Biggs: Bears lining up pre-draft visits

The Chicago Bears are getting a jump on some of their draft planning as they have already begun extending invitations to players for official pre-draft visits to Halas Hall. Teams are permitted a maximum of 30 visits and they use them for different reasons.

Some clubs will bring in top prospects to get a little more time with players they are going to consider investing tens of millions of dollars in at the very top of the draft. Other teams, like the Bears, work the other side of the draft with these visits. They target prospects that have been overlooked by the scouting combine and use the visits to give the players physicals to get full medical information, and then recruit the players. The Bears eye these players for late-round draft picks and free agency, and they sell the players during their visit on the possibility of joining the club.

It’s something they’ve done for a number of years, and the Bears have already lined up two known prospects in TCU offensive tackle Nic Richmond and South Dakota State defensive end Danny Batten. Some clubs are considering Batten as an outside linebacker, but he fits the mold the Bears seek as an undersized pass rusher.

Richmond has drawn considerable interest and will likely have several more visits. Same goes for Batten. Both players participated in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game that has been gaining more credibility each year.

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