Phil Emery has shown a penchant for digging deep to get the right player. He doesn’t care what the mock drafts show, he will draft any player he feels could fit with the Bears. He has spoken to players like Pierre Desir, who is unknown outside of the scouting ranks. Now he has gone to another place that isn’t known as a football bastion. He has shown a lot of interest in Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid.
Reid is a 6’2″, 302 pound nose tackle. He was a three-time first team All Ivy League selection, and two-time All American. He is a very good pass rusher, so he fits in well with the Bears’ 4-3 scheme. He has a powerful rush and uses his arms in passing lanes well.
Of course, coming out of the Ivy League, many question Reid’s play against inferior talent. When he played in the Senior Bowl, however, he shined. He had a great week of practice, and in the actual game, he recorded two sacks on consecutive plays.
Of course, being highly intelligent and well-rounded off the field, some question Reid’s dedication on it. He has shown to be a hard worker and dedicated to his craft.
The Ivy League is not the league most would go to find a player. Most think of Ivy Leaguers as economists or Presidents. There have been a few Ivy Leaguers who have made a name for themselves in the NFL.
Reid has been ranked eighth in his position and projections have him going in the third round.
Marcellus Wiley was a defensive end out of Columbia. He played for the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers and had a good career, going to a Pro Bowl. Chuck Bednarik out of Penn played 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, going to eight Pro Bowls and leading the Eagles to two NFL titles.
The Bears themselves had two Ivy Leaguers of note. Columbia graduate Sid Luckman revolutionized the football world, running the T-formation. He helped the Bears win four titles in five championship games between 1940-1946. He was elected to both the college and professional hall of fame.
Gary Fencik out of Yale played 12 seasons for the Bears, playing in two Pro Bowls. He holds the team record with 38 interceptions and captained what some consider to be the greatest defense in football history, the 1985 Bears.
I am sure many may be doubting the selection of Reid, but the Bears have had success with Ivy Leaguers, and I am sure Emery has done his due diligence on him. If there is one who can come up with a gem out of nowhere, it is him.