Scouting Reports on Three Chicago Bears UDFAs

Scouting Reports on Three Chicago Bears UDFAs

After completing his second draft as Bears General Manager, selecting nine players, Ryan Pace and his scouts lit up the phone lines trying to sign some of the undrafted collegiate players to free agent contracts. The Bears were successful in signing 11 undrafted free agents (UDFAs) all of whom will be invited to participate in training camp come July.

Of the eleven players signed, three UDFA’s caught my eye; tight end Ben Braunecker, and cornerbacks Kevin Peterson, and Taveze Calhoun. Here is a brief scouting report on all three players.

Ben Braunecker treated

 

Braunecker was a productive Ivy League tight end finishing his senior season with 48 receptions, for 850 yards, and 8 touchdowns. In 10 games Braunecker averaged 85 receiving yards per game, 17.7 yards per reception, earning All-Ivy League first team, and AP FCS All-America first team honors.

PositivesVersatile tight end who can line up inline or split out in the slot. Catches the ball with his hands, able to highpoint the ball between defenders. Athletic player with deceptive strength and lower body explosiveness. Does a good job blocking, is relentless and will not allow his man to get free. Deceptively strong jolting defenders heads backwards when he plants his hands into their chest.

Negatives – Does not possesses a big frame, and is not a quick-twitch athlete. Limited after the catch and is not able to pick up additional yards after contact. Will at times allow a ball to bounce off his body. Was a better athlete than most of his competition, which may overshadow some of his production.

SummaryProductive Ivy League tight end who has some athleticism, but offers little in terms of run-after-the-catch or downfield production. Projects as more of a move the chains type who lacks overall size and will be relegated to third tight end on the depth chart with some H-Back potential.

Kevin Peterson treated

Peterson is a three-year starter who for his career at Oklahoma State finished with 5 interceptions and 23 passes defensed. Won a State Championship in track and was also a basketball player in high school.

Positives – Aggressive and competitive cornerback who is quicker than fast. Peterson does a nice job of quickly planting and attacking forward out of his transition. Can open up his hips and run with a receiver at the line of scrimmage. Shows good awareness in coverage, able to peel off his man and flow to the ball. Is not afraid of contact and will come up to help support the run defense.

NegativesSmall frame, with short arms which has him overmatched on jump balls downfield. Has trouble wrapping up and bringing the ball carrier to the ground. Does not look back to locate the ball while in coverage, which leads to being flagged for interference. Lacks make-up speed. Might be best suited as a nickel corner. Needs to add strength

Summary – Peterson is a tough competitor who will not back down from anyone. Unfortunately his size and lack of top end speed will limit him to a nickel corner covering slot receivers. Although limited I would not count out Peterson from making an NFL roster as he is ultra-competitive and tough, usually those type of players find a way to get the job done.

Taveze Calhoun treated

After redshirting his freshman year due to a shoulder injury that required surgery, Calhoun ended his collegiate career as a three-year starter who picked off 6 passes and defended 21 others. Calhoun is an intelligent athlete who earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors every year of his career, and was named a National Football Foundation National-Scholar Athlete and a finalist for the Campbell Trophy aka the “Academic Heisman”

PositivesPossesses good height and length. Transitions nicely out of his backpedal, and is aggressive coming up in run support. Shows good awareness will sniff out screen passes to receivers or running backs. Very smart football player who was also a team captain.

Negatives – Must add strength. Has average recovery speed, and struggles changing directions quickly. Can get beat by double-moves or shifty quick receivers. At times you will see him get too tall in his backpedal and lose his balance. Is not a good open-field tackler, elects to dive too much at the ball carriers feet. Can get manhandled by blocking receivers, and is unable to shed them.

SummaryCalhoun is a press cover corner who will need to get stronger in order to stick on a NFL roster. He has good size and decent length, but he needs to win at the line of scrimmage with his jam, as he does not have the quickness or foot speed to mirror receivers downfield. He is an intelligent player who plays hard so will have a shot at making a roster as a fifth corner out of training camp.

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