According to ESPNChicago.com, the Chicago Bears today are visiting with former California offensive lineman Brian Schwenke.
Schwenke is considered a third-round pick in this year's draft, a pick Chicago traded last year for Brandon Marshall. GM Phil Emery recently said he's open to trading back in the first round. If he's able to find a trading partner and picks up a third-round selection in the process, then Schwenke becomes a real possibility.
Schwenke started his sophomore and junior seasons for Cal at guard and moved inside to center for his senior campaign in 2012, in which he earned Pac-12 All-Conference honors. His positional versatility is obviously attractive to Bears brass, who are actively searching for a long-term replacement to center Roberto Garza, whose contract is up after this season.
At the Senior Bowl, Schwenke was a standout and looked very good blocking some of the best defensive prospects in this class. His athleticism truly stood out, as did his quickness, attributes that would make him a great fit for the zone-blocking scheme of new offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.
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