Posted on: April 27, 2008 7:15 pm
Well i must say, this was a boring draft. I am a little upset that the Bears chose to play it safe than take a risk or two, but i guess its better to be safe than sorry. No QB? Who is the 3rd string thatll get a shot? I love Rex, as do the coaches, now lets just see him make it work. Hes getting a line now, so no more excuses. I would have really wanted to see Nick Hill from SIU as a compensatory, or even Anthony Morelli. Someone, unless something gets pulled out of JA's sleeve.
1-Chris Williams--I am definitely disappointed with this. The front offices took the safe road with this. I really wanted Rashard Mendenhall, and we had a shot at him. Williams should be a starter right away i believe, and its good that we fixed the line. It really just bugs me that i cant find anything special with this guy. Hes a big body that we could have found in later rounds. Oh well, que sera sera. Grade-B+
2-Matt Forte--Good back, bad timing. I like how JA and Co sent a powerful message to Cedric Benson. I really hope our AP gets cut or traded or sent to the practice squad, because i'd rather stay young and keep Garrett Wolfe, who has more upside than Adrian. Forte can catch out of the backfield and is a grinder from what i've seen, but i find this pick to be just sketchy. I guess im just not comfortable with a back from an unproven conference. I cant name a decent defense from the Sun Belt. Grade-B-
3-Earl Bennett--Seemed good from film, and looks very good to the Bears. He'll have a friend with Williams here, and should fit in as at least the 3 WR. I can see him being similar to Bernard Berrian, but can block, and has slightly better hands. Thats the reason he was taken, i think JA and Co were just looking for that Berrian replacement thats speedy and can catch balls here and there. Can develop into something more in a couple years. Lets just hope if he does, he doesnt get bought out. Grade-A-
3-Marcus Harrison--What in the hell were the Bears thinking with this? I still cant figure it out, granted my boy Tommy Zbikowski was taken 2 picks prior to this. I think the Bears should have traded out of this. We have 3 DTs who can be relied on, and 6 are on the current roster. I am just baffled......He is talented, but this was a wasted pick. I can see this as insurance if Tommie Harris leaves. Thats the only reason they would have taken a DT this early. Grade-D+
4-Craig Steltz--Ehhhh, there are many better safeties and we probably should have gotten him later. Hes a hitter, and im not a fan from what i saw. He just seems like an above average, hard hitting, uncoordinated safety. Lets hope he can improve in camp and practice. Grade-C
5-Zach Bowman--Another WTF were you thinking pick. I do remember that Tillman and Vasher are locked up till 2013, and Trumaine McBride and Ricky Manning Jr are good fill-ins. This guy blew out both of his knees, and before he did so, he was very good at what he did, very good in coverage and a great tackler and helped a lot on the running game, and once considered a 1st rounder. Then he blew out his knees. Not wise, im not a fan. Grade-C-
5-Kellen Davis--There were just a plethora of TEs that looked like they wont amount to anything special in this draft. This kid was one of them, and not really a priority at this pick. A John Gilmore replacement. Lets hope he can block. I dont see him catching much behind Clark and Olsen. Grade D+
7-Evrin Baldwin--Worst pick of them all. Dan Bazuin, Wale, Alex Brown, Mark Anderson, and Israel Idonije are DEs. Unless the front offices dont plan on resigning Wale next year or two, maybe. But this is not a time for theories. We still needed a QB, OL depth, and a WR. Horrible pick, so unless this guys a diamond in the ruff, he wont see playing time outside of preseason. Grade-F
7-Chester Adams--Much needed depth on the OL. There were better available linemen at G and T at this point, but I will take it. Grade-C
7-Joey LaRoque--Right position, wrong player. J Leman was here, and went undrafted. He had better get an invite to camp. Grade-D
7-Kirk Barton--I love this. A late 7th rounder that was projected from the 3rd round to the 5th. This was a steal, lets just hope he can keep it together. Good depth quality too. Grade-A
7-Marcus Monk--I really think there were better WRs at this point, Davonne Bess was. He broke a lot of records at Arkansas, oh boy! If he translates to anything, lets hope its Brandon Lloyd's replacement or a number 4. I dont think he will. Maybe he'll see a play or two, but i really doubt that. Grade-D
we still need a QB here people.
Total draft grade--C
Posted on: April 14, 2008 2:08 pm
Ladies and Gents, boys and girls, spring in is the air. It is getting nicer out and of course, its raining like a biotch......anyways, its my final mock draft. Everyones got their opinions, heres mine.
1-Rashard Mendenhall, RB (Illinois)--Yes everyone, i have seen the Johnathan Stewart workout video on ESPN, and yes he is one ripped SOB. But lets not stray from the fact that there is no way he would fit the Bears offense. Injury aside, hes from a west coast, speed option offense, and thats how he will excel. He would be a fit for Michael Vick, not Rex or Kyle Orton. Mendenhall is a better fit, hes got lean speed and power that the Bears salivate over. All OTs are pretty much the same, they will be good, but sometimes you just gotta take the risks. Look what happened with Walter Payton and Gale Sayers. Both had abysmal lines at the beginning of their careers. Im not saying Mendenhall is the next Payton by any means, but is worth taking a gamble.
2-Anthony Collins, OT (Kansas)--Yes the OL needs fixing if we havent noticed with about hundreds of posts saying so. Collins is young, and can compliment Tait in a year at least. Maybe even less. He anchored the line that took Kansas to a BCS game. If Cherilus or Baker is available at 44, take him, if not, Collins is the man.
3a-Roy Scheuning, OG (Oregon State)--Im huge on Chilo Rachal, as are the Bears. But hes a projected a early 2nd round pick. If getting the 7th pick of the 3rd round gets him, then by all means. But as a realist, hes not going to be there. Scheuning is the next best option.
3b-Tommy Zbikowski, SS (Notre Dame)--After Phillips and Marcus Griffin, Tommy is the next best. Hes faster, quicker, and smarter looking than Adam Archuleta was coming out of college. Griffin wont fall this far, and Jamar Adams is someone the Bears have never even heard of. Tommy has worked out with the Bears privately 2 times, i think theres interest.
4-Colt Brennan, QB (Hawaii)--I thank Jiggadhu for showing the foxsports.com article about Colt's interview, and apparently both the Bears and Brennan are interested in eachother. We all know the Bears can pick prematurely, but i think they take him now. Hes bulked up from 180 to 218, so hes clearly showing hes taking the NFL seriously. Josh Johnson is a fraud, and will be no better than a Tavaris Jackson. Just remember, Curtis Enis had a good combine to.......I dont think Josh will amount to anything more than a watered down Michael Vick, and thats giving him more credit than hes due. He picked on abysmal secondaries.......If Johnson was in the Pac 10 or other big conference, he would be a bust.
5-Mike Gibson, OT (California)--Depth is always a plus. Gibson is a big body that was huge at Cal. He is the reason the QB had time to throw to Desean Jackson. Could be Tait's replacement in a couple years.
6-J Leman, LB (Illinois)--He is a beast. His stock dropped so after the injury. He could be a fantastic fill-in down the road.
7a-Jason Rivers, WR (Hawaii)--Colt will need a friend to talk to, and another target to throw to when he gets his shot. I love Davonne Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullen but i dont think they will fall this far. Rivers is 6'2 and runs a 4.49 40 time, and will definitely help more than Brandon Rideau or Mike Hass ever will.
7b-Jehu Caulcrick, RB/FB (Michigan State)--Has amazing power/speed combo. Could push Jason McKie for a starting spot in a year or two......Could be a great late round steal.
7c-Marcus Coleman, C (Wisconsin)--Olin Kreutz is old, Patrick Manelly is older. Time to groom a successor in a couple years or so. The Big 10 is very well known for O linemen, and Coleman could be a steal.
7d-Pierre Garcon, WR (Mount Union)--Another WR project. He a D3 stud who has unbelievable speed and hands. Is a taller version of Wes Welker. Could be a great slot man for some years. Again, Rideau and Hass wont see light of day, much like David Ball didnt.
Bring on the comments......keep it clean
Posted on: March 22, 2008 4:39 pm
Some things have happened that have made me change up a couple of things. here is what i think will happen, not what i want to happen.....
1-Rashard Mendenhall-RB, Illinois--Bears take the best available here. The OT class is better than average, but after Clady and Long, the next 7 or so OT are the same level. Bears pay who's worth it, expect Benson or AP to be cut, or traded. I think Garrett Wolfe will stay.
2-Carl Nicks-OT, Nebraska--One of the next in the group of Cherilus, Baker, Otah and Williams. The four just mentioned will probably be gone at 44, so Nicks is the next best. He has great size and speed for an OT.
3a-Roy Shuening-OG, Oregon State--There's no saying if Beekman will be a starter. Whether he is or not, depth is always a +.
3b-Tom Zbikowski-S, Notre Dame--Best Safety available at this point. Hometown favorite, and has apparently already worked out with the Bears twice.
4-Colt Brennan-QB, Hawaii--The 4th round or so is when teams start eating up the remaining half decent QBs. Brennan is better than Josh Johnson and Kevin O'Connell at this point.
5-Davonne Bess-WR-Hawaii--He should pick up where Berrian left off. Hes a speed WR, with great hands, which Berrian didnt have. Can be deep threat and slot. If Lloyd doesnt pan out, Bess will be the man.
6-Mike Gibson-OT, California--The Bears need depth for the abysmal OLine. Gibson is very underrated, because coming from Cal, Desean Jackson gets all of the credit.......This guy gave the QB enough time to throw to Jackson, i like him.
7-John Masters-C, Michigan State--Olin Kreutz is 32, dont even ask how old Patrick Mannely is. Time to groom a younger guy.
Supplemental pick(6 or 7th round)--Jehu Caulcrick-RB/FB, Michigan State--Very good runner. Looks like a power back, blocks like a power back, hits like a power back, but is speedy. Should challenge Jason McKie for the starting spot.
Posted on: March 5, 2008 3:04 pm
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