By Adam Hoge-
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (CBS) — Since the pads went on Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University, the test for the Bears’ rookie class has been taken to a whole new level.
Here are some initial impressions of the six rookies who were taken by the Bears in this year’s NFL Draft
RG Kyle Long, Oregon (1st round) – Long has already impressed the coaching staff with his strength, but his technique still needs some work. He wouldn’t start if there was a game this week, but he could certainly win the starting right guard job over James Brown by Week 1.
MLB Jon Bostic, Florida (2nd round) – Bostic has also impressed the coaching staff with his physical ability and his knack for picking up the defense. He’s handling the play calling for second team defense. Barring an injury, he most likely won’t be out D.J. Williams for the starting Mike Linebacker spot, but he’s definitely being groomed as the longterm solution a that position.
WLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (4th round) – Early on, it doesn’t appear Greene is in the mix for a starting job, but he should be a key contributor on special teams this year. Down the road, he may turn into a reliable replacement for Lance Briggs.
OT Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech (5th round) – Was getting reps as the third-team right tackle before moving up to the second team as a result of Jermon Bushrod’s calf injury Monday. Like Long, he’s a little behind because he missed some of the offseason activities per NFL rules.
DE Cornelius Washington, Georgia (6th round) – Has been a little inconsistent thus far, but will definitely get a chance to prove his worth after Turk McBride’s season ending Achilles injury.
WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State (7th round) – Wilson doesn’t look like a seventh rounder. He’s made big plays already in camp and caught the eye of head coach Marc Trestman. He’s still working further down the depth chart, but that could change. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him make the team as the fifth wide receiver (or sixth, if the Bears choose to keep that many).
Columnist Steve Silverman thinks Jermon Bushrod and the rest of the OL must develop if the Bears want to succeed this season.
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Adam Hoge covers the Bears for CBSChicago.com and is a frequent contributor to 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamHoge.