The Bears were one of 13 teams at a private workout Wednesday for Pittsburgh offensive linemen Jeff Otah and Mike McGlynn.
Otah ran the 40-yard dash in 5.28 and 5.31 seconds and put up 25 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. He had 29 reps at the combine. He also did positional drills. Otah had delayed working out at the school because of a lingering ankle issue. He checked in at 6-6, 323 pounds, 13 lighter than from the combine. His 40 times from Indianapolis were in the 5.6’s, so he helped himself in that sense as much as anyone puts weight into that measurement for an offensive tackle.
Otah did not run the short shuttle drill, which he also passed on at the combine.
``The 40 time did play a role,’’ he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. ``I ran a 5.6 at the combine, and I felt that I was more explosive than that and I wanted to show them face-to-face how explosive I am. When [the ankle] wasn’t 100 percent, it was affecting my change of direction. It’s 100 percent now. I felt great today.’’
Carolina coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney were in attendance. The Panthers have the 13th pick in the first round, one slot ahead of the Bears.
McGlynn kept the workout figures he compiled at the combine and a previous pro day and did positional work.
*** An off the beaten path wide receiver the Bears have shown some interest in is Missouri-Rolla’s Ashton Gronewold. He was third in Division II last season with 2,250 all-purpose yards. The 5-10, 190-pounder worked out at Missouri’s pro day. He was invited to the Cactus Bowl. Gronewold ran the 40-yard dash in the low 4.5’s. He’d likely be a free agent.