LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A few quick thoughts on the Chicago Bears' fifth-round draft pick.
The pick: Adrian Amos, safety, Penn State
My take: The Bears continue to essentially re-draft last year’s class on Day 3. First, tailback Jeremy Langford was added in the fourth round to compete with 2014 fourth-rounder Ka'Deem Carey for the main backup spot. Now Amos is drafted to battle another 2014 fourth-rounder – Brock Vereen -- for playing time behind veteran safeties Ryan Mundy and Antrel Rolle. Amos started 38 consecutive games at Penn State, where he made 42 tackles and three interceptions last fall. The safety finished his college career with 149 tackles, seven interceptions, three sacks and nine tackles for loss. He has good speed, running a 4.56 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He is a converted cornerback. It's hard to predict if Amos can start in the NFL, but the Bears will expect the fifth-round pick to immediately contribute on special teams.
Low standards: Amos is the fourth Penn State player drafted by the Bears since 1998. Let’s hope Amos fares better than running back Curtis Enis (1998, first round), defensive end Michael Haynes (2003, first round) and guard Tyler Reed (2006, sixth round). Take it easy on Reed -- he was late-round selection -- but Enis and Haynes will forever live in infamy as epic draft busts. The best-case scenario is Amos takes after a pair of ex-Penn State free agents: current kicker Robbie Gould and retired defensive tackle Anthony Adams.