Chicago Bears: Players fighting for their future at rookie minicamp

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Chicago Bears rookies fighting for their future: EDGE Charles Snowden

One of the more surprising names to go undrafted this year is Virginia edge defender Charles Snowden. His final season at Virginia ended early due to a broken ankle, but that’s not the type of injury to cause a player to drop out of the draft completely.

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Going into the draft, Snowden was looked at as a Round 4 prospect who had the opportunity to work himself into the third. Instead, he didn’t hear his name called and the Bears jumped on the opportunity to sign him.

Snowden is a ridiculous athlete who played basketball as well. The road to making this Bears roster begins right now at rookie minicamp, and make no mistake, he could get there.

Standing 6-foot-6 and continuing to grow into his frame, Snowden is a quick and agile pass rusher. He’s not a bully by any means, but uses a few smooth moves to navigate his way around opposing linemen.

Over the last three years at Virginia, Snowden tallied a total of 28.5 tackles for loss including 13.5 sacks. He also came up with 15 passes defended and a pair of interceptions. This is a guy who gets after the quarterback but also has an eye for the ball. He looks to make a play on the ball whenever he gets the chance.

’Snowden has the opportunity to become a permanent part of the roster and it starts here at rookie minicamp. If he impresses, he’ll put himself on notice.