Denmark's "ridiculous measurables," including a 4.48 40-yard dash and 43.5-inch vertical at 6-2 ˝ and 220 pounds, make for "tremendous upside, Pace said. They also mitigate any concerns regarding Denmark's limited experience at corner after spending his first two seasons at wide receiver.
So too did Denmark's private workout with personnel man Champ Kelly and new CB coach DeShea Townsend, apparently.
"All we see is a guy with these kind of measurables and this kind of talent, and you turn on the tape and — whoa — it catches your eye. Then we send Deshea and Champ Kelly down there to work him out at Valdosta. And they come back, and they also had the video. We can test him in things we want to see.
"How does he flip his hips? How does he transition? And then on tape, for a guy that just switched to that position, his ability to track the ball—he has ball production, interception production," Pace said. "His ability to stay calm on a deep ball and get his head around with poise and track the ball is very intriguing. So this late in the draft, it’s just a very interesting, intriguing prospect for us to take. I can tell you this: When we go to the rookie minicamp, he’s going to be one of the guys I’m going to be most interested in watching, just because of the traits that he possesses."
Those traits could even make Denmark a future safety, where the Bears depth chart is as full as it as corner, but lacks the same type of promise and current investments. If one player from this draft class is poised for a rookie redshirt, it's Denmark.
But as Pace said, there might not be one who offers more intrigue, especially paired with DB-whispering Chuck Pagano and Townsend, the former Steelers Super Bowl champion junkyard dog.