The Bears will get their first look at the 2009 draft class when the players roll in this afternoon to report for this weekend's rookie minicamp. There are expected to be a little more than 40 players on the fields at Halas Hall so that means more than 20 players will be in on a tryout basis when you consider the nine draft picks and nine undrafted free agents the club has signed.
Here is our unofficial list of tryout players, many of which we've already mentioned. Obviously, the list is incomplete but we do have the three quarterbacks--Drew Weatherford, Chase Patton and C.J. Bacher. Here is a look:
Cooter Arnold, Cornerback, North Carolina
C.J. Bacher, Quarterback, Northwestern
Daniel Charbonnet, Safety, Texas Tech
Maurice Covington, Wide receiver, Virginia
Byron Glaspy, Safety, Virginia
Marquis Hundley, Cornerback, Arizona
Brad Lester, Running back, Auburn
Pat Maynor, Linebacker, Stanford
Chris Miller, Punter, Ball State
Chase Patton, Quarterback, Missouri
Dave Peck, Long snapper, Wisconsin
Derek Pegues, Cornerback, Mississippi State
Anthony Reddick, Safety, Miami
Jake RIchardson, Punter Miami (Ohio)
Brandon Smith, Fullback, Ohio State
George Smith, Wide receiver, Vanderbilt
Pete Tverdov, Defensive tackle, Rutgers
Drew Weatherford, Quarterback, Floridia State
Jeff Wolfert, Kicker, Missouri
Zeek Zacharie, Tight end, Louisiana-Monroe
The team just announced on its Web site the following players will also be participating this weekend on a tryout basis:
Greg Brown, Defensive tackle, Indiana
Aaron Lockwood, Guard, Southern Illinois
Adam McDowell, Tight end, Fresno State
Lou Saucedo, Guard, Montana State
Sean Sester, Offensive tackle, Purdue
Miller is from Libertyville and was on a state championship team at Carmel High.
Also, Marcus Monk, the seventh-round pick from Arkansas last year has found a new home. Monk, who re-joined the Razaorbacks basketball team briefly this past season, has signed with Carolina.
We will check in later today with an edition of Four Down Territory.