This was not a particularly impressive class when it came to defensive ends but the Bears might have found one here at the start of the fourth round that can make an impact.
Henry Melton is still learning the position and he has one of the best combinations of size at nearly 6-3 and 270 pounds and speed. He was timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.65 seconds, and will be a project for new line coach Rod Marinelli.
The Bears brought in Melton for a visit. You can find two of the three players they have selected so far on the list of private workouts and visits we kept. The Bears surely wanted to ask Melton about off-the-field issues. He was arrested and charged with DUI while at Texas.
He was a fullback on the Longhorns' national championship team but now he adds depth to a position that the Bears will need help at next year. General manager Jerry Angelo said he was fine with the depth chart for 2009 going into the draft but three ends--Adewale Ogunleye, Mark Anderson and Israel Idonije--are coming out of contract after this season.