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Bears kick off rookie minicamp at Halas Hall


Larry Mayer

The Bears will conduct their rookie minicamp Friday through Sunday at Halas Hall, with a non-contact practice scheduled for each day.

A total of 69 prospects will participate: all 11 draft picks, 16 undrafted free agents and four first-year Bears-as well as 36 unsigned rookies and two unsigned veterans taking part on a tryout basis, hoping to earn a contract. (Complete list is below.)

The players arrived Thursday, trickling into Halas Hall throughout the morning and early afternoon. They filled out paperwork, got fitted for equipment, received virtual playbooks on iPads, posed for headshots and took medical exams.

“You talk to a lot of people on the phone through the draft process,” said sixth-round pick Trestan Ebner, a running back from Baylor. “So, it was nice to put the faces with the names and just see the coaching staff and how they interact with us and each other, and meet some of the guys that are going to be your future teammates.”

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The Bears held a team meeting that featured special guest speaker Charles Tillman. The former Pro Bowl cornerback, who starred for the team from 2003-14, was invited to address the NFL hopefuls by coach Matt Eberflus.

Every player entered Halas Hall through a hallway that’s lined with the names and numbers of the 14 players who have had their numbers retired by the Bears.

“I’m just hoping that I do the same things they did and do special things in Chicago,” said second-round choice Jaquan Brisker, a safety from Penn State. “I’m just really humbled and blessed, taking it all in. Checking into a professional football facility, it was amazing. It’s great coming here and meeting new people, especially new teammates you’re going to war with, teammates you want to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl with. We’re trying to build that bond so we won’t waste any years.”

Here are the players who are slated to participate in the rookie minicamp:

Draft picks (11)

Kyler Gordon, second-round cornerback

Jaquan Brisker, second-round safety

Velus Jones Jr., third-round receiver

Braxton Jones, fifth-round tackle

Dominique Robinson, fifth-round defensive end

Zachary Thomas, sixth-round tackle

Trestan Ebner, sixth-round running back

Doug Kramer, sixth-round center

Ja’Tyre Carter, seventh-round guard

Elijah Hicks, seventh-round safety

Trenton Gill, seventh-round punter

Undrafted free agents (16)

Jaylan Alexander, Purdue inside linebacker

Chase Allen, Iowa State tight end

C.J. Avery, Louisville inside linebacker

Amari Carter, Miami (Fla.) safety

Jean Delance, Florida offensive tackle

Micah Dew-Treadway, Minnesota defensive tackle

Allie Green IV, Missouri cornerback

Cyrus Holder, Duquesne receiver

Jaylon Jones, Mississippi cornerback

Landon Lenoir, Southern Illinois receiver

Henry Litwin, Slippery Rock receiver

Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin inside linebacker

Kevin Shaa, Liberty receiver

Savon Scarver, Utah State receiver

Master Teague, Ohio State running back

Jake Tonges, California tight end

Bears first-year pros (4)

Dieter Eiselen, guard

Chris Finke, receiver

Charles Snowden, defensive end

Ryan Willis, quarterback

Unsigned veterans (2)

Maurice Canady, cornerback

Jayson Stanley, cornerback

Unsigned rookies (36)

Christian Albright, Ball State inside linebacker

Jon Alexander, Charlotte safety

Roy Baker, Eastern Kentucky cornerback

Ezekiel Barnett, Louisiana Tech linebacker

Chris Bergin, Northwestern inside linebacker

Joshua Black, Syracuse defensive end

Brandon Bowling, Utah State receiver

Jamal Brooks, South Alabama inside linebacker

Tre Bugg, Air Force cornerback

Maurice Burkley, Louisville running back

Derick Bush, Coastal Carolina cornerback

Brandon Chapman, Wake Forest tight end

Matt Goghlin, Michigan State kicker

Roger Cray, Old Dominion cornerback

Liam Dobson, Texas State guard

Corey Dublin, Tulane center

Coney Durr, Minnesota cornerback

Kainoa Fuiava, Western Michigan defensive tackle

Braden Galloway, Clemson tight end

Michael Greene, James Madison defensive tackle

Ralph Holley, Western Michigan defensive tackle

Johnny Huntley, Liberty tight end

Elijah James, Liberty defensive end

Bydarrius Knighten, Auburn safety

David Kroll, Delaware guard

Luke Little, University of Mary tight end

Demario McCall, Ohio State cornerback

Timothy McGloyn, Illinois State running back

Dishon McNary, Central Michigan cornerback

Antonio Ortiz, TCU long-snapper

Drew Plitt, Ball State quarterback

Carson Taylor, Northern Arizona defensive end

Tristen Taylor, Eastern Washington guard

A.J. Thomas, Western Michigan safety

De’Montre Tuggle, Ohio running back

Amir Tyler, Temple safety

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