LAKE FOREST – For the next three days, all about the “freshman” at Halas Hall, from those selected in the NFL Draft, those just trying to impress the team.
This is a mini-camp for beginners, as the Bears get a chance to see which players can consider their plans for the 2022 season and beyond.
Of these players, a significant number have connections to either the Chicago area or Illinois.
The list includes ten such players for three days of team work with first-year players at Lake Forest.
Doug Kramer is a draft pick with a local connection, as he was selected in the sixth round from Hinsdale, who played at Hinsdale Central High School and then Illinois. In 2021, he was the second-team pick in the Big Ten.
Two undeclared free agents hail from Chicago, the first of whom was linebacker Jack Sanborn, who played in high school on Lake Zurich until his remarkable career in Wisconsin, where in 2021 he was the first team selection at the All-Conference.
A native of Crete and a broad successor, Landon Lenoir, who attended Crete-Mani High School, took third place in admissions and second in yards during his time in Southern Illinois.
Seven other players from the Chicago or Illinois area are in the camp as a rookie:
- Cornerback Dishon McNery (Central Michigan) – Chicago
- Running back Maurice Berkeley (Louisville) – Napierville
- Running back Timothy McCloin (Illinois) – Barrington
- Inside linebacker Ceylan Alexander (Purdue) – Hoffman Estates
- Defensive End Joshua Black (Syracuse) – Loves the Park
- Elijah James (Liberty) – Chicago
- Selection in defense of Mick De Treadway (Minnesota) – Bolingbrook
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