It’s no secret that GM Ryan Pace has a deep appreciation for the value of safeties in the NFL as evidenced by the New Orleans Saints forking out lots of money and high draft choices on them when he worked for them. It continued during this off-season when he signed veteran Antrel Rolle and attempted to secure Ron Parker as well.
One thing is clear. The Chicago Bears are on the prowl for fixing a position that has given them all sorts of headaches for years. It also seems like the brass are seriously fawning over one NFL draft prospect in particular.
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Attending private workouts is nothing new for teams, especially given the proximity the Bears enjoy to Northwestern. However, it must be noted that this isn’t the first time Ibraheim Campbell has been connected to them. Chicago also was well-represented at his college pro day too. So this will mark the second time the team and Campbell have met in a more personal setting.
If that doesn’t indicate heavy interest, nothing will. So who exactly is this kid?
Here is a snippet from CBS Sports on him.
“Campbell’s dedication towards improvement isn’t limited to the classroom, as his rocked-up build proves. Good key and diagnosis skills. Attacks the line of scrimmage, showing quickness to the ball as well as the vision to avoid would-be blockers. Breaks down to make the effective open-field tackle, though he’ll occasionally lunge at the legs of ball-carriers, rather than wrapping securely.
Seems to enjoy the physicality of the game, dropping his shoulder to spark an explosive collision when he can. Showed better recovery speed in Mobile than expected, slapping away passes after being initially beaten and intercepting a ball during live scrimmaging. Good hand-eye coordination and timing were necessary on each play.
Showed his passion for the game by participating in the Senior Bowl despite being a four-year starter with plenty of tape for scouts to pore over.”
Scouts are worried about his prowess in coverage which may be why he hasn’t shot up boards as much as others but he has gone from a mid round pick to a solid Day 2 option in the late 2nd to early 3rd round range. Aside from his talent, the character grades are likely another reason Pace has taken big interest. He seems to love players who are passionate about the game.
If the Chicago Bears intend to find somebody with upside who can learn behind Rolle, they could do a lot worse than this kid.