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NFL finds Studebaker at tiny Wheaton College

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If you can play, they will find you.

That’s what Wheaton College defensive end/outside linebacker Andy Studebaker is finding out even as he works his way back from a torn Lisfranc ligament suffered in the fifth game last fall. That cut short a college career that exploded during his junior season when he had 17 1/2 sacks.

The Division III All-American made a visit to the Baltimore Ravens today. He’s already been to Buffalo and has pre-draft trips lined up to Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Kansas City. Studebaker, who is from Downstate Congerville and went to Eureka High, is still rehabilitating his foot injury and that makes his draft status a little iffy.

Bears team physician Armen Kelikian performed the surgery, and Studebaker is believed to be on target for a full recovery before summer. He was cleared to run full speed just two weeks ago. At full strength, he’s hopeful of running a 40-yard dash in the low 4.5’s and he will have a pro day April 18 at Northwestern.

The Bears will bring Studebaker, who is 6-3, 255 pounds, in for a visit soon. Because he is a local player, he will not count against the 30 prospects the team can bring in for pre-draft visits. Previously, it was misreported in this blog that 20 is the maximum number of prospects that can be brought in.

For some more Studebaker highlights, check these out.

*** Working out at the Bethel (Tenn.) College pro day last week was Lane College wide receiver Ed Williams. He’s from the same program that produced Houston wide receiver Jacoby Jones last year.

The Bears were one of six organizations represented at the workout. Williams, who was in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game, has good size at 6-3, 206 pounds, and is a potential late-round possibility or priority free agent.

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The Bears are already loaded at defensive end. With Ogunleye, Brown, Anderson, and Bazuin who I want to check out, I think Bazuin will be a good one. But the Bears like to use there front four to get pressure so you as a team have got to bring in any one no matter what level thay played at who can get pressure. As far as a great pass rusher you just never know where they will come from. I don't think it would hurt to bring this Studebaker kid in maybe as a free agent to see what he has got in the pre season. If Studebaker shows in the preseason that he can get to the QB you got a find if not oh well so GO BEARS!!

Studebaker is a great talent and physical specimen and could easily be moved to a backup outside linebaker if the situation necessitated it. There's been a lot of buzz around him in the last week and he might not last long enough to be a free agent.

Go Thunder!

Go Eagles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the fact that they drafted a fellow Wheaton grad. Now he's got to work his butt off and make the team. The Eagles take the top players in the position battles, so it's important to get into the minicamps, and prove that you're the better player. The Eagles love competition. Go Studebaker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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