With two more picks on deck for the fourth round, the Bears picked up two defensive backs in Miami’s Deon Bush and Northern Iowa’s Deiondre’ Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Bush went to the Bears at No. 124. He’s a nicely sized free safety at 6’0″, 199 lbs who made 32 starts in 35 appearances for the Hurricanes. He totaled 168 tackles (10 for a loss), five sacks, nine forced fumbles, three forced fumbles, 13 pass breakups and four interceptions.
As a freshman, Bush made six starts at safety before starting three as a sophomore. He then started 23 of 24 games his final two seasons. In that time, he had seven sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, nine pass breakups and three interceptions.
He’s compared to current Bears safety Antrel Rolle and former Miami Hurricane according to his bio on Hurricane Sports. The two trained together this off-season. Bush led all defensive backs on the bench press (17 reps) while running a 4.64 40-yard dash.
#Bears draft pick Deon Bush: “I take big pride in being a big hitter…I like to put fear in my opponent.”
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) April 30, 2016
Behind Rolle, Adrian Amos and Harold Jones-Quartey, Bush will get a chance at safety to compete for snaps and contribute right away on the third phase. Also, the Bears have special teamer Omar Bolden.
With their third and final fourth round pick, the Bears brought in cornerback Deiondre’ Hall. He’s a guy I really like.
The addition of Hall will help the Bears tremendously. He is beyond athletic (4.68 40-yard dash, combine best – 127-inch broad jump) and can play any position in the secondary. Hall played corner and safety last season as a senior. He can be either a free safety or corner at the next level.
Named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior with 82 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, six interceptions and three forced fumbles. He took back two of his interceptions for touchdowns.
At 6’2”, 199 lbs, he has the length you desire from an outside corner. But he needs to get stronger (10 reps on bench press at pro day). Putting on muscle will help his cause as he projects as a nice up the field tackling corner who can contribute right away. I love his upside.
Hall on Charles Tillman: “I’ve always tried to model my game after him, just being a ball hawk and getting the ball out.” #BearsDraft
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 30, 2016
Hall gives Vic Fangio a lengthy corner. With Tracy Porter and Kyle Fuller the current starters, one of those guys could move into the slot if Hall is ready. The Bears also have Bryce Callahan as an option at slot corner.
I like Hall’s game a ton and he should turn into a solid starter as an outside corner. Bush’s selection was pure value. The safeties were thinning out and the Bears needed someone. He has forced turnovers and at the very least will be a nice in-the-box tackler for the Bears.
Thoughts on the selection on the selections of defensive backs Deon Bush and Deiondre’ Hall for the Bears?
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