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Bears could move up for safety help

N. Allen.jpgThe Bears don’t have a pick in the first two rounds of this year’s draft, but Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune passes along buzz that the team could trade up for safety help.

Lovie Smith recently visit South Florida safety Nate Allen’s Pro Day, and Biggs writes Smith doesn’t hit the road looking at prospects just for the sake of a smokescreen.

Many draft analysts think Allen could go in the first round. There’s almost no chance he will be available when the Bears pick in the third roun.

Trading up for a safety would qualify as the ultimate need-based desperation move.  The Bears would likely have to mortgage away a pick next year to acquire what should be a cheap position to fill.

Then again, Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo’s moves this offseason don’t exactly indicate they are looking far past 2010.

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25 Responses to “Bears could move up for safety help”
  1. hizzle1281 says: Apr 1, 2010 12:46 PM

    They should trade for Jared Page

  2. Mangy66 says: Apr 1, 2010 12:46 PM

    They can move up to #4 and we’ll gladly trade down. They can get Eric Barry, and we’ll stockpile offensive linemen like the kid from Indiana.

  3. dogma1 says: Apr 1, 2010 12:53 PM

    Bears will go 5-11 in 2010

  4. TheRealARod says: Apr 1, 2010 12:55 PM

    Why do you say that saftey “should be a cheap position to fill?” It seems like you are trying to say a saftey is not as important as many other positions. A football team is exactly that, a team, and any weak link can make the team not run to maximum efficiency. If the Bears feel that they need a saftey to help push their defense over the top then they should get one. I just feel that if this article was about a linebacker or a wide reciever nobody would have a problem with the Bears giving up a future pick to aquire help that the team needs. It is time that people start respecting the saftey position as an equal part of the team.

  5. MyronB says: Apr 1, 2010 1:00 PM

    Wrong. It’s widely understood among people who follow the draft that the only safeties who are likely to be selected in the first round this year are Eric Berry and Earl Thomas.
    Nate Allen is among the second tier of safeties who could be available anywhere from the second round to the fourth round.

  6. Jeff says: Apr 1, 2010 1:06 PM

    Thank you Bears for taking Josh Bullocks from us and helping us get Darren Sharper. Jerry Angelo deserves one of our rings for that.

  7. joshmcdanielsisthedevil says: Apr 1, 2010 1:11 PM

    Jerry Angelo loves safeties who take heads off but can’t play the position. See Bobby Gray, Brandon McGowan and Kevin Payne.

  8. Harm City Homer says: Apr 1, 2010 1:13 PM

    It is never wrong to trade up for a guy you scouted, really like and fits a need. It is a bad idea to reach for a position of need when it is your turn to pick, but never wrong to trade ahead of some team you think will take your player you feel you need.

  9. irishgary says: Apr 1, 2010 1:18 PM

    @Mangy66
    Please explain how they will get to #4?
    The Bears will be as bad as the Lions in the coming years.

  10. Mangy66 says: Apr 1, 2010 1:35 PM

    MyronB says:
    April 1, 2010 1:00 PM
    Wrong. It’s widely understood among people who follow the draft that the only safeties who are likely to be selected in the first round this year are Eric Berry and Earl Thomas.
    ———————
    I can see Earl Thomas ending up in San Fran…and not as a safety. Earl Thomas may also be considered the #2 CB in this draft.
    Oh boy…here come the “You’re an idiot” insults.

  11. simple_simon1 says: Apr 1, 2010 1:36 PM

    TheRealARod:
    “Why do you say that saftey “should be a cheap position to fill?” It seems like you are trying to say a saftey is not as important as many other positions.”
    Because safeties don’t make WR, QB or LB type money unless they are exceptional at the position. If they were to trade up for a safety it would scream of desperation as then, for the same overall price, you could have taken a proven vet through free agency. It has nothing to do with the position not being important. It has to do with losing draft picks for a second consecutive year to land a person who is both unproven and not even top 2 at the position. Big price for a guy that might not start on many teams in the NFL.

  12. RossyRoss says: Apr 1, 2010 1:38 PM

    God the Bears a joke of an organization.

  13. sevenwords says: Apr 1, 2010 1:44 PM

    Bears should grab Donte Whitner from the Bills. There’s speculation he could be traded with the emergence of Bryan Scott and Jairus Byrd.

  14. ChicagoJo says: Apr 1, 2010 1:50 PM

    @Jeff You’re damned right, Sharper was on the open market and the Bears passed on him before he signed with Bullocks, who had already been released by the Saints. Then the Bears signed him and sadly he was the best we had at free by the end of the year. Truly pathetic, but kudos to your D… Saints offense was always good but the balance this year is what put them over the top
    @dogma1 Randomly calling a record with no insight or comments on the article or comment thread is pretty mundane, don’t you think? Definitely not the worst posts on this website, but I just don’t see why you’d bother.
    @TheRealARod I couldn’t agree with you more. It would’ve been nice to draft a guy and pay him cheaply but we are where we are, and there’s a black hole in our secondary. I hate how they commit so much to signing free agents then penny pinch the rest of the way, including cutting Brown and not signing a safety.
    Really though, doesn’t it make more sense just to sign Otogwe and forfeit this years 4th rounder?

  15. toonster says: Apr 1, 2010 1:51 PM

    myronb – that’s not exactly true. there’s a decent chance that either taylor mays or nate allen could go late first. both guys will probably be off early 2nd, so the idea that another safety could go in the first isn’t unreasonable. after all, in mays (who I’m not a fan of), you have a rare athlete, and NFL coaches often think they can coach a kid up with that level of athleticism. In Allen, you have someone similar to Earl Thomas – he’s not as athletic, but he’s got a better frame.

  16. toonster says: Apr 1, 2010 2:01 PM

    mangy – it’s not that crazy, but i think teams are going to draft earl thomas as a safety if they draft him in the top 15. He’s just too valuable there in this day and age. He has the best instincts in the draft at the safety position, and in this day of spread attacks, his ability to man up on the edge gives DC’s desirable versatility. The Niners also need safety help, and the value of CB’s this year is likely in that 2nd/3rd range, so they could probably pick up two DB’s in the first few rounds to address the secondary).
    sevenwords – Whitner doesn’t really fit what the Bears need, which is a guy with good cover instincts. He’s athletic, but his cover instincts aren’t there for a free safety. At SS, perhaps, but the Bears have enough strong safety types with Kevin Payne, Al Afalava, Craig Steltz, and talk of moving Danieal Manning there.

  17. dnmcgreevy says: Apr 1, 2010 2:11 PM

    Mr. Olsen, welcome to the Patriots. You’ll be assuming a role as a legitimate target that takes the heat off Moss and Welker/Edleman…while putting the mystery back into the bubble screen.
    Lovie, here’s your draft pick.

  18. Piro says: Apr 1, 2010 2:19 PM

    Myron Rolle, anyone?

  19. toonster says: Apr 1, 2010 2:25 PM

    I tend to think that it’s more likely that the Patriots pick up Desmond Clark when he is waved. I really don’t anticipate the Bears dealing Olsen. If they move up, it’s likely to get into the 2nd round (maybe for someone like Morgan Burnett) by mortgaging the 2nd rounder next year. That’s my guess anyways.

  20. last starfighter says: Apr 1, 2010 2:28 PM

    That team is going to be a big time train wreck this season. They upgraded at one end and third down rb, and then got weaker everywhere else with little hope of help coming through the draft

  21. kappa08 says: Apr 1, 2010 3:08 PM

    I still can’t believe they traded us a second round for the late Gaines Adams…that was a brilliant play by the Bucs….

  22. Little Tommy says: Apr 1, 2010 3:27 PM

    Then again, Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo’s moves this offseason don’t exactly indicate they are looking far past 2010.
    **********************************************
    I sincerely hope 2010 is it for both of these geniuses!

  23. Lumsden54 says: Apr 1, 2010 3:39 PM

    they sit where they are and draft Myron Rolle

  24. killabee says: Apr 1, 2010 3:45 PM

    I love how the Bears have been preaching a “build through the draft” philosophy the last few years and all of a sudden they’re desperate to win in 2010 and will mortgage the farm to do so.
    I love the Bears but I hope they lose just enough this year to get Lovie and Jerry Angelo fired. 8-8 should do it.

  25. vanhelsing says: Apr 1, 2010 9:14 PM

    roun and roun gregg, roun and roun

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