As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.
Ryan Russell (DE), Purdue
6'4" | 269 lbs.
44 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble
What scouts are saying:
"Passes the eye test at 6-4 and 275 pounds with an intriguing blend of power and burst to win at the point of attack and be effective vs. both the run and pass. He has shown clear improvement in his football awareness. Understands how to hold contain and leverage gaps vs. the run. ... Still has a lot of room to develop with his shed technique and rush sequence before NFL scouts will give their stamp of approval. Russell's rudimentary pass rush understanding shows when he doesn't win with his first step." — Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com
"Russell will frustrate NFL teams because he has many of the physical traits they covet, but he doesn't do enough with them. With just 8.5 sacks over the last three years, his production won't interest most teams, but his potential might." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears have an awful lot of names at the defensive end position, including offseason additions like Ray McDonald. But after the performance the past two seasons, are these the guys who are going to be part of the Bears' defensive turnaround? Getting to the quarterback and stopping the run haven't been strengths for the Bears the past two seasons, and the draft could be a place to upgrade. However, when it comes to Russell, it looks like he'd be strictly a depth pick or even an undrafted free agent following the completion of seven rounds this weekend.
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The Chicago Bears will reunite with former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Denver this summer, as word broke Monday that the Broncos will host the Bears for joint training camp practices in advance of their preseason game in August.
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs confirmed the news on Twitter.
This is the second time Denver will welcome the Bears for training camp sessions. The two teams held joint practices back in 2018.
Training camp won't be the first time the Bears will see Fangio since his departure last offseason. Chicago pulled off a last-second victory over the Broncos in Week 2 of the 2019 season when kicker Eddy Pineiro booted a 53-yard game-winner with time expiring in the fourth quarter. His kick was set up by the clutch version of Mitch Trubisky, who connected on a 25-yard pass to Allen Robinson on the play before Pineiro's conversion.
Fangio left a lasting impact during his time as the Bears defensive coordinator that reached its peak in 2018 when Chicago was widely regarded as the most ferocious defense in the league. The Bears finished third in yards allowed per game and ended the season with the top run defense. Their 27 interceptions were tops in the NFL, too.
The 2020 NFL Combine will go a long way in determining the final draft grade for each of the 337 prospects participating in on-field drills. General managers and scouts want to see whether their athletic testing matches the traits noted on film. If a player runs faster than he plays, scouts will question his on-field instincts and overall football IQ. In the alternative, if he runs slower than he plays, questions about level of competition and the ability to 'win' on the NFL level will be raised.
But in order to understand whether or not a prospect is having a good performance, you first have to know what the NFL is looking for as its minimum time/result required for each position and drill.
NFL Hall-of-Fame executive Gil Brandt, one of the legendary draft minds in the sport, shared what has become the standard breakdown each team uses when assessing a player's 40 time, 3-cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump and more.
Check it out:
Keep this page bookmarked this week and refer back to this chart as your favorite Bears prospects try to run and jump their way to Chicago.
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