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UPDATED: Unofficial list of pre-draft visits, private workouts

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Here is our unofficial list of pre-draft visits for the Bears and private workouts.

We have independently confirmed the information for all but but two of these, and the vast majority were reported first right here. The Bears do not announce who they are bringing to Halas Hall or where they are sending their scouts and coaches prior to the draft. Some of the moves turn into nothing. Some mean a lot. Lovie Smith traveled to Vanderbilt and Arkansas last year. The Bears drafted four players from those schools, including first-round pick Chris Williams and third-round picks Earl Bennett and Marcus Harrison. The club made visits to see running back Matt Forte. Many of the late-round picks and free-agent signings after the draft last year made pre-draft visits to Halas Hall.

We'll try to keep this information organized and updated as we move forward. We'll do our best to make the list as complete as possible.

Pre-draft visits

Al Afalava, Safety, Oregon State
ADDED APRIL 4 Aaron Brown, Running back, TCU
Jason Chery, Wide receiver, Louisiana-Lafayette
ADDED APRIL 13 Dennis Conley, Guard, Hampton
Maurice Crum Jr., Linebacker, Notre Dame
ADDED APRIL 25 Colin Dow, Center/guard, Montana
ADDED APRIL 14 Julian Edelman, QB/Wide receiver, Kent State
Derek Kinder, Wide receiver, Pitt
T.J. Lang, Offensive lineman, Eastern Michigan
ADDED APRIL 4 Ellis Lankster, Cornerback, West Virginia
Henry Melton, Defensive end, Texas
Michael Mitchell, Safety, Ohio
Brandon Myers, Tight end, Iowa
Rich Ohrnberger, Guard, Penn State
ADDED APRIL 19 Mike Rivera, Linebacker, Kansas
ADDED APRIL 13 Louis Saucedo, Guard, Montana State
Anthony Scirrotto, Safety, Penn State
Jamaal Westerman, Defensive end, Rutgers
ADDED APRIL 24 Pierre Walters, Defensive end, Eastern Illinois
Nathan Williams, Linebacker, Murray State

Private workouts

Russell Allen, Linebacker, San Diego State
ADDED APRIL 20 Robert Brewster, Offensive lineman, Ball State
Eben Britton, Offensive tackle, Arizona
Kenny Britt, Wide receiver, Rutgers
ADDED APRIL 14 Julian Edelman, QB/Wide receiver, Kent State
John Gill, Defensive tackle, Northwestern
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Wide receiver, Maryland canceled
ADDED APRIL 4 Juaquin Iglesias, Wide receiver, Oklahoma
Phil Loadholt, Offensive tackle, Oklahoma
Lance Louis, Guard, San Diego State
Sherrod Martin, Safety, Troy
Mohamed Massaquoi, Wide receiver, Georgia
Michael Mitchell, Safety, Ohio
Hakeem Nicks, Wide receiver, North Carolina
Richard Quinn, Tight end, North Carolina
Mike Wallace, Wide receiver, Ole Miss*


Get together (we're not sure if these will be visits or private workouts)

Todd Boeckman, Quarterback, Ohio State*
ADDED APRIL 13 Mark Lewis, Guard, Oregon
Brian Robiskie, Wide receiver, Ohio State

* Have not independently confirmed this information.

Stay tuned.

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So what happened to NeckBeardSucks? Heart Attack?

I just read this off of ESPN and if Cutler and Bennett are really this close look out for Earl Bennett this season. That really sounds funny. Also, with another pickup at WR they really aren't looking that bad.

Williamson also predicted Cutler could make a significant player out of receiver Earl Bennett, who did not catch a pass last season but has been penciled in as a starter for 2009. (The Bears no longer having a 2009 draft choice further reduces the possibility they'll be able to draft a receiver who can step into the starting lineup right away.)

Bennett and Cutler were teammates at Vanderbilt and are so close that Cutler returned to campus last year to throw for Bennett's pro day workout.

"They had a tremendous rapport at Vanderbilt, and that's actually a big deal when you talk about quarterbacks and receivers. While he was a disappointment last year, you could see a guy like Bennett being much more viable now -- particularly on out routes and intermediate routes. I don't think he's going to be a field stretcher. That will be Devin Hester's job. But Cutler is going to help guys like Bennett, [tight end] Greg Olsen and even [tailback] Matt Forte be more productive in the passing game."

GO BEARS.

This is from yesterday:

JPCZ you have got to be the biggest douche bag alive. Go hang out with packerslacker and you 2 can spoon all night and relive the days of Farve. You are a tool.

GO BEARS.

So according to draft Bible, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews tested positive for steroids at the Combine....I have not heard any other validation of these reports, but if they are indeed true, the landscape of the first round just changed dramatically, and the linebackers aren't going to be coming off the board as early as thought. That could start the run on wide receivers or defensive linemen sooner, which hurts us in our draft plans.

By Tomk4054 on April 3, 2009 12:13 PM
This is from yesterday:

JPCZ you have got to be the biggest douche bag alive. Go hang out with packerslacker and you 2 can spoon all night and relive the days of Farve. You are a tool.

GO BEARS.

Hey now no fighting on Jay Cutler day.

Don't worry Tom the Packer Fans will be reliving the Favre days. It's just this time around he's gonna be on the Bears. Karma.

Sorry to all on Cutler day. I just can't believe some people that are not celebrating.

This is a glorious day.

GO BEARS, JA and CUTLER.

Brad,

Thanks for the list. I want to see where these guys go in the draft.
Thanks for reporting the Bears like noone else it has been a heck of an offseason. Has it been verified that Josh "Doogie Howser" used very bad language in his infamous meeting with Jay Cutler. If true I believe this was the straw that broke the bronco's back.

Gee I wonder who was the inspiration behind your idea to compile your list....

Could it be.....ME

brain robiskie is the wide out to select with round number two pick good hand rouite running would fit very well with new O

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