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Bears bring Jayhawks LB Mike Rivera in for close look

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Linebacker is not a pressing need for the Bears in this draft but that doesn't mean they are not doing their due diligence when it comes to investigating some options.

Add Kansas' Mike Rivera to the list of players the team has brought into Halas Hall for a pre-draft visit. Rivera came in for a closer look last week and was given a physical. He is the third linebacker we've found who came in for a visit joining Murray State's Nathan Williams and Notre Dame's Maurice Crum Jr. The Bears also put San Diego State's Russell Allen through a private workout.

Rivera didn't have as good of a senior season for the Jayhawks as he did as a junior, but he gained some momentum at his pro day in mid-March. The Bears, represented by Ted Monago, were one of 10 teams at that pro day. Rivera, who is 6-2, 245 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds. He had a vertical jump of 38 1/2 inches, 1 1/2 inches more than any linebacker invited to the scouting combine, and measured 9 feet, 10 inches in the broad jump.

Rivera was a three-time honorable mention all-Big 12 Conference selection. He had 300 tackles in his career at Kansas. Rivera's measurables make him an interesting possibility for special teams coach Dave Toub. He has experience playing inside and outside. Rivera attended the local day the Kansas City Chiefs hosted earlier this month and he's also made a visit to Carolina. He projects as a possible late-round pick, maybe in the sixth or seventh rounds.

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All of those guys look to be undrafted FA, the Bears are really looking for that late, late, late, round steal they hope to find. Oh well at least there 1st pick can be narrowed down to a Safety or Reciever. Cuase those are the only guys they have looked at with anything close to a second round grade. I have not really heard about them looking at a lot of mid round talent either.

Late steal? Are you kidding me? Angelo has, in the past,drafted players that were graded out as an undrafted f.a. Do not for one second put it beyond ole jerry to fall in love with one of these players and draft him far far too early in the draft.

Someone is in for a huge surprise when they discover that Mike Rivera becomes one of the premiere linebackers in the NFL. Rivera is a keeper. You heard it here first.

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