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Monday, March 22, 2010
Iowa pro day offers options for Bears

By Jeff Dickerson

Amari Spievey
Iowa cornerback Amari Spievey could be available when the Bears pick in the third round of the NFL Draft.
While much of the focus Monday at the University of Iowa pro day centers around future first-round pick, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, the Hawkeyes also produced a few players pegged as potential mid-round selections that may interest the Bears.

Amari Spievey, predicted to go anywhere from the second to the fourth round, was an aggressive shut-down cornerback, who chose to leave school a year early after starting two seasons in Iowa City. Spievey actually was kicked off the team in 2007 because of poor grades, but after spending the 2007 season playing for a community college, rejoined the program in 2008 and subsequently earned Big Ten all-conference honors his final year on campus.

Although the Bears seem fairly set at linebacker with Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Nick Roach, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Jamar Williams and probably Pisa Tinoisamoa, general manager Jerry Angelo has drafted a linebacker every year since 2002. With that in mind, there are two linebackers worth watching this spring coming out of Iowa: Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds.

Edds, who is 6 feet 4 and 246 pounds, was a three-year starter for the Hawkeyes. Many believe he projects as a solid special teams performer in the NFL. Meantime, Angerer is smaller and doesn't run nearly as well, but he ranked fourth in the nation with 11.2 tackles per game.

On the other side of the ball, right tackle Kyle Calloway stands 6-7 and was named second team all-Big Ten this past season. One blip on the radar for Calloway occurred during the summer of 2009, when he was arrested for operating a moped while intoxicated. Calloway was suspended one game by coach Kirk Ferentz then returned to action and put together a solid senior campaign.