Bears secondary shines in Pro Football Focus Hall of Fame Game grades

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Bears secondary shines in Pro Football Focus Hall of Fame Game grades

Javon Wims may have been the headline-grabber from the Chicago Bears' 17-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2018 Hall of Fame Game, but it was three young players in the defensive secondary who earned rave reviews from Pro Football Focus.

Doran Grant, 25, had the best overall grade of all Bears players with a 91.5. He excelled in coverage (91.9), snagging an interception off an ill-advised throw by Ravens rookie Lamar Jackson.  Grant played 31 snaps.

Former fourth-round pick Deiondre' Hall, 24, played 44 snaps and finished the Hall of Fame Game with an 85.4 overall grade. He looks much more comfortable at free safety and scored well in coverage (80.8).

Deon Bush made his presence felt early in the game when he broke up a pass by walloping a Ravens receiver with a clean, but brutal, hit. It was part of a good all-around night for him, one that resulted in an 84.8 grade. 

Other Bears defenders who graded well include nose tackle John Jenkins (77.9) and defensive linemen Nick Williams (76.2) and Abdullah Anderson (75.7).

Under Center Podcast: What are the Bears looking for at the NFL Combine?

Under Center Podcast: What are the Bears looking for at the NFL Combine?

Bears GM Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy spoke to the media live from the NFL Combine and talked as much as they could on solutions to the problems that plagued them this past season. Host Laurence Holmes is joined by NBCS Bears reporter JJ Stankevitz from the NFL Combine to discuss what the plans are for Mitch Trubisky and the quarterback position, and how the new CBA could affect what the Bears can do this offseason.

You can listen right here, or in the embedded player below. 

(1:30) - How were the Bears at the Combine
(4:53) - Ryan Pace on evaluating Matt Nagy
(8:28) - Matt Nagy talks about finding solutions to the Bears issues to the media
(15:30) - Ryan Pace continues to compare Mitch Trubisky to Drew Brees
(21:37) - Matt Nagy on what he needs Trubisky to get better at
(26:00) - Matt Nagy's coaching hires
(30:42) - Is Ryan Pace looking to replace Trubisky as the starter?
(34:20) - What are the Bears looking for in the draft?

Jake Fromm says playing for Bears would be like 'home away from home'

Jake Fromm says playing for Bears would be like 'home away from home'

Former Georgia star Jake Fromm isn't the top-ranked quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. In fact, he isn't in most draft analysts' top-five at the position. But for a Bears team looking to add competition for Mitch Trubisky this offseason, he could be an ideal target in the second round after the bigger-name gunslingers come off the board.

Fromm, who started 42 games during his time as a Bulldog, finished his college career completing 63.2% of his passes for 8,236 yards, 78 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Despite his high level of success against the nation's top competition, his average (at best) arm strength has scouts concerned about his ability to make all the throws on the route tree against NFL defensive backs.

Fromm, who spoke with NBC Sports Chicago in Miami during Super Bowl Week, said he isn't concerned about the public perception of his game.

"Being me, I know what I do well, and I want to be the best me I can be," Fromm said when asked about what he wants to prove to scouts during the run-up to the draft.

Fromm, who was in Miami on behalf of State Farm, said he has confidence in his style of play.

"I know I can go out and make all the throws I need to make. I play with my mind, play with my feet and just go out and play football."

The Bears will have the benefit of some advanced scouting on Fromm. Several of his former college teammates are currently on the roster, including Leonard Floyd, Roquan Smith, Javon Wims and Riley Ridley.

And who better to ask what kind of leader and quarterback he is than two of his former pass-catchers?

"What more could you ask for?" Fromm said when asked about a potential reunion with Wims and Ridley in Chicago. "To play with those guys, especially two of the guys I've thrown the ball to. I've gone up against Roquan every single practice. It would kind of be like home away from home."