We've got a few more names to add to the list of tryout players for rookie minicamp this weekend.
The Bears will bring in Mississippi State's Derek Pegues and he is expected to have a similar tryout next week with the New York Giants.
Some considered Pegues a potential first-day draft pick but his stock obviously went on a freefall. He was twice arrested while in school and served a one-game suspension last season for what was described as violation of a class attendance policy. One of those arrests was for assaulting on off-duty police officer. He and five other players were charged with felony assault but pled guilty to misdemeanor simple assault for a 2006 incident.
Perhaps hurting him more was his 40-time from the scouting combine. Pegues clocked in at 4.69 seconds. Listed as a cornerback at the combine, that was the second-slowest time for the position. That being said, he made 11 interceptions in three seasons as a starter at Mississippi State. He played there as a safety but most are looking at him as a cornerback in the NFL. He also has return ability.
Here are two more names courtesy of agent Eugene T. Lee:
North Carolina cornerback Cooter Arnold: Arnold started out with the Tar Heels as a running back when he was a true freshman, got moved to safety where he started as a sophomore and then wound up playing wide receiver even though he was somewhat buried in the depth chart behind Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster. The Bears will look at Arnold at yet another position--cornerback.
Auburn running back Brad Lester: Lester averaged 6.5 yards per carry in 2005 but battled injuries throughout his career at Auburn. He's bulked up over 190 pounds and is healthy now.
Also, add Virginia wide receiver Maurice Covington to the list. Like Pegues, he will also have a tryout with the Giants next week.