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Bears to Look at Iowa CB Amari Spivey

In my last post, I briefly mused about draft prospects for the Bears. Being a devout follower of Iowa football, I couldn’t help but add a few Hawkeyes into the mix; however, it wasn't initially my objective idea. ESPN started it with their Chicago Beas blogger Jeff Dickerson writing about his experience at Iowa Pro Day. One of his draft picks for the Bears was cornerback Amari Spivey.

I’ve been trying to focus on other sports since the kick off for football season is a ways away but today after reading some of my too many sports blogs, I came across this post from the Chicago Tribune reporter, Brad Biggs.

In a tweet by Spivey's agent Nate Haber, the Bears will be taking a closer look at the cornerback tomorrow in Iowa City. I mentioned in my previous post that Spivey (5'11", 195 pounds) is projected to go between the second to fourth round.

Spivey is a junior and elected to leave a year early. During the 2009 season, he was an All-Big Ten selection (also in 2008) and had he stayed for his senior year, he was projected as the top cornerback in the conference. At the combine, he had a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash.

According to Biggs’ article, Spivey has already visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears’ defensive back coach John Hoke will stage the private visit tomorrow.

The Bears have been talking about a cornerback for awhile. Vasher peaked in 2005 and really never returned to form after struggling with injuries. Let’s hope Spivey is a viable option for a team that needs help here but unfortunately has to wait until the third round for their first pick. While the offseason moves have been interesting and a new coaching staff offers a breath of fresh air, I’m still not convinced the Bears will drastically improve this season.


  1. I am not an Iowa fan at all but I would be OK with the Bears taking Spivey in the third, and I would be all for it in the fourth. Spivey from my times watching him looks like he should be a solid player in the NFL for years, although if he ever has a bad injury it isn't like he has speed to spare. It is so hard to think about what the Bears should do with that first pick, but I would say cornerback is a good option. I wish we had a second rounder and then I would say they should draft a wide receiver but I think the value goes down usually in the third for WR.

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