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Vereen taken in NFL draft by Chicago Bears

Posted: May 10, 2014 4:24 p.m.
Updated: May 10, 2014 4:24 p.m.

Brock Vereen was taken 131st overall in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

 

The NFL regular season just got a little more interesting in the Vereen household on Saturday.

After being taken 131st overall in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears, Valencia High grad and former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Brock Vereen sent out this tweet:

“See you in week 8 @ShaneVereen34”

The tweet, aimed older brother and current New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, refers to the October 26 matchup between the Bears and Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Brock, who graduated from Valencia in 2010, helped lead the Vikings to a 12-1 record with 51 tackles and eight interceptions in his senior year.

That productivity carried over to Minnesota where Vereen hit the ground running in his freshman year, appearing in nine games and starting four.

He became a full-time starter in his sophomore year as a cornerback, recording 67 tackles, forcing a fumble and grabbing one interception.

In his junior year he made the transition to safety, starting seven games there. He was third on the team with nine pass breakups and sixth with 64 tackles.

In his senior year, Vereen was named to the All-Big Ten first team by coaches and was an honorable mention by the media.

At this year’s NFL combine Vereen posted the second-fastest 40-yard dash time for a safety at 4.47 seconds. He also had the most repetitions on the bench press for a safety or cornerback, pressing 225 pounds 25 times.

On Saturday, the Bears traded their fifth round picks in this and next year’s draft to the Denver Broncos for the 131st pick that became Vereen and the 246th pick overall.

With the wait to be picked now behind him, Vereen can focus on the task of preparing for the NFL and beating his brother in Week 8.

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