The Bears have been doing their due diligence when it comes to one North Carolina prospect, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
The team already put Nicks through a private workout, and he's not the only Tar Heel the team has put under the microscope. J.J. Pesavanto of NFLDraftBible.com reports that the Bears have also put tight end Richard Quinn through a private workout. Quinn is considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft and that is an area the Bears are looking for improvement after failing to re-sign their own free agent in John Gilmore a year ago.
Quinn is 6-4, 264 pounds, and could be an anchor on the strong side of the line in the running game. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds at the Tar Heels' pro day, an improvement over his combine time, and had a broad jump of 9-11. So while he might not be a big plus in the passing game, he's athletic enough to be a dual threat in the red zone, which is what Gilmore was for the Bears.
The problem with Quinn is the Bears might have to invest a mid-round draft choice in him and they'll have to make the tough call on whether that is something they want to do for a player who might not be on the field more than 15 snaps a game.
Iowa tight end Brandon Myers is being brought to Halas Hall for a visit so the position is one the Bears are taking a look at. What importance they'll put in it come the draft remains to be seen. They spent a fifth-round pick on Kellen Davis last year and got marginal special teams play from him.