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Draft review: Chicago Bears

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The Bears decided that they needed a new coach, despite winning 10 games.  To win more, they need better players.  Here’s a look at their effort to find some in the draft.

What they needed:  Linebacker, offensive line, quarterback, tight end, defensive end.

Who they got:
Round 1: Kyle Long, G, Oregon.
Round 2: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida.
Round 4: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers.
Round 5: Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech.
Round 6: Cornellius Washington, OLB, Georgia.
Round 7: Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington St.

Where they hit:  See ya later, Brian Urlacher.  If the door for a return by the 2000 first-round pick was open a crack, it’s now slammed shut, thanks to the arrival of Bostic in round two.  Arguably a bit of a reach with the 50th overall pick, Bostic fills the most glaring need on the roster.  Two outside linebackers — Greene and Washington (who may end up at defensive end) — will help fill the void created by the departure of Nick Roach, and lay the foundation for the eventual end of the Lance Briggs era.  The selection of two offensive linemen, including the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, shows that the Bears finally are serious about improving their blocking.

Where they missed:  Every new coach wants his own quarterback, and the Bears should have burned a mid-late round pick on one of the signal-callers who slid.  Marc Trestman needs to develop a youngster, if only to provide the Bears with some leverage against Jay Cutler’s looming contractual demands.  Wilson is a red-flag pick in round seven, given that he walked out on the Washington State team and accused coach Mike Leach’s staff of being abusive.

Impact rookies:  Bostic will be penciled in as the starting middle linebacker, and Long will be expected to become one of the starting five linemen.  For Bostic, he’ll be trying to fill much bigger shoes than Long, who has a low O-line bar to clear in order to be regarded a Chicago success.

Long-term prospects:  Between free agency and the draft, the Bears have made a major commitment to improving the offensive line.  The defensive line may need similar attention by next year.  For now, though, the future looks bright for a team that isn’t too far away from returning to the playoffs — if Cutler and Trestman click properly.  And if the offensive line can keep Cutler on one piece.

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  1. skywalker720 says: Apr 28, 2013 7:44 PM

    Washington was projected as some to be an OLB in a 3-4. However, the Bears (and Washington himself in his post draft conference call) made it clear that he’ll be playing DE for them in their 4-3.

    Hill could be an immediate starter at RT too, if J’Marcus Webb doesn’t come to camp ready to go.

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 28, 2013 7:45 PM

    Kyle Long flunked out of Florida State, which should help Bear fan meatheads relate to his intellect. I didn’t even think it was possible to flunk out of Florida State.

    This draft will make Bear fans yearn for the days of Jerry Angelo. Absolutely horrible.

  3. darkglobe1 says: Apr 28, 2013 7:55 PM

    Isn’t DJ Williams the “penciled in” starter at middle linebacker?

  4. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 28, 2013 8:02 PM

    I think the Bears offense will be better this year (it couldn’t get much worse).

    Should be 2nd in the division with 10 or 11 wins.

  5. goldkj says: Apr 28, 2013 8:09 PM

    Because teams draft players based on their GPA. Just in case they need help in their finance department or on the medical staff. Smart comment.

  6. bloomer006999999 says: Apr 28, 2013 8:14 PM

    I could care less what the Bears do on offense this year, even with Trestman running the show. It’s going to be the defense that’s gonna cost this team a couple more losses than last year … just for the fact that Lovie’s gone.

  7. chi01town says: Apr 28, 2013 8:17 PM

    If Cutler is protected the bears will win 11 or 12 games. but Trestman will have to beat greenbay or Chicago fans will want his head on a plate. and this WHOLE season is riding on the O-line

  8. hotketchup99 says: Apr 28, 2013 8:17 PM

    I believe Emery stated that Bostic will be mainly contributing on special teams until they can fully develop him to play MIKE LB. So that leads me to believe he wont be starting this year and former Denver linebacker D.J. Williams will instead

  9. mikemj says: Apr 28, 2013 8:23 PM

    I guess when you’re reviewing every team’s draft your bound to make some mistakes. Bostic penciled in at MLB? Isn’t that what they signed DJ Williams for?
    And when you’re evaluating a team’s draft you shouldn’t put too much emphasis on a 7th round pick; that’s the perfect spot to take a chance on a talented but questionable guy.

  10. inyofaceagain says: Apr 28, 2013 8:24 PM

    Sucks to win 10 games and get fired…
    They shoulda hired Mike Tice as head coach.

  11. supremecomander says: Apr 28, 2013 8:30 PM

    Florio, GM Phil Emery wanted to take a QB in the 4th rd, but like the OL run in Rd 1 and the LB run in Rd 2, the Bears found themselves out of options in Rd 4.

    Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson and Landry Jones all went in Rd 4 ahead of where the Bears were picking. I believe Emery was targeting Wilson or Landry Jones, but he ended up dipping back into the LB pool for Khaseem Greene because of the QB run.

    After Landry Jones was taken, the next QB to go was Brad Sorensen in Rd 7. So while it was a nice idea to spend a mid-rd pick on a developmental QB, in reality all of the draftable QBs were taken by Rd 4.

  12. timdavis697 says: Apr 28, 2013 9:05 PM

    Filthymcnasty you probably have no idea about Florida State at all probably flunked school yourself nobody knows how prospects are going to turn out if your a gm and you want a guy go get him im so sick of everyone saying they are reaching anybody can be a bust just like yourself so go somewhere you are wanted

  13. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 28, 2013 9:19 PM

    timdavis697 says:
    Apr 28, 2013 9:05 PM
    Filthymcnasty you probably have no idea about Florida State at all probably flunked school yourself nobody knows how prospects are going to turn out if your a gm and you want a guy go get him im so sick of everyone saying they are reaching anybody can be a bust just like yourself so go somewhere you are wanted

    —-

    I’d like to point out that Tim Davis did not use any punctuation in this post, yet had the audacity to question someone else’s education.

  14. larryboodry says: Apr 28, 2013 9:22 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 28, 2013 7:45 PM

    “Kyle Long flunked out of Florida State, which should help Bear fan meatheads relate to his intellect. I didn’t even think it was possible to flunk out of Florida State.”

    Mark Chmura had ‘innapropriate sexual contact’ with a teenage girl in his hot tub…Compared to that, Kyle Long is a genius. (And compared to you, so are most Bears fans.)

    “This draft will make Bear fans yearn for the days of Jerry Angelo. Absolutely horrible.”

    NOTHING will ever make us yearn for Jerry Angelo, and besides, had the Bears drafted the players Thompson did, you’d still be calling them horrible.

  15. larryboodry says: Apr 28, 2013 10:00 PM

    Bears signed LSU center P.J. Lonergan, who should battle Garza for the starting spot…They also signed QB Jimmy Coy, who threw for 77 TDs, 21 INTs, and 7,688 yards over the past two seasons…Great #s, if only they had come against better competition than he faced at St. Xavier.

  16. wnstonchill says: Apr 28, 2013 10:06 PM

    This was a pretty decent draft for the Bears. Much better than any in recent years for sure. Other than not getting the most value with their 1st pick, overall, Emery did a nice job filling much needed holes for this team. Emery is doing what needs to be done here. Some fan’s don’t think so because their basing their opinions on what’s popular with the media. The only area Emery fell short on was finding a cornerback for the future. There weren’t any QB’s left in the later rounds that he and coach Trestman felt comfortable with in drafting so they filled other needed holes. The 7th and last pick, Marquess Wilson (WR out of Washington State) just might be the one pick that makes Emery look like a genius when it’s all said and done. The arrow is pointing up for the Bears.

  17. dino2997 says: Apr 28, 2013 10:50 PM

    Other than the usual Packer trolls posting on here most of these comments are spot on.

    The Bears did the right thing not wasting a draft pick on a QB that’s likely not going to be better than Matt Blachard who is their current project QB.

  18. timdavis697 says: Apr 28, 2013 10:52 PM

    Audacity such a cool word if I’m close my phone correctly spells it Tokyo is a midget with little man syndrome

  19. tone360 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:33 PM

    Other than leaving Eifert on the board in round 1, I think the draft went well.

  20. ninjapleazee says: Apr 29, 2013 12:18 AM

    Nothing beats Morris Claiborne’s combine score of a whopping 4 on the wonderlic at last years combine.

  21. scoutlukeprados says: Apr 29, 2013 12:26 AM

    they hit on wilson…he’s a beast. and bostic is the perfect backer for the bears…he’ll be one of the best

  22. cfos00 says: Apr 29, 2013 12:44 AM

    Please stop trying to say the Bears needed to draft a QB. They don’t. They have Cutler and a capable back up. Cutler has been very good when he hasn’t been running for his life, and they used multiple draft picks and free agent signings to try and stop that very problem. Those are the right picks, not a mid-round QB. Fix the problem at hand, don’t try to solve the symptom (injured QB) of the problem. And it wouldn’t help in the next contract negotiation either. I highly doubt a starting QB with his win-loss ratio is really going to be threatened by a fourth round (at best) QB who never sees the field. If the Bears don’t pay him, and it would be stunning, some other QB starved team would.

    I like what they did. Emery took logical players that fit obvious needs. Our last GM thought every crappy linemen we had could be ‘coached up.’ This one seems to have both eyeballs and common sense in regards to glaring holes. Big improvement.

  23. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 29, 2013 1:47 AM

    timdavis697 says: Apr 28, 2013 9:05 PM

    Filthymcnasty you probably have no idea about Florida State at all probably flunked school yourself nobody knows how prospects are going to turn out if your a gm and you want a guy go get him im so sick of everyone saying they are reaching anybody can be a bust just like yourself so go somewhere you are wanted
    ————————————————————–
    Everyone please dig deep and donate a period or comma to those less fortunate. Also, a dictionary explaining your, and you’re and when to capitalize the letter “I” would be nice so this guy doesn’t look like a total loser when correcting someone else on the intricacies of the English language.

  24. ricardocabeza says: Apr 29, 2013 9:18 AM

    Imagine this. Jay Cutler leads the bears to three straight super bowl wins, while playing on two prosthetic limbs. He donates all his endorsement proceed to charity. In his spare time works as a clown at a children’s hospital and develops a cure for cancer. Headline on PFT: Bears draft needs, quarterback. Cutler lacks leadership, ability and he doesn’t smile enough to give Florio a nocturnal emission.

  25. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 29, 2013 9:36 AM

    Tim Davis: making everyone else seem brilliant by comparison for all 11 years of his life.

  26. thompsonway says: Apr 29, 2013 2:16 PM

    It is my understanding that Emery would not waste a pick on a QB in this draft. If he was able to move back and pick up extra picks, but that opportunity was not there.
    The interview with the scout about Washington said that he was best with his hand in the dirt, playing DE. This is leading many to believe that he will be playing DE.
    Why was my last post pulled? Other people are saying the same thing.

  27. comeonnowguys says: Apr 29, 2013 4:00 PM

    Were the accusations Wilson true? If there’s actually something to them, I don’t consider that a red flag at all.

    If they are completely unfounded, then yeah, that’s a BIG red flag.

  28. nastyn8770 says: Apr 29, 2013 8:19 PM

    Please stop trying to say the Bears needed to draft a QB. They don’t. They have Cutler and a capable back up. Cutler has been very good when he hasn’t been running for his life, and they used multiple draft picks and free agent signings to try and stop that very problem. Those are the right picks, not a mid-round QB. Fix the problem at hand, don’t try to solve the symptom (injured QB) of the problem. And it wouldn’t help in the next contract negotiation either. I highly doubt a starting QB with his win-loss ratio is really going to be threatened by a fourth round (at best) QB who never sees the field. If the Bears don’t pay him, and it would be stunning, some other QB starved team would.

    I like what they did. Emery took logical players that fit obvious needs. Our last GM thought every crappy linemen we had could be ‘coached up.’ This one seems to have both eyeballs and common sense in regards to glaring holes. Big improvement.

    Thank you!!! And I’m impressed by the lack of cutler bashing in these posts. The guy takes to much heat because he’s an emotional and fiery leader which is exactly what you want in your field general. Besides there are 20+ teams that would kill to have cut on there team. Fact! I know this assignment was supposed to be ten words or less and I humbly apologize.

  29. larryboodry says: Apr 29, 2013 10:40 PM

    For those fans who were ready to run Emery out of town after the Long pick, consider this:

    O-line last year – Webb, Spencer, Garza, Louis, and Carimi

    Potential o-line for 2013 – Bushrod, Slauson, Lonergan, Long, and Mills

    That alone is a remarkable upgrade to the roster, but then so was Martellus Bennett replacing Kellen Davis at TE, and adding Williams, Anderson, Bostic, and Greene to our once-depleted LB unit.

    Go Bears!

  30. ososrule says: May 6, 2013 8:19 PM

    How many more times are you going to use that FSU line, filthy. He’s a lineman, they’re not very smart to begin with. Desperation at it’s best……filthy , get some new material already.

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