There is much to process from the six days of weighing, measuring, testing and talking just completed at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Much of it is inconsequential, but there is some information that was especially pertinent for a Bears team trying to escape the NFC North cellar for the first time in five years — and for the division foes trying to stay ahead of them.
1. Better chemistry
After less than two months together, it seems the thinking among general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy is more aligned than it was with Pace and John Fox.
At least it seemed that way when Pace said: “I think when mistakes are made in organizations, it’s when the personnel department and the coaches are not on the same page. That continuity is important; that chemistry is important. I think it’s already naturally existing with us in the concept dialogue that we have, and I think you eliminate mistakes when you do that. If you share a vision for a player, then it helps eliminate some of those mistakes.”
2. More on Ridley
The suspicions that Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley is not worthy of the Bears’ No. 8 pick in the first round may have been confirmed. Ridley is still likely to be the first wide receiver off the board, but SMU’s Courtland Sutton and others closed the gap. While this crop is considered deep, it’s possible that no wide receivers will come off the board in the top 12 or 15.
Ridley’s 4.40 40 was excellent, but he showed a lack of explosion in other tests. His 31-inch vertical was nearly five inches less than the historical average for wide receivers. Ridley’s 9-foot-2 broad jump was almost a foot less than the average. His 4.41-second 20-yard shuttle was pedestrian.
Sutton, who is 6-foot-4, ran a 4.11 in the 20-yard shuttle, and his 3-cone time was .01 off the best among wide receivers. Bench press is not a critical test for wideouts, but Ridley’s 15 reps were average.
Ridley is still considered an excellent route runner, and he played in a prostyle offense.