May 10, 2014
Minnesota defensive back Brock Vereen was selected by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round with the 131st overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Vereen joins teammate Ra'Shede Hageman in being picked in the 2014 NFL Draft, as Hageman went to the Atlanta Falcons in the second round as the No. 37 overall pick. Hageman and Vereen are highest two Gophers to be picked in NFL Draft since 2001 when Minnesota had three players (Willie Middlebrooks, Karon Riley and Ben Hamilton) picked in the first 113 selections.
Vereen, who played both cornerback and safety for the Gophers played in 47 games and made four interceptions, 200 tackles (127 solo), 7.5 tackles-for-loss, 26 pass breakups and forced two fumbles. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.
Vereen and the Bears will play one game in TCF Bank Stadium this year when they face the Vikings on Dec. 28.
Coach Jerry Kill on Brock Vereen being drafted by the Chicago Bears
"I am thrilled for Brock as he begins his NFL journey in Chicago. 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."
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