Safety Brock Vereen became the second former Minnesota Golden Gopher taken in the 2014 NFL draft when the Chicago Bears selected him in the fourth round. He, along with first round draft pick Kyle Fuller, join 15 veterans in the Bears’ defensive backfield.
Vereen has a greater likelihood of being an immediate starter at safety. He will have to beat out a returning and incoming free agent group that struggled the last few seasons.
The 5-foot-11-inch, 199-pound finished last season with 59 total tackles, six pass breakups and seven passes defensed.
"I am thrilled for Brock as he begins his NFL journey in Chicago," Jerry Kill said in a press release from the University of Minnesota. "Brock is one of the smartest and most versatile players I have ever had the privilege of coaching and is an outstanding young man. He is the ultimate team player and will do whatever is needed to help the Bears win. I know he is going to make Chicago a better team and will also be a great teammate in the locker room. He will be playing for a great coach and even a better man in Bears head coach and former Gopher quarterback Marc Trestman. I am also excited for Brock's parents, as they now have two sons in the NFL with Brock in Chicago and Shane in New England. It's a great day for the Bears, Gophers and Vereen family."
Hill to St. Louis
According to Gophers assistant coach Brian Anderson, linebacker Aaron Hill will be joining the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent. The Rams have three returning linebackers that are expected to retain their starting roles. His best chance to make the team is on special teams and as a reserve linebacker.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 231-pound St. Charles, Mo. native finished last season with 72 total tackles, five tackles for a loss, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one touchdown.