The Bears continued following quarterback prospects for the draft over the weekend.
A source said quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton was in San Diego Friday for the pro day workout of the University of San Diego’s Josh Johnson. The athletic 6-3 Johnson reportedly did a nice job rebounding from a combine workout that didn’t go so well. He’s been compared to Vince Young for the way he can turn broken plays into big ones with his feet but is considered raw and will need time to develop. Johnson is a likely second-day pick.
With Hamilton traveling to the West Coast, you would have to imagine chances are good he made it a two-day stay for the pro day of San Diego State’s Kevin O’Connell on Saturday. No word yet whether or not the Bears were present for the Aztecs workout also, but it would stand to reason as they are believed to like O’Connell more than Johnson. O’Connell has prototypical size at 6-5, 225 pounds, and is also athletic. He led San Diego State in passing and rushing last season.
O’Connell will need to prove he’s more of a passer than just an athlete to raise his stock for the draft. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports he has individual workouts with a handful of teams upcoming.
With the Bears in need of offensive linemen, a receiver, a running back and defensive tackle, the best bet right now is that quarterback becomes a second-day pick.