From the NCAA Tournament to the NFL draft?
That's the path Cleveland State's J'Nathan Bullock is attempting to follow.
The tight end prospect has a private workout scheduled for April 10 and profootballtalk.com reports that the Bears will be one of the teams in attendance. The 6-5, 245-pound Bullock was an honorable mention all-state high school player in Flint, Mich., and now he's chasing the dream of being the next Antonio Gates. The Chargers All-Pro tight end went from the hardwood at Kent State to the gridiron in San Diego.
The Bears looked into another hoopster who tried to make the transition back in 2006. George Mason forward Jai Lewis, a member of the surprise Final Four team, eventually signed a free-agent contract with the New York Giants as an offensive tackle. His quest ended in mid-summer.
A more traditional tight end the Bears are believed to like is North Carolina State's Anthony Hill.
He's considered a solid blocker with ideal size at 6-5, 262. Hill had a slow start to his senior year after coming off a torn ACL in his left knee. He's got good hands and would be a threat as a receiver in the red zone.