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.
Chris Hackett (FS), TCU
6’0” | 195 lbs.
75 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 7 INT, 6 PD, FF
What scouts are saying:
"Hackett has limited speed and is thinner than desired for the position. He has some holes in coverage and isn't going to come up and thump as a run supporter, but there are some personnel men that think highly of him as a potential playmaker at the next level." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
"Long-limbed athlete with a tapered frame with room for additional muscle mass. Smooth, coordinated athlete who frequently was asked to handle single-high safety coverage, as well as drop down to cover slot receivers. Very good key and diagnosis skills. Anticipates the direction of the play, making him faster to the ball than his 40-yard dash time might indicate. Impressive hand-eye coordination for a defensive back, showing the ability to extend and pluck the ball outside of his frame as well as contort his body in mid-air to make the tough interception. Disciplined defender, who will sacrifice his body to take out the legs of oncoming blockers to funnel the action back toward his teammates, rather than going for the tackle, himself, and potentially leaving cutback lanes for nifty ball-carriers to exploit. Long arms and strong hands to grab hold and drag ball-carriers to the ground. Generates impressive closing speed and has a knack for knocking the ball loose (five career forced fumbles)." - Rob Rang, CBSSports.com
Fit for the Bears:
If there's one position the Bears are thin at it's safety. Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen are the only safeties on Chicago's roster, and none appear to be long-term solutions at the position. The Bears will likely go into the 2015 season with at least four safeties on the roster, meaning Ryan Pace will probably address the position via draft. Hackett has seen is stock fluctuate in recent months after a dismal showing at the Combine, with most pundits pegging him as a late Day 3 selection. For a guy that possesses decent size and speed, it wouldn't be a bad idea to see Pace use a Day 3 lottery ticket on the former TCU product.