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Brandt: Vereen possible impact player senior analyst Gil Brandt thinks that Bears safety Brock Vereen could be one of the rookies drafted in the fourth round or later who could emerge as an impact player.


Brock Vereen
"The Bears need safety help, and Vereen has the potential to be the answer for them," Brandt writes. "He's a very good athlete with speed and strength who started at both safety and corner for the University of Minnesota in 2013.

"Vereen is a hard worker and smart player who should start this season. At least, he'll be a special teams presence. Football runs in the family: Brock's brother is New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, while their father, Henry, played in the CFL."

The Bears traded up to select Vereen at No. 131 in the fourth round, sending fifth-round picks this year and next year to the Broncos while also receiving Denver's seventh-round choice in return.

Vereen appeared in 47 games with 36 starts in four seasons at Minnesota, recording 200 tackles, four interceptions and 22 pass breakups. The 6-foot, 199-pounder was named first-team all-Big Ten last year as a senior after recording 59 tackles, one interception and six pass breakups.

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