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Bears brought in Longhorns DE Melton on Monday

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The Bears hosted a Texas defensive end on Monday at Halas Hall for a pre-draft visit.

It wasn't Brian Orakpo, who has a very good chance of being off the board before they select at No. 18.

It was Henry Melton, the former bruiser of a running back, who is considered a work in progress. Melton is a second-day prospect who has good explosiveness off the edge and boosted his status with a strong performance at his pro day.

Melton has the kind of natural skills needed for a pass rusher they just have not been refined as he played running back for his first two years with the Longhorns. He's the kind of player that could emerge as a real sleeper if he pans out and the risk in the final few rounds of the draft is really nonexistent.

The club most likely had some off-field questions for Melton, who as a DUI arrest in his past.

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