Round 4 Roundup: DE and CB Added
DE Henry Melton (Harry Cabluck/AP)
DE Henry Melton (Harry Cabluck/AP)
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Posted Apr 26, 2009


With two selections in the fourth round, the Chicago Bears continued to stockpile on the defensive side of the ball even if the offense appears to have more holes. Texas DE Henry Melton has crazy athleticism, and Vanderbilt CB D.J. Moore was good enough to be selected somewhere in Round 2.

Apparently the Midway Monsters believe new quarterback Jay Cutler can make the offense better by himself, as general manager Jerry Angelo continued to add depth on the defensive side of the ball in the NFL Draft.

With the 106th-overall pick in Round 4, the Bears selected Texas defensive end Henry Melton. At 6-3 and 260 pounds, Melton originally came to the Longhorns as a running back and even scored 10 touchdowns his freshman season, but he played both offense and defense as a sophomore before becoming a full-time D-end by the time he was a junior. While still considered a project because he doesn't have a ton of experience at the position he was drafted to play, he is a tremendous athlete and could still have his best football in front of him.

Melton will join second-round pick Jarron Gilbert, a defensive tackle from San Jose State, as rookie members of the front four, as the Bears are making an effort to get more consistent pressure up front next season.


Moore was given a second-round grade by many scouts. (Mary Ann Chastain/AP Images)

Then with the 119th-overall pick later in Round 4, the Bears went with Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore. At 5-9 and 192 pounds, Moore doesn't necessarily fit the mold of what this coaching staff likes in a corner, but he was graded by many experts as a second-round talent and brings a lot of versatility with him from Nashville. Starting 34 of 37 career games played, he intercepted 12 passes the last two years and is also a difference maker on special teams as a return man – he even played a little offense for the Commodores.

The Midway Monsters have a lot of corners on the roster right now, but Moore represented the best value on the board in Round 4 and might make it easier to move Charles Tillman or Corey Graham to free safety one day.

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