We’ve got four more names for you to add to the list of 30 players the Bears have or will bring to Halas Hall for pre-draft visits.
That’s seven names we know of to this point. Southern Illinois quarterback Nick Hill, Cincinnati safety Haruki Nakamura and Western Kentucky wide receiver Curtis Hamilton have already made visits.
A thumbnail sketch of the four:
*** Hanie did a nice job following in the footsteps of Bradlee Van Pelt for the Rams. He finished his career second in school history in completion percentage at 61.0, and fourth in passing yards with 6,337. Hanie played for Texas in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game, completing 8-of-13 passes for 165 yards with one rushing touchdown and one interception. He was sacked four times though. He’s got good size at 6-2, 221 pounds, although his arm is a little erratic at times. Hanie was not invited to the combine, like the other prospects the Bears have brought in. He’s either a late-round draft pick or a possibility in free agency.
*** Bornes, 6-0, 224 pounds, played both running back and fullback for the Aztecs and is considered a free-agent type. He made his biggest impact as a freshman when he rushed for 578 yards and six touchdowns. He rushed for 354 yards and three touchdowns last season when quarterback Kevin O’Connell, a player the Bears are believed to have interest in, led San Diego State in rushing.
*** Harper sealed Oregon’s victory over Southern Cal with an interception of Mark Sanchez with nine seconds to play in Eugene, Ore., Oct. 27. The son of former 49ers defensive end Willie Harper, he played free safety and is a little on the light side at 5-11 1/2, 173 pounds. Harper played in the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game but was not invited to the combine. He finished third on the Ducks in tackles last season.
*** Faaeteete teamed with Bears tackle Matt Toeania before last season. He’s a little undersized at a shade under 6-1 and 315 pounds, but is very strong and could project as a project at nose tackle. He’s likely an undrafted free agent although he could sneak into the late rounds. Faaeteete was also not invited to the combine.
Each team is limited to 30 pre-draft visits. Teams with high draft picks will roll the top prospects through to get a closer look and interact with them. Other clubs use the visits to get physicals and medical information on players that were not among the 330 invited to the combine.