NFL Draft: Bears scouts in attendance at Vanderbilt vs. Purdue


The 2020 NFL draft may be the last thing on Chicago Bears fans' minds, but it's a year-round process that requires attention whenever a nugget of information from an otherwise top-secret mission to find the next great talent comes available.

We got one of those nuggets of information when Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm tweeted that Bears scouts were in attendance at Saturday's Purdue vs. Vanderbilt game. 

Live-scouting college prospects isn't anything particularly noteworthy, but rarely will a team invest a draft pick on a player who they didn't watch in-person. That, in turn, means there are several prospects who could potentially end up on the Bears' draft board because of their attendance Saturday.

The top NFL draft prospects who played in this game are a pair of tight ends: Brycen Hopkins (Purdue, 6-5, 245) and Jared Pinkney (Vanderbilt, 6-4, 255). It makes sense that Chicago would want scouts to get a closer look at these two players considering the instability that currently exists at the position. Trey Burton continues to be plagued by injury and Adam Shaheen hasn't made any kind of impact since being selected in the second round of the 2017 draft.

Both Hopkins and Pinkney are considered potential top-50 prospects and with the Bears owning two second-round picks, there's a chance they could use one of them on a tight end of this caliber.

The other notable prospects from this game are Purdue LB Markus Bailey (6-1, 231), Vanderbilt RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn (5-10, 215) and Vanderbilt WR Kalija Lipscomb (6-1, 200).

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