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.
Paul Dawson (ILB), TCU
6’0” | 235 lbs.
136 tackles, 20 for a loss, 6 sacks, 4 INT, 2 forced fumbles
3rd round, No. 99 overall (Cincinnati Bengals)
What scouts are saying:
"Outrageously productive linebacker with a nose for the ball. Dawson averages a tackle every 5.3 snaps and either caused or recovered a total of 8 turnovers during the 2014 season. Evaluators understand that Dawson has been a handful while at TCU and that will turn some teams off to him completely. Dawson can play inside in a 2-gap scheme but is a natural fit at 4-3 WILL." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
"Relies on his agility rather than mass or strength to take on and shed blocks in the hole. Rarely extends his arms to keep blockers away, instead dancing laterally to slip by. In doing so, Dawson takes risky angles, at times, leaving cutback opportunities and the defense vulnerable. Surrounded by awful lot of speed at TCU and played in a relatively simple see-the-ball, get-the-ball scheme. Comes with typical JUCO questions about his maturity and ability to handle a complicated playbook." - Rob Rang, CBSSports.com
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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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