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Bears kick off rookie minicamp at Halas Hall


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."

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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