By Brian MacIver
Adrian Amos had more on his mind last week than the NFL Draft.
He was thinking about his father, a Baltimore police officer.
“He was down there, in the middle of it, during the riots,” Amos said via conference call Saturday, shortly after the Chicago Bears drafted the safety in the fifth round.
Baltimore was hit by race riots starting Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American who died April 19 in a hospital while in police custody. Six police officers were charged Friday in the death.
“I want everything to be smooth so that people can respect the police and the police can respect all people,” said Amos.
Amos said the fact that his father is a police officer doesn’t affect how he views the issue.
“I just want justice… either way,” he said. “Whether who’s right or who’s wrong, I don’t know, because I don’t know the full story. … I just want there to be justice and for everybody to come together and build Baltimore up instead of tearing it down.”
Amos is a safety, but played all over the secondary at Penn State. He was the only defensive player selected by the Bears on Day 3, between Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford in the fourth round and Texas Christian University offensive lineman Tayo Fabuluje in the sixth.
Langford gives the Bears some depth behind starting running back Matt Forte, whose contract is up after next season. Langford said in a conference call that he has studied Forte’s game and tries to emulate him.
“I see him stand up linebackers all the time in blitz pickup,” Langford said. “I feel like he does it all. He catches the ball out of the backfield very well. He blocks linebackers very well. I learned a lot watching his film to be able to block linebackers.”
Langford knows he needs to learn to be more physical. The Bears have told him as much.
“Just running through tackles more and being able to break more tackles, and be stronger downfield and run through tackles — that’s pretty much what I heard a lot, and I feel like that’s what I had to work on,” he said.
Fabuluje was a second-team All-Big 12 last year for the Horned Frogs, helping the team rack up 6,929 yards of total offense (fifth-highest in the NCAA).