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Bears begin rookie minicamp at Halas Hall


The newest Bears players trickled into Halas Hall from all over the country Thursday for the start of the team's rookie minicamp.

The NFL prospects filled out paperwork, got fitted for equipment, received virtual playbooks on iPads, posed for headshots and took strength and conditioning tests. They ate dinner and then attended a team meeting.

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

"Emotions were running high," said seventh-round pick Travis Bell, a defensive tackle from Kennesaw State. "As you can see right now, my eyes are dried out. I've been crying the past few days. I'm just ready to get to work."

As fifth-round pick Noah Sewell approached the building, the defensive tackle from Oregon thought about "the first time watching an NFL game on TV as a little kid and [thinking], 'dang, I want to be there one day,' and the fact that I'm here right now."

Asked when it sunk in that he's now a professional football player, fourth-round running back Roschon Johnson said: "I'm still trying to process it and just take it day-by-day. I think it still hasn't fully hit me yet."

The Bears will conduct non-contact practices Friday and Saturday, with a total of 63 players participating: all 10 draft picks, 14 undrafted free agents, six first-year Bears, one international pathway player, 28 unsigned rookies and four unsigned veterans.

Here are the players who are taking part:

Draft picks (10)

Darnell Wright, Tennessee tackle (Round 1-Pick 10)
Gervon Dexter Sr., Florida defensive tackle (2-53)
Tyrique Stevenson, Miami cornerback (2-56)
Zacch Pickens, South Carolina defensive tackle (3-64)
Roschon Johnson, Texas running back (4-115)
Tyler Scott, Cincinnati receiver (4-133)
Noah Sewell, Oregon linebacker (5-148)
Terell Smith, Minnesota cornerback (5-165)
Travis Bell, Kennesaw State defensive tackle (7-218)
Kendall Williamson, Stanford safety (7-258)

Darnell Wright, Gervon Dexter Sr., Tyrique Stevenson, Zacch Pickens, Roschon Johnson, Tyler Scott, Noah Sewell, Terell Smith, Travis Bell and Kendall Williamson. See photos of all the new Bears rookies selected in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Undrafted free agents (14)

Nick Amoah, California-Davis offensive lineman
Tyson Bagent, Shepherd quarterback
Micah Baskerville, LSU linebacker
Justin Broiles, Oklahoma safety
Robert Burns, Connecticut fullback
Damien Caffrey, Stony Brook tight end
Macon Clark, Tulane safety
Aron Cruikshank, Rutgers receiver
Jalen Harris, Arizona defensive end
Robert Haskins, USC offensive lineman
Gabe Houy, Pittsburgh offensive lineman
Lorenz Metz, Cincinnati offensive lineman
Thyrick Pitts, Delware receiver
Andre Szmpt, Syracuse kicker

Bears first-year pros (6)

Chase Allen, tight end
Ryan Anderson, punter
Kuony Deng, linebacker
Kellen Diesch, tackle
Donovan Jeter, defensive tackle
Doug Kramer, center

International Pathway Player (1)

Roy Mbaetrka, tackle

Unsigned veterans (4)

Jacob Breeland, tight end
Stephen Carlson, tight end
Trey Edmunds, fullback
Jacob Harris, receiver

Unsigned rookies (28)

Desmond Bessent, Buffalo offensive lineman
Jaden Blue, Virginia Tech receiver
KeSean Carter, Houston receiver
Andrew Clair, Northwestern running back
Kenderick Duncan, Louisville defensive back
Alfred Edwards, Utah State offensive lineman
Kyle Harmon, San Jose State linebacker
D'Anthony Jones, Houston defensive lineman
Logan Kendall, Utah tight end
DeShun Kitchings, Newberry receiver
Danny Kittner, Mary (ND) receiver
Chris Kolarevic, Nebraska linebacker
Josh Lugg, Notre Dame offensive lineman
Donny Navarro, Northwestern receiver
Callahan O'Reilly, Montana State linebacker
N'Kosi Perry, Florida Atlantic quarterback
Lachlan Pitts, William & Mary tight end
Dominic Quewon, Southern Miss defensive lineman
Erik Sorensen, Northern Iowa offensive lineman
D'Jordan Strong, Coastal Carolina defensive back
Destin Talbert, North Dakota State defensive back
Chris Toth, Aurora offensive lineman
Bralen Trahan, Louisiana defensive back
De'Jahn Warren, Jackson State defensive back
Samuel Wheeler, Kansas State long-snapper
Amaud Willis-Dalton, McNeese State defensive back
Tre Worthham, Connecticut defensive back
Jordan Wright, Kentucky, defensive lineman

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