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Chris Conte (DB)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    197 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/8 in.
  • College:
    California
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: Chicago Bears
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 29 (93)

Pick Analysis: Lovie Smith loves having the presence of former linebackers in his secondary due to their ability to impact the running game. Conte spent the early part of his career operating as a "rover" at Cal before transitioning to safety this season. His toughness and tackling will upgrade the Bears' back end, and he should be expected to make immediate contributions as a special teamer early in his career.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.53 sec
  • Bench Press18.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump35.5 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.01 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.19 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Conte has enough size and speed coupled with the mentality you like to see. Probably never becomes a starter, but could be an effective reserve safety and special teams cover guy. Only started for one season in college so potentially has more development left in him than most other draft prospects. Is currently a liability in coverage. Doesn't have the experience or instincts in zone coverage to be counted on to erase a deep half or the lateral quickness and acceleration to hold up in man coverage. Shows the ability to develop into a productive run supporter. Conte could be a seventh-rounder or priority free agent.


Strengths

Conte is a bigger safety prospect with good speed for his size. Will line up over slots and disrupt their release. Possesses a wide radius for breaking up passes. Diagnoses the run quickly and comes up with some physicality. Displays the ability to shed blocks. Has some long range speed.

Weaknesses

Lacks experience. Awareness in coverage is not adequate. Doesn't anticipate breaks, bites on play action fakes, and will roam out of position in zone coverage. Struggles to mirror in man coverage. Will not comes down with the tough interception. Doesn't possess explosive short-area burst in coverage or run support. Will tackle high at times.

Grade

4.0

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Chris Conte

    Published: March 9, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.

    Watch Cal safety Chris Conte work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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