When the Bears chose to cut Buster Skrine, they did so knowing they will likely have to add more competition to that spot. Right now, it appears as though it’s Duke Shelley’s job to lose, possibly with Kindle Vildor behind him.
One thing is for certain, though: the Bears need to come away with a cornerback of some type in this draft. They are thin at the position beyond Jaylon Johnson and Desmond Trufant.
With their second selection in the fifth round, the Bears select Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown, who will absolutely push for the starting job at slot corner. The 5-foot-10 Sooner is a nice combination of strength and quick reaction time. Brown is fast to react to a pass, closing as quickly as he can. He’s aggressive, and much stronger than his frame might tell you.
Brown has a nose for the football too, always attempting to at least get a hand on the football. Over his past three seasons with Oklahoma, Brown has accumulated 29 passes defended and four total interceptions — those picks coming in just the last two years.
One area he truly stood out at in college was on special teams. It isn’t the sexiest of areas, yet Brown made it a point to dominate. He was always on the top of his game as a gunner on the outside. Brown would offer the Bears an excellent special teams player, at the very least, and may challenge for the slot corner role if he wanted it.