Saturday, April 27, 2013

Chicago Bears: Pick 117

With Chicago continuously screwing the pooch in draft picks this year and last, I have a better chance of making a list of who they probably shouldn't take only to be correct when they take them. Instead, here are a couple of guys still on the board who I would like to see in a Bears uniform.

Barret Jones, C, Alabama
Jones is the top-rated center on my value board and I had him as the 5th or 6th best offensive lineman. Roberto Garza isn't getting any younger so it's time to pull the trigger.

Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
How he's lasted this long amazes me but would make a great replacement for Izzy Idonize and a 3-down Defensive End.

Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia
For the jersey sales alone the Bears should sign this kid. That and he is a top talent at a spot that turns over a lot due to inconsistency and injury.

Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Bears are still in need for depth in that secondary and Poyer is the highest rated CB on the board.

UPDATE 11:35 AM: Okafor off the board so I am going to take a risk on the red-flag character issues and say go get WR Da'Rick Rogers from Tennessee Tech.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Chicago Bears: 12 (more) Prospects at #50

With the first round gone, it's time to move on to the next 12 prospects (plus 4 from the previous article) who could be around at #50.

Top Guys

1. Arthur Brown, ILB\OLB, Kansas State *
Brown is a physical specimen who can play inside or outside linebacker. After watching 2 of 3 starters leave, Chicago is needy at the position. Brown is a guy who could step into the middle or play the strong side. A tackling machine.
Chance of being on the board: 30%.

2. Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU *
Minter is a prototype MLB who grinds it out. Known more as a sure tackler than a "knockout" hitter, Minter is the kind of player that can provide solid play between the ends. In the right system, Minter could have a long career in the NFL. I prefer Brown because of his versatility but Minter is still a top prospect. If Minter is on the board, it'll be interesting to see if he is weighed as the heir apparent for Brian Urlacher.
Chance of being on the board: 35%

3. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Short is very impressive with possibly the best potential at this position. In college, he held strong against run and was a disruptive presence against the pass. He saw a lot of double teams which makes people question his consistency and drive. Placed on defensive line like the Bears, Short could become a future star.
Chance of being on the board: 25%

4. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Blessed with size and strength, Okafor has played both inside and out. He's not the blazing speed Rush End teams covet but he would make a solid, DE. In Bears parlance, I would liken Okafor to a better Izzy Idonije.
Chance of being on the board: 65%

5. David Amerson, CB, NC State
Impressive size, speed and ballhawk ability Amerson has fallen to the 2nd-round because of inconsistencies his Junior season. Amerson however is a rare commodity at Corner who, once he establishes his confidence, can excel at the NFL level.
Chance of being on the board: 75%

The Other Guys

6. Robert Woods, WR, USC
Woods is a polished route runner, physical and has good speed but will not run away from anyone. Despite Chicago looking for homerun threats, Woods could establish himself as a threat at Wide Receiver and break into the lineup if Alshon Jeffrey struggles.
Chance of being on the board: 20%

7. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State 
Hankins fits more of the form of the NT or run stuffing Defensive Tackle. Solid at the point of attack, Hankins will find a nice fit in any 3-4 or 4-3 defense just as long as he's not asked to rush the QB effectively for 4 quarters.
Chance of being on the board: 30%

8. Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Warford I have higher rated than Long and a guy who could actually come into the mix and start right away. When you're as thin as the Bears o-line, Warford could provide a serviceable starter as a rookie and be a mainstay until he leaves or the Bears find someone better.
Chance of being on the board: 50%

9. Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Slay has been in the shadows of Jonathan Banks but shows good coverage, recognition and playmaking ability. The knock on Slay is that he needs to become a more willing tackler which may be tough given the step up to the NFL and its size and speed.
Chance of being on the board: 95%

How about NO

Keenan Allen, WR, California *
The Bears are loaded with possession receivers so adding Allen makes no sense. His 40-times were slow and his injury history is enough to steer clear of the Cal product.

Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame *
The Notre Dame crowd around Chicago loves Te'o however he falls below on my value board of even Ogletree. Te'o may have a bright future in the NFL or he might fall on his face much like he did against Alabama. Regardless, the guy is surrounded by questions and not worth a 2nd-round pick with better prospects on the board.

Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Moore has the numbers to back up his value; however, he's too small and not explosive enough to warrant a 2nd-round pick. There's a better chance that his skills just do not translate at this level.

Cornellis Carradine, DE, FSU
Carradine turned in an impressive senior season after being pressed into service due to injury. He is still very raw and - near the end of the season - was injured himself. Carradine is only 5 months off an ACL injury and probably looking at a "red-shirt" rookie season. He's a good prospect if you can bury him on the IR for a year.

Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Hunt is a physical freak that could boom or bust. Some scouts even relate him to Bears DE Corey Wootton. I can't see the Bears drafting a Wootton-clone despite his upside.

Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
A tall, skinny, straight-line runner but unpolished and raw. Hunter is more of a project with great athleticism and tremendous upside. However, the Bears - with only 5 picks - cannot waste their 1st and 2nd round picks on offensive "projects".

Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Despite being high on value, Ryan does not translate well to the NFL. He often struggles with physical receivers and though he possesses decent measurables, there is question if he can make it at the next level

* Means noted in the first article on the 20th pick.

Phil Emery "Angelo's" Another 1st Round Pick

In Phil Emery's inaugural draft I was highly critical of taking Shea McClellin with the 19th overall pick. Not only was McClellin rated as a tweener (OLB\Rush DE) and suited for a 3-4 defense, he was rated 53rd on my big board. Many top prospects still remained in several positions that could have bolstered the Bears but Emery stubbornly forged ahead despite Bruce Irvin (the OLB\DE he coveted was taken at the 15 position and rated even further back on my value board) decided to continue to pinpoint DE. Given the state of the Bears offense (namely OL and WR), Emery could have gone in several directions but remained stubborn.

This year was no different. Emery finally decided that o-line was the top priority this draft only to watch all the top talent including the best Tackles and Guards go off the board in the first 15 picks. Chicago tried to trade back for more picks but it was a buyers market so they forged ahead. With guys on the board like 2 and 2A Cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Trufant, DT Sharrif Floyd and a wealth of top-rated Linebackers ... Emery opted to take the 8th or 9th best offensive lineman who's started a whopping 4 games in college. Long rated 54th on my value board (at least he's consistent) and rated at best a mid-2nd to 3rd-round pick by most experts.

The 1st-round, for intelligent drafting organizations, is a place where you find athletes who can make an immediate impact on your team. Not only is Kyle Long going to be a 25-yo rookie with little playing experience, a history of substance abuse, AND an underachiever; he provides no immediate improvement to the Bears o-line!

Phil Emery tried to bolster his choice saying that “We see a player who is going to contribute right away” already penciling Long in at Left Guard. Emery went on to say that "Kyle was the player that we targeted,” the general manager said. “We targeted him for the last couple of weeks. He had to be gone for us to move back. We were not going to move off that spot if Kyle Long was still there.”

If that is true, than Emery and the entire scouting department should be fired. When you have a top-20 pick and you are targeting an unproven, 25-yo Guard\Tackle tweener instead of finding the best player on the board when you have deep holes needed filled ... that's the recipe for being mediocre for years to come. Take into account that Emery's words completely and utterly contradict what was being said by not only Kyle Long but Marc Trestman.

“It’s been clear from the beginning in conversations with (Trestman) that I’m a very raw player,” Long said. “And they’re on the same page as me in that I think my best ball is ahead of me.”

Does that sound like a guy who the head coach is going to place at starting Left Guard in four months time?

Noted publisher of Pro Football Weekly, Hub Arkush was left in shock with the results of the day. “I believe we heard Emery quoted several times in the last couple of weeks (saying) that there’s a couple of guys that we love – that we know what we’re going to do when we get there," said Arkus on 670 The Score. "If this was it, wow. I’m a little taken back by this one. I was bummed with Shea McClellin last year. This (pick) makes that look like they (got) Barry Sanders with Shea McClellin. I don’t get this pick. It’s disappointing”

Emery once again showed his inability to work the first round of the draft or be flexible in his approach. The same lack of production in early rounds cost the last GM his job. In the do-or-die, win-it-now world of the NFL, once is a coincidence, twice is a pattern. Phil Emery, your tenure is now on the clock.

Maryland Sorority Girl Reacts to Bear's Draft

For those of you that have your heads stuck under rocks, which apparently is the majority of this organization, we have been FUCKING UP in terms of scouting and interviewing college prospects. I've been getting texts on texts about people LITERALLY being so fucking AWKWARD and so fucking CLUELESS. If you're reading this right now and saying to yourself "But oh em gee Julia, I've been having so much fun with my coworkers this week!", then punch yourself in the face right now so that I don't have to fucking find you at Halas Hall to do it myself.

I do not give a flying fuck, and fans do not give a flying fuck, about how much you fucking love to talk to other scouts. You have 361 days out of the fucking year to talk to them, and this week is NOT, I fucking repeat NOT ONE OF THEM. This week is about building an organization through the draft, and that's not fucking possible if you're going to stand around and talk to each other and not scout our prospects. Newsflash you stupid cocks: FANS DON'T LIKE BORING DRAFT PICKS. Oh wait, DOUBLE FUCKING NEWSFLASH: FANS ARE NOT GOING TO WANT TO WATCH US IF WE FUCKING SUCK, which by the way in case you're an idiot and need it spelled out for you, WE FUCKING SUCK SO FAR.

"But Julia!", you say in a whiny little bitch voice to your computer screen as you read this email, "I've been really happy with our draft picks, doesn't that count for something?" NO YOU STUPID FUCKING ASS HATS, IT FUCKING DOESN'T. DO YOU WANNA KNOW FUCKING WHY?!! IT DOESN'T COUNT BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN FUCKING UP AT COMBINE FUCKING EVENTS TOO. I've not only gotten texts about people being fucking STUPID at the combine (for example, being stupid shits and saying stuff like "durr what's a ‘tweener?" or "durr we need to spend more time with Mike Glennon" is not fucking funny), but I've gotten texts about people actually cheering for the opposing teams on draft day. The opposing. Fucking. Team. ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID?!! I don't give a SHIT about sportsmanship, YOU CHEER FOR OUR GODDAMN TEAM AND NOT THE OTHER ONE, HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN TO A DRAFT? ARE YOU FUCKING BLIND? Or are you just so fucking dense about what it means to make people like you that you think being a good little supporter of the draft is going to make our fans happy? Well it's time someone told you, NO ONE FUCKING LIKES THAT, ESPECIALLY OUR FUCKING FANS. I will fucking cunt punt the next person I hear about doing something like that, and I don't give a fuck if you TRADE ME TO THE RAIDERS, I WILL FUCKING ASSAULT YOU.

"Ohhh, I'm now crying because your email has made me oh so so sad". Well good. If this email applies to you in any way, meaning if you are a little asswipe that stands in the corners in the war room or if you're a stupid shit that thinks J’Marcus Webb is a real football player, this following message is for you:


I'm not fucking kidding. Don't go. Seriously, if you have done ANYTHING I've mentioned in this email and have some rare disease where you're unable to NOT do these things, then you are HORRIBLE, I repeat, HORRIBLE PR FOR THIS ORGANIZATION. I would rather have 4 scouts that are fun, talk to prospects, and not fucking retarded than 80 that are fucking faggots. With that in mind don't fucking show up unless you're going to stop being a goddamn cock block for our organization. Seriously. I swear to fucking God if I see anyone being a goddamn Jerry Angelo at tonight's event, I will tell you to leave even if you're Phil Emery. I'm not even kidding. Try me.

And for those of you who are offended at this email, I would apologize but I really don't give a fuck. Go fuck yourself. BEARDOWN YOU COCK-WALLETS!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Looking Back: 2010 Chicago Bears Draft

Most experts tell you that it takes 3 years to evaluate a draft. Normally, a Jerry Angelo draft it takes 30 seconds followed by copious amounts of alcohol to forget that he actually existed ... this is not one of those drafts:

Rnd    Pick    Name               Pos    School
3        75      Major Wright     DB    Florida      
4        109    Corey Wootton  DE    Northwestern      
5        141    Joshua Moore    DB    Kansas St.      
6        181    Dan LeFevour    QB    Central Michigan      
7        218    J'Marcus Webb  OT    West Texas A&M    

First overall and 3rd-round pick Major Wright struggled his first two seasons as a Bear often being called "Major Wrong" for his propensity to be out of position and liability in coverage; part of this can be attributed to the Bears continuously trying to take square-peg, Strong Safeties like Wright and force them into the gaping hole at Free Safety. But, as last year shows, Wright has solidified himself in the Bears secondary and began shoring up his deficiencies in the pass game. Wright still doesn't wrap the way I'd like to see ANY NFL defender do when making a tackle, but he's come a long way since those first two seasons.

Second overall and 4th-round pick Corey Wootton will be forever beloved in the NFL for knocking the complete shiat out of Brett Fav-ruh. Wootton has shown flashes as a rush end but now he is penciled in as the starting DE with the loss of Izzy Idonije to free agency. Wootton has tremendous upside but his ability to hold up against the run on a consistent basis is still a question mark.

Final pick J'Marcus Webb was a raw prospect taken in the 7th-round who had the size and athleticism to be a Left Tackle, someday. Unfortunately for Webb - and Jay Cutler - he was pressed into action as years of ignoring the O-line in drafts resulted in a mish-mash of poorly skilled blockers. Webb has had 3 maddening seasons with Chicago bouncing from Right to Left tackle while all the while consistently grading out just above Chris Williams and "Turnstyle at Gate B". With that being said, the Bears have gotten far more mileage from this 7th-round pick than any other in recent history with the exception of Mike Green.

Joshua Moore and Dan LeFevour both lasted a couple of seasons in the NFL but neither are in the league at this time. One of the issues - value versus need - was that LeFevour was chosen when you already had a still-new franchise QB that you paid for dearly. Taking him in the 6th round was a very good value pick that I agreed with; however, that doesn't necessarily mean it was a good pick. Chicago was in a "win it now" mentality and using one of your five picks on a project QB seemed like a waste of a pick especially when you they had a need at every offensive skill position.

With what he had to work with, this was actually one of Jerry Angelo's better drafts. You can scratch your head at the taking of a QB in the 6th round but 3 out of the 5 players taken have played their way into prominence (or infamy in the case of Webb). A rare B-grade for JA ... It still didn't save his job but we've seen the recaps of his other drafts.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

2013 Draft Big Board

1 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
3 DeMarcus Milliner CB Alabama
4 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
5 Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
6 Star Lotulelei DT Utah
7 Chance Warmack OG Alabama
8 Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
9 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
10 Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
11 Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
12 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
13 Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
14 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
15 Geno Smith QB West Virginia
16 Kenny Vaccaro FS Texas
17 Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
18 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
19 Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
20 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
21 Keenan Allen WR California
22 Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M
23 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
24 Desmond Trufant CB Washington
25 Arthur Brown OLB Kansas State
26 Alec Ogletree OLB Georgia
27 Datone Jones DE UCLA
28 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
29 Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
30 DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
31 Kevin Minter ILB LSU
32 Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
33 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
34 Matt Elam SS Florida
35 Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State
36 Jonathan Cyprien SS Florida International
37 Matt Barkley QB USC
38 Larry Warford OG Kentucky
39 Kawann Short DT Purdue
40 Alex Okafor DE Texas
41 Jesse Williams DT Alabama
42 Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State
43 Robert Woods WR USC
44 Margus Hunt DE SMU
45 Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
46 Zach Ertz TE Stanford
47 Barrett Jones C Alabama
48 Khaseem Greene OLB Rutgers
49 Giovani Bernard RB North Carolina
50 Jamar Taylor CB Boise State
51 Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech
52 Eric Reid FS LSU
53 John Jenkins DT Georgia
54 Kyle Long OT Oregon
55 Mike Glennon QB North Carolina State
56 David Amerson CB North Carolina State
57 Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas
58 Logan Ryan CB Rutgers
59 Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA
60 Terrance Williams WR Baylor
61 Darius Slay CB Mississippi State
62 E.J. Manuel QB Florida State
63 Corey Lemonier OLB Auburn
64 Da'Rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech
65 Jordan Poyer CB Oregon State
66 Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse
67 Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State
68 Montee Ball RB Wisconsin
69 Brandon Williams DT Missouri Southern State
70 Travis Kelce TE Cincinnati
71 Joseph Randle RB Oklahoma State
72 Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB Connecticut
73 Sio Moore OLB Connecticut
74 Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia
75 Bacarri Rambo FS Georgia
76 Phillip Thomas FS Fresno State
77 Menelik Watson OT Florida State
78 Justin Pugh OT Syracuse
79 Sam Montgomery DE LSU
80 Jamie Collins OLB Southern Mississippi
81 Terron Armstead OT Arkansas Pine-Bluff
82 D.J. Swearinger FS South Carolina
83 Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State
84 Aaron Dobson WR Marshall
85 Andre Ellington RB Clemson
86 Robert Alford CB Southeastern Louisiana
87 Kiko Alonso ILB Oregon
88 Dallas Thomas OT Tennessee
89 Vance McDonald TE Rice
90 Brennan Williams OT North Carolina
91 William Gholston DE Michigan State
92 Brian Schwenke C California
93 Le'Veon Bell RB Michigan State
94 Oday Aboushi OG Virginia
95 T.J. McDonald FS USC
96 Brandon Jenkins DE Florida State
97 Sean Porter OLB Texas A&M
98 JJ Wilcox SS Georgia Southern
99 Travis Frederick C Wisconsin
100 Tyler Bray QB Tennessee
101 Shamarko Thomas SS Syracuse
102 D.J. Hayden CB Houston
103 Stepfan Taylor RB Stanford
104 Chase Thomas OLB Stanford
105 Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU
106 B.W. Webb CB William & Mary
107 Jordan Mills OT Louisiana Tech
108 Will Davis CB Utah State
109 Jon Bostic ILB Florida
110 John Simon DE Ohio State
111 Bennie Logan DT LSU
112 Jelani Jenkins OLB Florida
113 Ryan Swope WR Texas A&M
114 David Quessenberry OT San Jose State
115 Gerald Hodges OLB Penn State
116 Zac Dysert QB Miami (Ohio)
117 Leon McFadden CB San Diego State
118 Chris Faulk OT LSU
119 Kevin Reddick ILB North Carolina
120 Dion Sims TE Michigan State
121 Mike Gillislee RB Florida
122 Cornelius Washington DE Georgia
123 Jawan Jamison RB Rutgers
124 Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
125 Nick Kasa TE Colorado
126 Marquise Goodwin WR Texas
127 Reid Fragel OT Ohio State
128 Kenny Stills WR Oklahoma
129 Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin
130 Tharold Simon CB LSU
131 Chris Harper WR Kansas State
132 Tony Jefferson FS Oklahoma
133 Ryan Otten TE San Jose State
134 Khaled Holmes C USC
135 Robert Lester SS Alabama
136 Marquess Wilson WR Washington State
137 Micah Hyde CB Iowa
138 Joseph Fauria TE UCLA
139 Dennis Johnson RB Arkansas
140 Alex Hurst OT LSU
141 Brian Winters OG Kent State
142 Dwayne Gratz CB Connecticut
143 Jordan Reed TE Florida
144 Alvin Bailey OG Arkansas
145 Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina
146 Nico Johnson ILB Alabama
147 Malliciah Goodman DE Clemson
148 Akeem Spence DT Illinois
149 Lavar Edwards DE LSU
150 Duke Williams SS Nevada
151 Matt Scott QB Arizona
152 Jordan Hill DT Penn State
153 Christine Michael RB Texas A&M
154 Zaviar Gooden OLB Missouri
155 DeVonte Holloman OLB South Carolina
156 Cobi Hamilton WR Arkansas
157 A.J. Klein ILB Iowa State
158 Shawn Williams SS Georgia
159 Joe Kruger DE Utah
160 Kenjon Barner RB Oregon
161 Everett Dawkins DT Florida State
162 Xavier Nixon OT Florida
163 Devin Taylor DE South Carolina
164 Lerentee McCray OLB Florida
165 Kwame Geathers DT Georgia
166 Tavarres King WR Georgia
167 Josh Boyce WR TCU
168 Michael Buchanan DE Illinois
169 Montori Hughes DT Tennessee-Martin
170 Terry Hawthorne CB Illinois
171 T.J. Barnes DT Georgia Tech
172 Ace Sanders WR South Carolina
173 Aaron Mellette WR Elon
174 Zac Stacy RB Vanderbilt
175 Kerwynn Williams RB Utah State
176 Steve Williams CB California
177 Nickell Robey CB USC
178 Mychal Rivera TE Tennessee
179 Mike Edwards CB Hawaii
180 Adrian Bushell CB Louisville
181 Chris Gragg TE Arkansas
182 Josh Boyd DT Mississippi State
183 Johnny Adams CB Michigan State
184 Levine Toilolo TE Stanford
185 Earl Wolff SS North Carolina State
186 Denard Robinson WR Michigan
187 Sean Renfree QB Duke
188 Marc Anthony CB California
189 Knile Davis RB Arkansas
190 Quanterus Smith DE Western Kentucky
191 Ryan Griffin QB Tulane
192 Steve Beauharnais ILB Rutgers
193 Mark Harrison WR Rutgers
194 Michael Williams TE Alabama
195 Ray Graham RB Pittsburgh
196 Chris Jones DT Bowling Green
197 Stansly Maponga DE TCU
198 Stefphon Jefferson RB Nevada
199 Jack Doyle TE Western Kentucky
200 Travis Long OLB Washington State
201 Mario Benavides C Louisville
202 Jake Knott OLB Iowa State
203 Quinton Dial DT Alabama
204 Travis Bond OG North Carolina
205 Kapron Lewis-Moore DT Notre Dame
206 Bruce Taylor ILB Virginia Tech
207 Omar Hunter DT Florida
208 Trevardo Williams OLB Connecticut
209 David Bakhtiari OT Colorado
210 Kyle Juszczyk FB Harvard
211 J.C. Tretter OG Cornell
212 Josh Evans FS Florida
213 Brandon McGee CB Miami (Fla.)
214 Hugh Thornton OG Illinois
215 Ty Powell OLB Harding
216 Etienne Sabino OLB Ohio State
217 Conner Vernon WR Duke
218 Jeff Locke P UCLA
219 Brandon Magee OLB Arizona State
220 Corey Fuller WR Virginia Tech
221 Rontez Miles FS California (PA)
222 Lonnie Pryor FB Florida State
223 Eric Martin OLB Nebraska
224 Michael Ford RB LSU
225 Earl Watford OG James Madison
226 Josh Johnson CB Purdue
227 Keith Pough ILB Howard
228 Braxston Cave C Notre Dame
229 Sanders Commings CB Georgia
230 Cierre Wood RB Notre Dame
231 Eric Herman OG Ohio
232 Zach Line FB SMU
233 John Lotulelei OLB UNLV
234 Rodney Smith WR Florida State
235 P.J. Lonergan C LSU
236 Cory Grissom DT South Florida
237 Garrett Gilkey OT Chadron State
238 Mike Catapano DE Princeton
239 Matt Furstenburg TE Maryland
240 Jasper Collins WR Mount Union
241 Tommy Bohanon FB Wake Forest
242 Travis Johnson OLB San Jose State
243 Ryan Jensen OG Colorado State - Pueblo
244 Quinn Sharp P Oklahoma State
245 Latavius Murray RB UCF
246 Anthony McCloud DT Florida State
247 Daimion Stafford FS Nebraska
248 Jeff Baca OG UCLA
249 Jason Weaver OT Southern Mississippi
250 Herman Lathers OLB Tennessee

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chicago Bears: 12 Prospects at #20

Breaking down the draft each year takes painstakingly long and even worse is trying to decide who the best fit is for your team and when they should be taken. Drafting is not a science but at best a stock market gamble or high-stakes poker game.  With players constantly rising and falling, teams that draft the best put together fluid draft plans. Or if you're Jerry Angelo, you throw feces at a board and draft what sticks.  Luckily, Phil Emery is the new man in charge and although I was not impressed by last year's draft class, I have seen a modicum of improvement. Here are 12 prospects that I zeroed in at the #20 spot and how they fit into the Bear's plans (or don't).

My Top Guys

1. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

In my opinion, Cooper is the best on the board. Taking a Guard in the 1st round has been done before and if you're going to do it, Cooper is the man. Cooper is the kind of guy you ink in at starter for the next 8-10 years and an instant upgrade. Chance he's still on the board: 30%.

2. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Fluker is a road-grating left tackle weighing a tic-tac shy of 340. Questions arise about his ability to block speed-rushing ends but Fluker is the best Right Tackle in the draft. When you look at the likes of Gabe Carimi and J'Marcus Webb, Fluker is head and shoulders above them. If Cooper is gone, Fluker deserves a solid look. Chance he's still on the board: 65%.

3. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Trufant is a shut-down corner with some warts but a tremendous upside. Trufant comes with a good pedigree having two brothers already in the league and his skils are undisputed. Trufant would work out great in a secondary that has really no depth after the long-toothed Peanut Tillman and the upstart Tim Jennings. Chance he's still on the board: 45%.

4. Arthur Brown, ILB\OLB, Kansas State
Brown is a physical specimen who can play inside or outside linebacker. After watching 2 of 3 starters leave, Chicago is needy at the position. Brown is a guy who could step into the middle or play the strong side. A tackling machine. Chance of being on the board: 85%.

The Other Guys

5. Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Minter is a prototype MLB who grinds it out. Known more as a sure tackler than a "knockout" hitter, Minter is the kind of player that can provide solid play between the ends. In the right system, Minter could have a long career in the NFL. I prefer Brown because of his versatility but Minter is still a top prospect. Minter will be on the board, it'll be interesting to see if he is weighed as the heir apparent for Brian Urlacher.

6. Cordarrelle Peterson, WR, Tennessee
Peterson possesses that blazing speed the Bears need to stretch the field and can double as a return man. The problem is that he's still very raw and lacks instinct and solid route-running. I love the 4.3 speed but am not sold that he will not be another Devin Hester.  The 1st-round seems a bit too early to take on a project WR.  There is a good chance Peterson will be off the board anyway.

7. Daytone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jones has good size for a DE and can hold up well against the run game. Inconsistencies have plagued him in his college career but that does not stop him from being one of the top prospects at his position. If the Bears are not convinced that Coorey Wooton is ready to take the next step, Jones would be a good pickup.

8. Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
I like this kid out of Texas but he will probably be well off the board before the Bears draft. However, if he's still their, do the Bears take on a bonafide Free Safety, a position that has been a revolving door since Mike Brown left the team?

How About NO
Of the 12 prospects that brought value and could be available for Chicago, I red-flagged four for various reasons.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Eifert is the 2nd-coming of Kellen Davis. He is a top-rated TE only because this draft does not offer much at that position. Eifert fits more of the "overgrown" WR mold than he does what you would want at the TE position.

Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Bears are loaded with possession receivers so adding Allen makes no sense. His 40-times were slow and his injury history is enough to steer clear of the Cal product.

Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
Ogletree seems to be a popular pick among mock drafters for the Bears; I'm guessing because he's a converted safety and people grow nostalgic over Brian Urlacher. Ogletree is 230 pounds and may be maxed out as far as weight. He's also a raw talent having played linebacker for only two seasons; throw in substance abuse problems and that's 3 strikes.

Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
The Notre Dame crowd around Chicago loves Te'o however he falls below on my value board of even Ogletree. Te'o may have a bright future in the NFL or he might fall on his face much like he did against Alabama. Regardless, the guy is surrounded by questions and not worth a 1st-round pick.

With the 2013 draft rapidly approaching, the Bears are hopefully in high-gear evaluating this year's prospects. The team has several needs to fill but has been very active in free agency. Let's hope that Phil Emery has a plan to move forward because in order to be the elite team, it starts with solid drafts year after year.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Looking Back: 2009 Chicago Bears Draft

Most experts tell you that it takes 3 years to evaluate a draft. Most of these guys saved us the trouble and exited MUCH earlier:

3     68     Jarron Gilbert     DT    He can jump out of a pool and that's the extent of his talents.  Currently being trained at Sea World as he would never hurt a trainer or any living human being.
3     99     Juaquin Iglesias     WR     Couldn't play dead.  Another fine Angelo 3rd-round gem!
4     105     Henry Melton     DE     Melton has shown some flash after being moved to the inside.  It's taken a few years but he's starting to come on.
4    119     D.J. Moore     DB     Lots of mixed feelings on the young nickelback but I like Moore and think this was the best player taken this season which isn't high praise but ...
5     140     Johnny Knox     WR     Knox has shown great speed and straight line ability but he's a middle of the road NFL WR.  With the addition of Brandon Marshall in the offseason, this year is make-or-break for the kid out of Abilene Christian.
5     154     Marcus Freeman     LB     Currently washing cars with Mike Okwo and Dan Bazuin after not even making it out of camp
6     190     Al Afalava     DB     Another swing at miss at safety. Afalava never lived up to his hype and is out of the league.
7     246     Lance Louis     G     Talk about a guy who can't play dead. Amazingly he kept getting a chance.  Bears love their late-round BAD offensive lineman.
7     251     Derek Kinder     WR     Hard to expect a 7th-rounder to do much and he didn't.  Never made it out of camp.
So the best player in the 2009 draft was D.J. Moore.  Henry Melton has looked impressive now working on the inside and Knox is up in the air.  On a normal NFL-grading scale you would consider this a D+ draft. On the Jerry Angelo sliding-retard scale, I would give it two balloons and some sidewalk chalk.

Official 2012 Draft Big Board

Overall Name Pos College
1 Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2 Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
3 Matt Kalil OT Southern California
4 Trent Richardson RB Alabama
5 Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6 Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
7 Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
8 David DeCastro OG Stanford
9 Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
10 Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
11 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
12 Riley Reiff OT Iowa
13 Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
14 Courtney Upshaw LB Alabama
15 Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
16 Michael Brockers DT LSU
17 Kendall Wright WR Baylor
18 Dontari Poe DT Memphis
19 Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
20 Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
21 Devon Still DT Penn State
22 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
23 Mark Barron S Alabama
24 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
25 Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
26 Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama
27 Peter Konz C Wisconsin
28 Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
29 Nick Perry DE Southern California
30 Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31 David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
32 Andre Branch DE Clemson
33 Lamar Miller RB Miami
34 Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
35 Doug Martin RB Boise State
36 Zach Brown LB North Carolina
37 Vinny Curry DE Marshall
38 Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin
39 Dwayne Allen TE Clemson
40 Coby Fleener TE Stanford
41 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
42 Brandon Thompson DT Clemson
43 Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State
44 Mike Adams OT Ohio State
45 Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
46 Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
47 Lavonte David LB Nebraska
48 Rueben Randle WR LSU
49 Kelechi Osemele OG Iowa State
50 Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
51 Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
52 Bobby Wagner LB Utah State
53 Shea McClellin LB Boise State
54 Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
55 Harrison Smith S Notre Dame
56 Jared Crick DT Nebraska
57 Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech
58 Ronnell Lewis LB Oklahoma
59 Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt
60 Brandon Boykin CB Georgia
61 Josh Robinson CB Central Florida
62 Juron Criner WR Arizona
63 Orson Charles TE Georgia
64 Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma
65 Chase Minnifield CB Virginia
66 Mychal Kendricks MLB California
67 Chris Polk RB Washington
68 Alameda Ta'amu DT Washington
69 LaMichael James RB Oregon
70 Josh Chapman DT Alabama
71 Mitchell Schwartz OT California
72 Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State
73 Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
74 Markelle Martin S Oklahoma State
75 Brandon Brooks OG Miami (Ohio)
76 Ben Jones C Georgia
77 Billy Winn DT Boise State
78 Nick Toon WR Wisconsin
79 Mike Martin DT Michigan
80 Bruce Irvin LB West Virginia
81 Trumaine Johnson CB Montana
82 Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
83 Bernard Pierce RB Temple
84 Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati
85 James Brown OG Troy
86 Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State
87 Sean Spence OLB Miami
88 Dwight Jones WR North Carolina
89 Ladarius Green TE Louisiana-Lafayette
90 Marvin McNutt WR Iowa
91 Joe Adams WR Arkansas
92 Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona State
93 Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma
94 Bobby Massie OT Mississippi
95 Chris Givens WR Wake Forest
96 Marvin Jones WR California
97 Cam Johnson DE Virginia
98 George Iloka S Boise State
99 Brandon Washington T/G Miami
100 Nigel Bradham LB Florida State
101 Derek Wolfe DT Cincinnati
102 Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina
103 Leonard Johnson CB Iowa State
104 Dwight Bentley CB Louisiana-Lafayette
105 Robert Turbin RB Utah State
106 Philip Blake C Baylor
107 Jonathan Massaquoi DE Troy
108 Nate Potter OT Boise State
109 Jeff Allen OT Illinois
110 Keenan Robinson OLB Texas
111 Senio Kelemete OG Washington
112 Michael Egnew TE Missouri
113 Lucas Nix OG Pittsburgh
114 Tommy Streeter WR Miami
115 Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin
116 Nick Foles QB Arizona
117 Audie Cole MLB/OLB North Carolina State
118 Terrell Manning OLB North Carolina State
119 Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M
120 Levy Adcock OT Oklahoma State
121 A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois
122 Demario Davis OLB Arkansas State
123 James-Michael Johnson MLB Nevada
124 Antonio Allen SS South Carolina
125 Michael Brewster C Ohio State
126 Greg Childs WR Arkansas
127 Matt Reynolds OT BYU
128 Mike Brewster C Ohio State
129 Brandon Taylor S LSU
130 Tony Bergstrom G Utah
131 Matt McCants OT UAB
132 Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M
133 Malik Jackson DE Tennessee
134 Jake Bequette DE Arkansas
135 Jaye Howard DT Florida
136 DeQuan Menzie CB Alabama
137 Emmanuel Acho OLB/ILB Texas
138 Kheeston Randall 5T Texas
139 Marcus Forston DT Miami
140 Tank Carder ILB TCU
141 Ronnie Hillman RB San Diego State
142 Jarius Wright WR Arkansas
143 Coryell Judie CB Texas A&M
144 Andrew Datko OT Florida State
145 Donnie Fletcher CB Boston College
146 Ryan Miller G Colorado
147 Jerry Franklin OLB Arkansas
148 Tydreke Powell DT North Carolina
149 DeVier Posey WR Ohio State
150 Frank Alexander DE Oklahoma
151 Brandon Lindsey DE/OLB Pittsburgh
152 Tim Benford WR Tennessee Tech
153 Gerell Robinson WR Arizona State
154 Travian Robertson DT South Carolina
155 Cliff Harris CB Oregon
156 Danny Trevathan OLB Kentucky
157 Julian Miller DE West Virginia
158 Dominique Hamilton DT Missouri
159 David Paulson TE Oregon
160 Jordan White WR Western Michigan
161 Logan Harrell DT Fresno State
162 Will Blackwell G LSU
163 Tyrone Crawford DE Boise State
164 Brandon Mosley OT Auburn
165 Josh Kaddu OLB Oregon
166 Trevin Wade CB Arizona
167 Ron Brooks CB LSU
168 Donald Stephenson OT Oklahoma
169 Bryan Anger P California
170 Trenton Robinson FS Michigan State
171 Kyle Wilber OLB Wake Forest
172 Chris Rainey RB Florida
173 Omar Bolden CB Arizona State
174 Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State
175 Deangelo Peterson TE LSU
176 Aaron Henry FS Wisconsin
177 Trevor Guyton DE California
178 Vick Ballard RB Mississippi State
179 Tom Compton OT South Dakota
180 Rishard Matthews WR Nevada
181 Josh LeRibeus OG Southern Methodist
182 Jack Crawford DE Penn State
183 T.Y. Hilton WR Florida International
184 Christian Thompson FS South Carolina State
185 Rhett Ellison TE Southern California
186 Brandon Hardin FS Oregon State
187 Winston Guy Jr. S Kentucky
188 Shaun Prater CB Iowa
189 Edwin Baker RB Michigan State
190 Ryan Steed CB Furman
191 Brett Roy DT Nevada
192 Tauren Poole RB Tennessee
193 B.J. Coleman QB Chattanooga
194 Devon Wylie WR Fresno State
195 Chase Ford TE Miami
196 Junior Hemingway WR Michigan
197 Terrance Ganaway RB Baylor
198 Alex Hoffman-Ellis OLB Washington State
199 Hebron Fangupo DT Brigham Young
200 Asa Jackson CB Cal Poly
201 Evan Rodriguez FB Temple
202 Garrett Celek TE Michigan State
203 David Molk C Michigan
204 Janzen Jackson FS McNeese State
205 Mike Harris CB Florida State
206 Duke Ihenacho SS San Jose State
207 Dan Herron RB Ohio State
208 Jacquies Smith DE Missouri
209 Davin Meggett RB Maryland
210 Matt Reynolds OT Brigham Young
211 George Bryan TE North Carolina State
212 Rishaw Johnson OG California (PA)
213 Justin Bethel FS Presbyterian
214 Chris Greenwood CB Albion
215 Brad Smelley FB Alabama
216 Michael Smith RB Utah State
217 DaJohn Harris DT Southern California
218 Eric Page WR Toledo
219 Eddie Pleasant SS Oregon
220 Austin Davis QB Southern Mississippi
221 Lamar Holmes OT Southern Mississippi
222 Brandon Bolden RB Mississippi
223 Keith Tandy CB West Virginia
224 Quentin Saulsberry C Mississippi State
225 James Hanna TE Oklahoma
226 Tim Fugger DE Vanderbilt
227 Olivier Vernon DE Miami (Fla.)
228 Matt Veldman TE North Dakota State
229 Tavon Wilson FS Illinois
230 Desmond Wynn OG Rutgers
231 Tyler Nielsen OLB Iowa
232 Coty Sensabaugh CB Clemson
233 Akiem Hicks DT Regina
234 Emil Igwenagu FB Massachusetts
235 Danny Coale WR Virginia Tech
236 Kelcie McCray SS Arkansas State
237 Najee Good ILB West Virginia
238 Bobby Rainey RB Western Kentucky
239 Kellen Moore QB Boise State
240 Marcel Jones OT Nebraska
241 Micah Pellerin CB Hampton
242 Drew Butler P Georgia
243 Jaymes Brooks OG Virginia Tech
244 Adonis Thomas RB Toledo
245 Bradie Ewing FB Wisconsin
246 Terrence Frederick CB Texas A&M
247 Kourtnei Brown DE Clemson
248 Miles Burris OLB San Diego State
249 Nick Provo TE Syracuse
250 Markus Kuhn DT North Carolina State