By Kyle Johansen @kylejohansen on April 3, 2014
Day 3 of the NFL Draft may not be as exciting as the first two days, but it is just as important to each team. The Bears took two players who became eventual starters last year: fourth-round pick Khaseem Greene at LB and fifth-round pick Jordan Mills at RT. In the seventh round, the Bears took WR Marquess Wilson, the early favorite to replace Earl Bennett. Day three picks may be forced into action earlier than expected and success here is vital.
Tre Boston has intriguing upside for a team starved at safety. Boston is similar in size and physicality to safety Calvin Pryor, but isn’t quite as polished of a prospect. Boston is a former CB and excels both in coverage and in run support. He doesn’t always trust what he sees and can be prone to taking false steps and playing out of control, which is the reason why he will most likely be selected towards the back half of the draft.
Tyler Larsen is a center with upside who the Bears can target in the fifth or sixth round. He has the skills to eventually replace Roberto Garza. Larsen is 6-foot-4, 313 pounds and has strong lateral movement in pass protection, while also showing effective leg drive when run blocking. Larsen showed his durability by starting the last 51 games for Utah State, and would be an ideal pick for a team that does not need an immediate starter.
Marqueston Huff has acceptable size at 5-foot-11 and 196 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at the combine. Huff had an incredible 127 tackles in 2013 and backed up his production at the Senior Bowl, where he impressed scouts with his athleticism. Huff has the ability to line up at either cornerback or free safety, and his versatility may interest the Bears in the fifth or sixth round of the draft.
George Uko probably should have stayed at USC for his senior year, but by declaring for the NFL early, he becomes a player who can be targeted in the middle of the draft. Uko is 6-foot-3, 284 pounds and has room to continue growing into his frame. While he is more of a developmental prospect, Uko showed his upside in 2013 with five sacks, seven tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
Kenny Ladler has the production to be a Day 2 pick, but his slow 40-yard dash of 4.70 seconds may scare teams away. He has an athletic frame that is built for the safety position at 6-foot, 207 pounds and at the very least, he would be an immediate contributor on special teams. Despite his 40 time, Ladler shows impressive burst and closing speed. He had 91 tackles with four interceptions in 2013 and led Vanderbilt with five forced fumbles.
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