The Bears were looking into Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz on Thursday following the Cornhuskers' pro day, according to a report. Scout Teddy Monago was on the scene for the Bears, who could also be checking out offensive tackle Lydon Murtha, who has gained a little steam since the combine.
"As for Joe Ganz, the quarterback who didn't get a combine invite, he said he thought he did well. Ganz held a questionnaire from the New England Patriots as he left the workout and headed to a meeting with the Chicago Bears.
"I thought I threw the ball really well, so I'm really happy with what happened," said Ganz, who measured at a hair over 6 feet. "It's really, really cool to have these guys come up to you and talk to you and talk to you and say you had a good year."
*** Southeast scout Mark Sadowski moved on down the road to Troy on Thursday as the Bears are reported to have had a scout there. Defensive back Sherrod Martin might have been the main attraction. He ran a 4.45-second, 40-yard dash. Martin has a long history of injuries though.
*** West scout Marty Barrett was at Oregon and was reportedly playing catch with defensive end Nick Reed. He's interesting because he's an undersized pass rusher who fits the mold of the kind of player Lovie Smith likes. Cornerback Jarius Byrd let his combine workout do most of the speaking for him.
"One of the last players to leave the field Thursday, Reed wore a pair of gloves as he played catch with a Chicago Bears scout. Reed acknowledged he's a "tweener," and said he'd be open to a switch to linebacker in the NFL."
*** Southwest scout Chris Ballard was on hand at Texas Tech and we have a picture to prove it. Although Ballard is obscured somewhat by some other scouts, you can make him out near the cone watching the action. The Red Raiders have an intriguing safety in Darcel McBath.
Midwest scout Jeff Shiver will be at Purdue today. Although we don't have confirmation, college scouting director Greg Gabriel could be at Ohio State a day after taking in Pat White's workout at West Virginia. Barrett will likely move on down the road to Oregon State for the Beavers workout. Check back later on for more.