery selected six players, each of whom was scouted by a Bears representative at his respective pro day. So when considering the players Chicago might draft this year, it's critical we know where Emery and his scouts have been the past month.
Based on what we saw last year, if the Bears aren't presetn at a particular pro day, they're highly unlikely to draft a player from that school. With that in mind, Bear Report has confirmed numerous pro days where Chicago scouts were, and weren't, in attendanc. In this way, we can reduce considerably the pool of prospects the Bears are considering and highlight those players in which the team has shown interest.
At the conclusion of this series, we will have a crystal clear picture of the Bears' targets, and non-targets, when the draft kicks off at the end of April. If you want to be the most knowledgeable Bears fan on your block, then read on.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.