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06/19/14 - S Brock Vereen was selected 117 spots after the Chicago Bears celebrated getting first-round cornerback Kyle Fuller, but it was the fourth-rounder who turned heads the past two weeks working with the starting defense.
"He has great attention to detail," defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. "He's very sound from a technique standpoint. He's smart, he plays fast. He does not make a lot of mistakes. That's good to see. So I think it's arrow up with him."
Holdover starter safety Chris Conte is expected to return in training camp after shoulder surgery rehab kept him out of all offseason work. He wasn't even at Halas Hall, but that was because coach Marc Trestman said he sent Conte home due to illness. Safety Craig Steltz was in uniform for camp after offseason surgery but did not do much on the field.
"The more guys you add to the mix, the more competition there's gonna be," Tucker said. "So we're looking forward to getting Chris back out there, getting Steltz back out there. We'll roll those guys through and it'll be a fluid situation all the way through training camp."
The Bears are not locked into Conte as a starter if he's displaced in training camp. Chicago parted with their other opening-day safety starter in 2013, Major Wright, who signed to be a backup in Lovie Smith's defense with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Conte said his shoulder bothered him since 2012. Whether getting it fixed in April -- with at least a four-month recovery window -- makes him a more secure open-field tackler and better in downfield coverage is to be determined.
In addition to Vereen, the Bears signed former Packers starter M.D. Jennings and veteran Ryan Mundy, who was a spot starter with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants.
Vereen said he still feels like a rookie, even when he expertly executes a call in Tucker's scheme with many moving parts. He played cornerback at safety at Minnesota and in a division where five-defensive back personnel groups are co
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 4/131 -- Brock Vereen, S, 5-11 1/2, 199, Minnesota...Played every position in the secondary for the Golden Gophers and made 11 of his 13 starts as a senior at free safety. Figures to challenge for either starting free safety or strong safety. He impressed in predraft workouts and the combine, especially in the bench press. He had 25 repetitions in the bench at 225 pounds, most for any defensive back at the combine, but also had the second-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.47) and second-fastest shuttle time along safeties. His brother is Patriots running back Shane Vereen and his father, Henry, was a ninth-round draft pick by the Bucs in 1979. - The Sports Xchange
04/21/14 - Five players who should be on the Kansas City Chiefs' draft radar: S Brock Vereen, Minnesota: Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the losses in free agency didn't just come on the offensive side of the ball. Kansas City will be looking to replace starting free safety Kendrick Lewis (Houston) and lost depth with veteran Quintin Demps signing with the Giants, as well. Vereen, the younger brother of New England Patriots' running back Shane Vereen, is an intriguing athlete who split time between cornerback and free safety with the Golden Gophers. He's athletic, instinctive and physical and created some buzz for himself with a strong performance at the combine. His lack of ideal size (6-foot, 199 pounds) and ball-skills (four career interceptions) are concerns which could push him outside of the top 100 but at this point in the draft he could prove a steal. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/15/14 - Five players who should be on the Patriots' draft radar: DB Brock Vereen, Minnesota: Belichick and the Patriots haven't had the best luck drafting defensive backs in recent years, but that doesn't mean they should quit trying. While cornerback and safety aren't huge needs, depth is needed at both spots and a versatile player like Vereen, who played at both positions in college, would be a great fit. He is athletic, quick-footed and instinctive, showing a clear understanding of the game and knowledge of how to manipulate the field. Vereen is known as a high character player with a strong work ethic and leadership traits, plus the Patriots had decent luck the last time they drafted a Vereen (Brock is the younger brother of Shane). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/14 - 2014 Pro Days: 19 teams watch Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman...The only other former Gopher at Monday's workout who is considered a draftable prospect is Brock Vereen, the No. 12-rated strong safety. He also stood on his combine numbers (4.47 40, position-best 25 reps) while measuring in at 6-feet, 199 pounds and going through positional drills. "I feel like I opened some eyes at the combine and I wanted to show them [during Pro Day] that it wasn't a fluke or anything like that," Vereen told the Star-Tribune. - The Sports Xchange