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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
3 68 Jarron Gilbert DE/DT San Jose State #10 DE Round 3
3 99 Juaquin Iglesias WR Oklahoma #11 WR Round 3

Senior Bowl practice comment

A mixed bag.  Iglesias made some very nice catches and was getting open in the 11 on 11's.  However, he had his share of drops and at times in the one-on-ones put together too many moves in one route which won't work in NFL.

Senior Bowl Game

Iglesias had a great game.  He showed reliable hands making some very good catches.  He also got open deep, came back for underthrown balls and had good YAC.  He had an even better day than his impressive stat line since I saw him get open with a nice double move but the pass was off, and he made a nice catch but couldn't stay inbounds.
4 105 Henry Melton DE Texas #18 DE Round 5

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Melton is an intriguing prospect.  A converted running back, Melton is fairly new to defensive end.  Melton is a good athlete with good size who will be a special teams standout while he continues to develop at defensive end.
4 119 D.J. Moore CB Vanderbilt #8 CB Round 2
5 140 Johnny Knox WR Abilene Christian #14 WR Round 4

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Knox could be a steal in the draft.  He was very productive at Abilene Christian, displaying good hands and route adjustments.  Then he showed top speed during workouts.  Knox has the tools to be a good starting wide receiver in the NFL.
5 154 Marcus Freeman LB Ohio State #5 OLB Round 2

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Freeman is an overlooked linebacker in this draft.  He could end up being the best sideline-to-sideline WILL in the draft.  Freeman is fast, quick and has excellent change-of-direction skills.  Interestingly, one knock some draft analysts have on Freeman is that he lacks the strength to take on blockers.  However, he lifted the bar 30 times.   Freeman will be a star in the NFL.

Senior Bowl practice comment

Freeman had very limited face time, but looked good in pass coverage in the one-on-one drills.
6 190 Al Afalava S Oregon State #8 SS Round 5
7 246 Lance Louis OG San Diego State NR Late Round Value
7 251 Derek Kinder WR Pittsburgh NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Eric Peterman WR Northwestern NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Mike Rivera LB Kansas NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Woodny Turenne CB Louisville NR 7th/FA

 

B+

2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

Wow! A B+ with no pick until the third round.  Of course getting Jay Cutler helps their grade as well, although I'm not as high on Cutler as most.  Cutler is a bit too much of a gunslinger who is turnover-prone for my taste.  He'll win you games, but he'll also lose you some.  And the game he loses just could be a playoff game his team expects to win.  

The Bears did an excellent job of drafting for both need and value.  I particularly liked Knox and Freeman in round five.  Both were on my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them.  So was Melton, who was drafted higher than I had him graded, but only because he'll need a year or so before he can contribute.   He has terrific upside.  The only minor comment I could make is that I had some receivers with higher grades than Kinder for round seven.

As of this write-up, the Bears added three undrafted college street free agents Bear fans should monitor in camp, including Peterman, a player I had a higher grade on than Kinder.

DRAFT PICKS

Gilbert was a terrific grab at the top of round three. His workout numbers below were solid for defensive ends, but exceptional for defensive tackles, the position he is slated to play for the Bears.  Gilbert is strong, athletic, and fast for a kid his size.  He will be better penetrating against the pass than stuffing the run.  However, he will be a effective pursuing and chasing down ballcarriers.

The Bears were lucky that Butler and Turner were drafted ahead of Iglesias.  Iglesias will be a better NFL player than both of them.  Iglesias plays better than he works out, and plays better than he practices.  The kid is a gamer and will be a solid number two wideout.

While the Bears drafted Melton a round higher than where I had him graded, I completely understand the selection.  Melton started his college career as a running back so is fairly new to defensive end.  In only his second year at defensive end he showed potential getting 4 sacks and 10 tackles for losses.  Melton has excellent speed and good athleticism for the position.  However, don't expect much in year one.  In fact, I thought he was an excellent candidate to redshirt for a year on the practice squad and that was why I had him as a fifth round value.  Now he'll have to be a core special teams player while perfecting his craft.

Moore slid in the draft because he is a short corner without top end speed or quickness.  However, he has a nose for the ball, good football instincts and quick reactions.  He was excellent value in round four, although Macho Harris was also on the board and he is a player a like a bit more than Moore.

Knox is the second player (Melton) the Bears drafted who was on my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them.  Knox can fly and has good quickness and good hands.  I also had Knox rated higher than Butler and Turner (receivers drafted higher than him).  Long term, Knox could be better than Iglesias.  He also gives the Bears another dynamic return man.

Marcus Freeman in round five will be looked at down the road as one of the major steals of the 2009 NFL draft.  He is the third player on my underrated list drafted by Chicago, and a player for whom I had a high second round grade.  In fact, Freeman was the best pure WILL in the draft.  The kid ran faster than many corners (including D.J Moore) and many receivers (was 0.01 behind Iglesias), has terrific quickness and change-of direction skills (see his short shuttle and three-cone numbers), and is very strong.  Freeman battled injuries his senior year which accounts for him being available for the Bears in round five, but proved in his junior year (and supported by his workout numbers) that he was a sideline-to-sideline tackle hound with the strength to get off blocks and pack a wallop when he hits someone.

Afalava was one of the best athletes available in the draft.  Initially, he will be a terror on special teams.  Down the line he could be a good starting strong safety.

Louis proved to be one of the better workout warriors in the draft.  At 30 pounds, he ran 4.76 forty.  He also lifted the bar 30 times.  One concern is his lack of change-of-direction agility, but hey, as a developmental sixth round pick he has potential.

Kinder will have a hard time sticking with Iglesias and Knox also added during the draft.  Kinder is more quick than fast and not an extremely explosive athlete.  I had receivers like Underwood of Rutgers, Riley of Duke, and Means of Indiana and small school prospects Guice and Chery more highly rated than Kinder.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Peterman is a very similar player to Kinder.  I had him rated slightly higher than Kinder because he is faster.  He will have his hands full trying to make the team but is a candidate for their practice squad.

Rivera is an outside linebacker who will be best served hitting the weight room and moving inside.  He has excellent quickness and good enough speed and athleticism to grow into a solid reserve.

Turenne is a corner with similar numbers, but not the same on-field instincts of D. J. Moore.  However, if he shows well in camp he could find a spot on the Bears' development squad.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Gilbert Jarron S Jose St 6.5.2" 288 XL-XL 28 4.81 1.69 2.70 4.58 - 7.70 35.5" 9'11"
Iglesias Juaquin Oklahoma 6'0.7" 210 S-L - 4.50 1.56 2.62 4.40 - - 34.5" 8'9"
Melton Henry Texas 6'3.5" 269  - - 4.64 1.58 2.70 4.45  - 7.64 34.5" 10'1"
Moore DJ Vanderbilt 5'8.7" 192 S-S 17 4.54 1.54 2.62 4.28  - 7.00 39.5" 9'10"
Knox Johnny A Christian 5'11.4" 185 S-M - 4.25 1.47 2.53 4.15 - 6.81 35" 10'2"
Freeman Marcus Ohio State 6'0.5" 239 M-M 30 4.51 1.55 2.59 4.08  - 6.66 37" 9'5"
Afalava Al Oregon 5'10.7" 207 - 25 4.47 1.52 2.57 4.07 - 6.60 40" 10'5"
Louis Lance San Diego St 6'2.3" 303 - 30 4.76 1.62 2.79 4.71 - 8.03 30" 8'8"
Kinder Derek Pittsburgh 6'0.1" 202 - 12 4.54 1.55 2.62 4.10 - 6.64 36.5" 9'1"
Peterman Eric N-Western 6'0.1" 201 - 14 4.45 1.56 2.51 4.08 - 6.58 31" 9'10"
Rivera Mike Kansas 6'2.1" 245 - 14 4.63 1.58 2.64 4.08 - 6.67 38.5" 9'10"
Turenne Woodny Louisville 5'11.3" 183 - 12 4.49 1.51 2.60 4.39 - 6.93 32.5" 10'0"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB Orton played okay, but it is still questionable if he is the long term answer in Chicago.  Grossman is an UFA so look for the Bears to bring in a veteran to compete with Orton.  They could also add a rookie in the draft to at worst, compete with Hanie for the number three role, at best be an alternative to Orton down the line.
RB Forte was a player who was on my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them.  He got off to a great start and should be a top back in the league for years.  Jones and Peterson are reliable backups but Jones is an UFA who may look for a team where he could get more playing time.  Look for the Bears to bring in a young player to compete to be Forte's primary backup.
WR Time to tear it down and start again.  Hester played well in spots and could develop further,  but is best served as a #3 and return man.  He was a better punt returner when he played less on offense.  Lloyd is an UFA who may be out of chances to compete for serious playing time with any team.  Booker is past his prime.  As I noted in my report card, Bennett was an okay pick, but I liked Hawkins and Caldwell better.  I don't see Bennett as long term top starter in the league.  Davis should also be a role player, not a starter. 
TE It 's be time for Olsen to be the full time starter.  Clark is still effective but is an UFA and could land in a better spot for himself than Chicago.  Davis is a big target and better receiving tight end than blocker.  Look for the team to add a blocking tight end.
OL The teams line should be strong on the left side, fine at center, and adequate on the right side.  If the Bears' line is the same as last year they'll be okay, but an upgrade is possible at right guard and right tackle.
DL This is a solid unit than can play great play from time to time when Harris is motivated and healthy.  Still, the team could use a dominate pass rusher to replace Brown.  
LB Briggs is a great player.  Urlacher is now just good.  A young middle linebacker could be added in the draft.  Roach is okay at SAM, but an upgrade is possible.
DB The Bears secondary is a mixed bag.  Tillman is a solid and sometimes unappreciated corner.  Graham played well but Chicago will most likely bring in a corner to challenge him, with the loser taking over the nickel from Manning who will probably be best served moving back to free safety.  However, he'll have to beat out Steltz.  Speaking of free safeties, Brown is a solid pro but gets injured too often and it may be time for the team to move on from him permanently.  Payne, a keeper, is an emerging talent at strong safety. 
ST The Bears special teams are in good hands.  There should be few complaints with Gould, Maynard, Hester and Manning

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 14 Chris Williams OT 6'6" 315 Vanderbilt #3 OT Round 1
2 44 Matt Forte RB 6'1.3" 217 Tulane #5 RB Round 2

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

If I were a GM and needed a full time starting running back, I would skip drafting any running back not named McFadden in round one and draft Forte in round two.  He is going to be a top NFL starter.  He runs tough, has more speed than originally believed, and catches the ball very well.  He is the total package.  Unfortunately, we may have to wait a bit to see it because he could be drafted as a backup to an established starter.  
3 70 Earl Bennett WR 5'11.4" 209 Vanderbilt #14 WR Round 3
3 90 Marcus Harrison DT 6'2.6" 317 Arkansas #11 DT Round 3/Round 4
4 120 Craig Steltz SS/FS 6'1.3" 213 LSU #4 SS Round 4
5 142 Zackary Bowman CB/FS/Ret 6'0.1" 197 Nebraska #17 CB Round 4
5 148 Kellen Davis TE 6'6.4" 262 Michigan St #6 TE Round 3/Round 4
7 208 Ervin Baldwin DE 6'2" 258 Michigan St   Free Agent
7 222 Chester Adams OG 6'4" 331 Georgia   Free Agent
7 243 Joey LaRocque OLB 6'1.3" 225 Oregon St   Later Round Value/Free Agent
7 246 Kirk Barton OT 6'4.3" 310 Ohio State #13 OT Round 4
7 248 Marcus Monk WR 6'4.4" 222 Arkansas   Late Round Value
FA   Nick Hill QB 6'2.7" 219 S Illinois   Late Round Value
FA   Jocelin Clermond DE 6'1.7" 249 Pittsburgh   Late Round Value
FA   Shane Longest K 5'11" 180 Xavier   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Leslie Majors CB 5'9.5" 168 Indiana   Late Round Value/Free Agent

 

B

2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Bears addressed all major needs except quarterback in this draft.   However, that was a big whiff.  Not getting a quarterback dropped the Bears' score from B+ to B.  In fact, while for the most part I like players the Bears selected, their B is based on some opportunity costs.  I believe they could have done a bit better if they went for a quarterback in round four.  On the plus side, Matt Forte is going to be looked at as one of the best gets in this draft.  He will be a top running back in the NFL sooner rather than later.  The Bears also got excellent value on hit-or-miss prospect Kellen Davis in round five.  While I didn't understand some of their seventh round selections, Barton was a steal in that round. 

DRAFT PICKS

Williams was the right pick in round one.  He is a quality left tackle prospect who will quietly get the job done at a high level for years and years.

Forte was one of my favorite player in the draft.  I'm on record early that I didn't like Benson when he was selected and thought Thomas Jones was the better option.  I like Forte better than both of those runners.  He is tough, has deceptive speed, makes good cuts in the hole, and can catch.  What more could you could ask for?

Bennett is a solid player but I like Hawkins and Caldwell better.  Much better.  This could be a missed opportunity.  Not that Bennett won't be a contributor, but that the other two (especially Hawkins) could outplay him.  Bennett has good hand, decent speed and some quickness, but is only an average athlete.

Harrison is a big kid with good measureables and good production.  Past knee problems and off the field issues caused him to fall to this spot in the draft.  He is a talented kid who can develop into a very good run-stuffing starter.

I like Steltz.  He is quick and smart and has a nose for the ball.  However, this is where I would have grabbed quarterback John David Booty.  He is NFL-ready and could have been an option this year.  As a fourth round pick if he peaked at as a long-term quality backup, that would have been fine.  In addition, strong safety Barrett is a player I liked more than most (and more than Steltz), and he would have been available for the Bears with either of their first two picks in round seven.  In addition, safeties Roach and Silva went undrafted and were better values than all players drafted by the Bears in round seven except Barton. 

Bowman has the potential to develop into a quality cornerback.  He has good size and is more fast than quick so is better on the outside than lining up against quick slot receivers.  He also has good return skills, but that may not be seen with the Bears.

Tight end Kellen Davis was an excellent fifth round pick.  He is a big target, has the speed to get deep and has good athleticism.  So why wasn't he drafted higher?  He never put it all together to become the dominate player his skill set dictated he should.  With Greg Olsen on hand, Davis will not have to be counted on as a starter.  However, he could provide them with a very intriguing two tight end offense since he has the speed to split wide, and could give them a big goal line target.

Baldwin was not a player on my radar.  He could develop into a situational pass rusher.  He could not.  He looks like a practice squad candidate.

Adams played tackle in college but will kick inside to guard for the Bears.  He had durability problems in college and is another practice squad candidate.

After being drafted by Chicago, I took a second look at LaRocque and liked what I saw.  I think this kid has a chance to make the team and develop into a quality special teams player and backup linebacker.  He has good speed, is quick and athletic and was very productive at Oregon State both making plays (tackles) and, at times, rushing the passer (sacks).

Barton was a steal in the seventh round.  He is athletic, quick, and four year starter in a top program at Ohio State.  He is a bit stiff at times, but, worst case, he will be a quality backup.  A great pick by the Bears.

Monk has good size and speed as is an ideal practice squad candidate.  He isn't ready now, but could be in a couple of years.  A player I liked a lot who went undrafted and may have a bit more upside than Monk was Jabari Arthur.  He isn't as fast but has good size, great hands and appears to be a natural at the position.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Hill could push for a roster spot.  He completed over 70% of his passes his senior year.  He is a good rhythm passer but needs work on his delivery and technique.  He is also better in the short and medium zones than throwing the bomb.

Clermond proved to be less athletic in workouts than he appeared to be on film.  However, he made plays both against the run and rushing the passer at Pittsburgh and is worth a shot as a free agent.

Longest was one of my top five kickers in the draft but will be showcasing for other teams with Gould on board for the Bears.

Majors is an example of a player who is too small, just not quite fast enough, just not quite quick enough, not just quite athletic enough, who finds a way to get it done.  He may be the type of player who will give coaches confidence he can fill in if okay if he needs to be activated from the practice squad.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Williams Chris VANDERBILT 6'6" 315 21 5.17 1.78 2.98 4.85 NA 7.95 25" 8'7"
Forte Matt TULANE 6'1.3" 217 23 4.46 1.49 2.55 4.23 11.49 6.84 33" 9'10"
Bennett Earl VANDERBILT 5'11.4" 209 15 4.48 1.51 2.56 4.22 NA 7.15 32" 9'2"
Harrison Marcus ARKANSAS 6'2.6" 317 26 5.06 1.71 2.91 4.54 NA 7.55 29" 9'0"
Steltz Craig LSU 6'1.3" 213 10 4.63 NA NA 4.19 NA 7.09 35" 9'10"
Bowman Zackary NEBRASKA 6'0.1" 197 18 4.39 1.46 2.51 4.21 NA 7.10 32" 10'5"
Davis Kellen MICHIGAN ST 6'6.4" 262 22 4.58 1.59 2.68 4.38 NA 7.25 34" 9'10"
Baldwin Eric MICHIGAN ST 6'2" 258 NA 4.62 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Adams Chester GEORGIA 6'4" 331 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
LaRocque Joey OREGON ST 6'1.3" 225 18 4.57 NA NA 4.06 NA 7.03 37" 9'8"
Barton Kirk OHIO ST 6'4.3" 310 34 5.01 1.71 2.87 4.59 NA 7.67 31.5" 8'4"
Monk Marcus Arkansas 6'4.4" 222 9 4.41 1.60 2.69 4.30 NA 7.08 36" 10'2"
Hill Nick S IILLINOIS 6'2.7" 219 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Clermond Jocelin PITTSBURGH 6'1.7" 249 22 4.94 1.67 2.80 4.46 NA 7.18 31.5" 8'11"
Majors Leslie INDIANA 5'9.5" 168 11 4.49 1.56 2.59 4.37 NA 7.11 33" 10'1"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

CHI          Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  The Bears' quarterback of the future is not currently on their roster.  In fact, it can be argued that neither is their quarterback of the present.
RB  It's time to admit that Benson is not a future NFL star running back.  Peterson is solid, but is a backup.  This team needs to get a runner capable of starting in free agency or the draft.
WR  Berrian is a free agent.  Muhammad is on the decline.  Hester and Bradley have speed and potential, but Hester is still learning the position, and Bradley cannot stay healthy.  Davis is a good backup.  This team needs to bring in a receiver who can contribute immediately.
TE A solid pro who responded with a good year when the team brought in a hot shot rookie; a hot shot rookie who gave no reason to doubt he'll be very good; and a third tight end who can block make this a deep and talented unit.
OL  This unit is aging.  The Bears need a tackle.  Preferably a left tackle, with Tait moving to the right side, but if not a left tackle, then a right tackle.  The team could also use a left guard.  Beekman may be the answer, he may not.  Even if he is a guard to challenge Garza wouldn't be a bad idea.
DL The Bears have good players along their line.  A tackle for depth and as insurance in case Walker is let go and Dvoracek doesn't come back strong from injury, should be added.
LB Briggs is likely to be gone and the Bears are happy with Jamar Williams as his replacement.  Since the Bears do need to bring in some backup linebackers, personally my priority would be a WILL just in case.
DB The Bears have quality corners in Vasher, Tillman, Manning Jr., and McBride.  Safety is a different story.  Brown can't stay healthy, D. Manning is inconsistent, but young enough to improve, and McGowan is a hitter who needs to improve in coverage.  Since Brown can't be counted on, upgrades could be looked for at safety.
ST All is fine in the Bears' kicking and return games.

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 31 Olsen, Greg TE 6-4 252 Miami (Fla.) # 1 TE Round 1
2 62 Bazuin, Dan DE 6-3 265 Central Michigan # 8 DE Round 3
3 93 Wolfe, Garrett RB 5-7 177 Northern Illinois Late Round Value
3 94 Okwo, Michael ILB 5-11 232 Stanford Late Round Value
4 130 Beekman, Josh G 6-2 321 Boston College # 4 OG Round 2
5 167 Payne, Kevin FS 6-0 216 Louisiana-Monroe # 6 SS, #7 FS Round 4
5 168 Graham, Corey CB 6-0 195 New Hampshire Late Round Value
7 221 McBride, Trumaine CB 5-9 185 Mississippi Late Round Value
7 241 Brant, Aaron OT 6-7 313 Iowa State Late Round Value
FA Allen, Josh RB 5-11 220 Maryland Off My Board
FA Fassitt, Greg CB 6-0 189 Grambling Late Round Value
FA James, Drisan WR 6-0 188 Boise State Late Round Value
FA Leak, Chris QB 6-0 209 Florida Late Round Value
FA Shanle, Andrew FS 6-1 212 Nebraska Late Round Value

 

C

2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Bears added some solid players, got excellent value on day two with Beekman and Payne, but valued Wolfe and Okwo more than me.  As far as college street free agents, while no player jumps out as a sure thing, they did add a couple of interesting prospects.

While I cannot argue with the selection of Olsen because he was the best tight end in the draft, is very good value at the spot in which he was drafted, is an upgrade at the position, and could help Grossman's development, I would have done things differently.  I know the Chargers offered great value for the second round pick the Bears' received from the Jets in the Thomas Jones trade, however, I would have avoided temptation and drafted Posluszny in round one to replace Briggs this year or next, and taken my chances on Olsen falling to me in that spot on round two. If Miller was off the board, then I would have made the trade.  Even as the draft unfolded, I would have drafted Posluszny in round one and taken a chance later on a tight end like Ben Patrick, who was available late in the draft.  I like Bazuin and do not consider drafting him late in round two a reach.  He is a pass rushing defensive end with the ability to be a plus player against the run.  With Brown approaching free agency, Bazuin (along with Anderson) means that the Bears will not have to overpay Brown.  Bazuin and Anderson are a nice young pair of defensive ends.  I have two comments about Wolfe.  The first is that round three was higher than where I had him rated.  The success of the Jones-Drew, who is a short back like Wolfe may have resulted in him being drafted higher than where I had him graded.  However, Wolfe is not built like Jones-Drew, who is a short man, not a small man.  Wolfe is small, albeit strong for his size. He reminds me more of Darrin Sproles than Jones-Drew.   That sais, he will be a good change-of-pace, and third-down back.  That brings me to my second comment.  I don't have confidence that Benson can be a full time stud runner.  Therefore, I would have drafted a change-of-pace back who could carry more of a load than Wolfe if needed.  My selection here, without hesitation, would have been Antonio Pittman.  Pittman, my #3 rated running back in the draft, would have offered a nice compliment to Benson, and will develop into a very good starting NFL running back (although in New Orleans, playing behind Bush and McAllister it may be awhile before I'm proven right).   Okwo is the third player who the Bears like more than me in this write-up (Wolfe and Benson are the other two).  Okwo has good speed, quickness, and athleticism, but only started 5 games at Stanford (not exactly a football power) prior to his senior year.  He did, however, have a nice senior year.  However, outside of drafting a player like Rufus Alexander (who had a disappointing workout) on day two, the Bears' option for a Briggs replacement were limited by this point in the draft.  Beekman was steal in round four.  I had a solid second round grade on the kid.  He is not, and will not be a star.  However, he is the type of player you can plug into your line, get solid play, and not have to worry about the position (unless you find a stud).  Payne was another good pick.  With Archuleta on board, Payne will have time to learn.  A former running back, Payne is strong and loves to hit and will be a very good special teams player.  Payne needs some time, but the Bears can give him that time, and he could be a very good NFL starter in three years.  Graham has good height and speed for a cornerback and showed good coverage skills, a willingness to play the run, and a nose for the ball at New Hampshire.  That is a good combination, and Graham is worth a shot on day two as a developmental cornerback.   McBride will push for a roster spot.  He is a hard nosed player whose upside is as a nickel corner.  However, he will be a better special teams player than Graham.  If there is only one roster spot available for Graham and McBride; it wouldn't surprise me if McBride makes the active roster and Graham is placed on the practice squad since McBride can help more now, but Graham has more upside potential.  Brant could develop into a versatile sub who can backup at both tackle and guard.  He has good size and athleticism but needs work in the weight room and on his technique.

The Bears' college street free agents of note include running back Josh Allen, a player who was off my draft board, but will get a long look in early exhibition games so will have a chance to impress.  Allen, a strong inside runner,  had a good sophomore year in college before slumping his junior year and then injuring his knee before what was suppose to be his senior year.  After a year off he came back as a sub, and with this being his second year after his knee injury, could surprise in camp.  Fassitt could be a surprise entry in the backup cornerback competition in Bears' camp.  He has tremendous speed, quickness, and athleticism, and is a strong kid.  He could push Corey Graham.  James got lost in a deep wide receiver draft.  He has good speed and is a good athlete.  A bit underrated, he was a good free agent signing by the Bears.  If he doesn't win a job on a team with other deep threats at receiver, look for him to make the Bears' practice squad.  If quarterback Chris Leak was 6'3", he could push to be a quality starting quarterback.  As it stands he is the perfect #3 QB for a team not keeping their future #1 in that roster spot.  I can see Leak entering a game after an injury and playing very well (he has an excellent arm and is accurate) against a team that hasn't game planned to exploit his small size.  Shanle was another good signing by the Bears.  He is a steady player who has a nose for the ball and can blitz from his safety position, and is a much better athlete than many originally thought.  In fact, has one of the best combinations of size, speed, quickness, strength and athleticism of all free safeties available in the draft.  He could puch Payne for a roster spot and is a candidate for the Bears' development squad.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
OLSEN GREG MIAMI-FL

TE

6'5.7" 254 23 4.51 1.59 2.59 4.41   7.04 37.5" 9'11"
Olsen is the best tight end in the draft.  He has excellent speed, good strength, and superb hands.  He will be able to stretch the field and catch the ball over the middle.  His one deficiency is blocking, but he has the size and strength to develop into a capable blocker.

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BAZUIN DAN CENTRAL MICHIGAN DE/LB 6'2.7" 266 25 4.77 1.59 2.75 4.52   6.97 30" 9'7"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Some may see Bazuin as an outside linebacker in a 3-4.  I see him as a pass rushing defensive end, although he has the athleticism to play inside linebacker in a scheme like the Pats 3-4.  Bazuin was the best defensive player in the East West Shrine Game.  He has natural pass rush skills and is relentless in pursuit.

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WOLFE GARRETT NORTHERN ILLINOIS

RB

5'7.4" 186 22 4.39 1.46 2.51 4.08   6.69 35.5" 9'4"
Wolfe is a very fast, quick, productive small school, small back.  He projects as a change-of-pace, third down back with big-play ability.  While small, Wolfe is strong so he should be able to hold up as a blocker on third downs.  However, his size will limit his potential to be a featured back.

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OKWO MICHAEL STANFORD ILB/OLB 5'11.3" 232 20 4.65 1.54 2.66 4.43   7.12 35.5" 10'1"
Okwo played inside at Stanford but may be better at the WILL in the NFL because of his lack of height.  He has good speed, quickness and athleticism but had only one year where he was a team leader in tackles.  That, however, was his senior year which will help his draft status.  Prior to his senior year, Okwo only started 5 games for a program that is not exactly a football power.  Okwo will be worth a long look on day two of the draft.

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BEEKMAN JOSHUA BOSTON COL OG 6'1.5" 313 24 5.36 1.81 3.06 4.81   8.24 25.5" 7'9"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Beekman is the classic player who looks good on the field, but doesn't workout well.  However, for the right team (he is not ideal for a zone blocking team) he could be a long term answer at guard.  Beekman will probably be drafted lower than where I have him graded, but he will be a solid NFL player.

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PAYNE KEVIN LOUISIANA-MONROE SS/FS 6'0.2" 220 20 4.53 1.54   4.30   7.00 35" 9'0"
Payne is a strong kid with excellent size and above average speed for a strong safety.  He is best served as an in-the-box safety who loves to hit.  A former running back, Payne is still learning and could develop into a good NFL starting strong safety.  In the meantime, he will be a special teams terror while he learns his craft.

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GRAHAM COREY NEW HAMPSHIRE CB/KR 5'11.7" 190 10                
 Graham is a cornerback and return specialist from a small school who has good speed and was a willing tackler against the run.  He could stick as an extra defensive back and special teams player.

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MCBRIDE TRUMAINE MISSISSIPPI CB 5'9.1" 185 14 4.48 1.51 2.56 4.17   6.74 35.5" 10'9"
McBride is a hard nosed player who has a chance to be a good nickel corner.  He has good quickness and is a good athlete.  He will also be a very good special teams player.

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BRANT AARON IOWA ST OG/OT 6'6.7" 313 20 5.31 1.79 3.05 4.96   7.87 29.5" 9'1"
Brandt played tackle in college but may be moved to guard in the NFL due to his lack of speed and quickness.  In addition, his athleticism for a guard is plus, while it is minus for a tackle.  Brant has tools but needs work in the weight room and on technique.  He has enough potential to warrant a pick late on day two.

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ALLEN JOSH MARYLAND RB 5'10.7" 220 27 4.57 1.56 2.59 4.35   7.26 36" 9'9"
Allen is a strong inside runner who had a promising sophomore year running for almost 1,000 yards before slumping in his junior year and then sitting out what would have been his senior year with a knee injury.  He did come back this past year as a reserve running back.

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FASSITT GREG GRAMBLING CB 5'11.5" 189 16 4.36 1.48 2.50 4.12   6.98 39" 10'8"
Fassitt has all the measurables.  He is strong, fast, quick, and athletic.  He started for three years and is a worth a look in camp on his workout alone.

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JAMES DRISAN BOISE ST

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6'0" 188   4.40 1.49 2.50 4.33 11.83 7.05 39" 10'9"
James is more fast than quick and is a good athlete.  He was the deep threat for Boise State averaging almost 17 yard a catch his senior year.  He will, most likely, get lost in a deep wide receiver draft, but is worth a look for a team that needs a receiver to stretch the field.

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LEAK CHRIS FLORIDA

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5'11.7" 209   4.71 1.58 2.70 4.41   7.03 32.5"

9'5"

If only Leak were 6'3", he would have been a day one pick.  He has an excellent arm, good athleticism and is an accurate thrower.  His size will limit him to third quarterback.  However, for a team that is not using their #3 on a future starter, he could be an ideal #3.  His best role in the NFL will be to come in and play against a team that has not game-planned for him.  In that scenario he could lead his team to a victory.

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SHANLE ANDREW NEBRASKA FS 6'0.6" 212 16 4.42 1.52 2.55 4.09   6.80 38.5" 9'11"
Shanle was a solid starter his senior year at Nebraska.  He was often used to blitz from his free safety position and has a nose for the ball.   Shanle has excellent size for a safety, is strong, fast, quick, and athletic.  At a minimum he will be a terrific special teams player.  His brother Scott, is a linebacker for the Saints.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB Grossman will be given another year.  Griese is a good backup, but not more.
RB Tricky spot.  I like Jones more than Benson, but Jones could be moved to allow Benson to start.
WR Better talent than one might think because of inconsistency at QB.
TE Clark is steady, and Gilmore is a decent backup.
OL Brown is an UFA and the line is aging.
DL If Harris comes back strong, this unit is set.  However backup DTs Scott and Boone are UFAs.
LB Hillenmeyer is okay but replaceable, depth is needed.
DB The Bears are set at corner, but a stud safety could be added as insurance against Brown's next injury.
ST A solid unit top to bottom.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Chicago
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
2 42 Manning, Danieal SS 5-11 201 Abilene Christian # 15 CB, #9 FS Round 4
2 57 Hester, Devin WR 5-11 189 Miami (Fla.) # 13 CB, L.R.V. WR Round 3
3 73 Dvoracek, Dusty DT 6-3 305 Oklahoma # 8 DT Round 2
4 120 Williams, Jamar ILB 6-0 250 Arizona State Late Round Value > Round 4
5 159 Anderson, Mark DE 6-4 258 Alabama # 6 DE Round 2
6 195 Runnels, J.D. FB 5-11 235 Oklahoma   > Round 4
6 200 Reed, Tyler G 6-4 315 Penn State   > Round 4
  FA Pope, P.J. RB 5-10 218 Bowling Green Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Day, Tim TE 6-4 256 Oregon # 7 TE Round 3
  FA Wallace, Cooper TE 6-2 260 Auburn Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA LeVoir, Mark OT 6-7 316 Notre Dame Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Byrum, Dion CB 5-11 190 Ohio #10 CB Round 3
  FA Slay, Dwayne SS 6-4 216 Texas Tech # 8 SS Round 4
  FA Huston, Josh K 6-1 190 Ohio State # 3 K Round 7

 

C+

2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Bears traded out of round one, and then reached with both of their second round selections.  They also reached a bit in round four, but got good value in round three, and great value with Anderson in round five.

While Manning was climbing up draft boards, this was too high to select him.  If the Browns are looking at him as Mike Brown insurance, that could be a mistake because I don't see him as a strong safety.  Therefore, as a corner, I liked Marshall much better.  As a free safety/corner hybrid, I liked Griffin much better.  Both were available at the Bears' spot in the draft.  As a strong safety, the Bears could have drafted Bing or Pollard.  At free safety, I had higher grades for both Smith and Simpson.  That said, Manning should still be a productive NFL player.  With their second selection in round two the Bears' selected Hester.  I had a third round grade on him, but he was the best return man in the draft so I can't argue with that selection.  Hester will be a weapon on special teams for the Bears and can fill in as an extra receiver or extra defensive back.  While their round two selections were reaches, Dvoracek represented good value in round three. I had a second round grade on him, and feel he is right there in talent with McCargo, the DT that the Bills traded up with the Bears to get in round one.  Dvoracek will pick up the slack due to Tank Johnson's injury.  However, he is better than that.  Dvoracek has the skills to be an extremely productive  NFL starter.  Jamar Williams was not a bad pick.  He has the flexibility to play both inside and outside but won't be more than a backup and special teams player for the Bears.  He is a good kid who is a hard worker, and a leader, and will be an asset to the team.  However, I would have drafted TE Klopfenstein with the Bears' first pick in round two, and then SS Landry or FS Watkins in round four.  Anderson in round five was a great pick.  I'll say that once more; a great pick.  He was a steal.  Anderson is an excellent pass rusher, and has the frame to get bigger to be just as effective against the run.  Look for him to break into the rotation at end this year.  Runnels is a run-blocking fullback, with decent hands.  He was a player I had doubts would be drafted.  After taking a second look, Reed is a player I like.  He was considered a tough, smart player with limited athletic ability, then he had a solid workout.  I do not change the draft value in the above chart from what I had pre-draft so that my past analyses can be looked at by football fans to judge how much weight they want to place in my current evaluations.  However, Reed slipped through the cracks.  He is a player that I now would tag "late round value."

With all of my disagreements with the Bears' draft, why did they get a C+ and not a lower grade?  The reason is the free agents they signed.  I even thought of moving their grade up to a B- with these signings. P. J. Pope is a strong, quick back who catches the ball very well.  With the depth at running back on the Bears he will have a hard time making the team, but he has the tools to be an effective third down back in the NFL.  He could be a candidate for the Bears' practice squad and contribute down the line.  While Klopfenstein would have been better if drafted in round two, Day is not a bad option at tight end for the Bears.  I like Day more than most draft analysts because, while he lacked the speed of many of the other tight ends in the draft, he has good size and excellent hands and will be a very good short area receiver.  He also has the strength to develop into a good blocker, a very important skill for Bear tight ends.  I had a third round grade on Day.  It would not surprise me if Day not only makes the team, but becomes an important contributor to the Bears' offense.  While Day was my top tight end free agent available, Wallace was my distant second.  Wallace is small for a tight end, but is strong and blocks okay, and has good hands.   All-in-all, Day is the better prospect.  LeVoir is a big man who used his size in college more than skill and technique to block.  He could find his way onto the Bears' practice squad as a developmental prospect since you can't coach size.  In a draft deep at cornerback, I had Byrum as my major sleeper.  He was my 10th ranked corner and I had a third round grade for him.  The past couple of years my major sleeper at corner did well in the NFL.  A couple of years ago my guy was Randall Gay who started in the Super Bowl that year for the Pats.  Last year my guy was Foxworth, whose talent become obvious enough to all that he ended up being drafted in round three, and started in the AFC Championship game.  This year my guy is Byrum.  Does that mean big things for the Bears?  Byrum has good speed, tremendous quickness, and is a superb athlete.  On top of all that, he has excellent cover skills.  I will be very surprised if he doesn't make the Bear's roster and he could even beat out Manning Jr. for the nickel by year's end.  In addition to signing my major sleeper in free agency, the Bears also signed my favorite free agent.  Dwayne Slay is a monster hitter.  His lack of speed caused him to get a fourth round grade by me, and kept him from being drafted.  In addition to lacking speed, Slay is also not a top athlete.  However, if he learns the game and plays smart he has some Rodney Harrison in him.  Look for some monster hits during the preseason from this head-hunter.  Finally, the Bears signed kicker Huston from Ohio State.  He should provide competition for Gould both as a field goal kicker and as a potential kickoff specialist.

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Manning Abilene Ch 5'10.6", 201 4.43 1.62 2.68 4.07   7.24 17 39" 10'3"  
CB/FS
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Manning played well at the East West Shrine Game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Manning has good speed, good quickness, and is strong for a corner.  Long term he has the look of a nickel and return man, although he could become a starter at free safety.  Manning has a nose for the ball.  He picked off 11 passes in his three years  in college.
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Hester Miami 5'11", 185 4.32 1.54 2.59 4.20 11.21 6.78 16 38" 10'4"  
CB/WR/RT
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hester is a top kick returner prospect.  Hester is very fast and  very quick, but didn't start for Miami.
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Dvoracek Oklahoma 6'2.6", 306 4.79 1.75 2.97 4.47   7.59 34 34" 9'6" 41

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Dvoracek has good speed, quickness, strength, and intelligence.  He is a risk because of off field issues, but has as much talent as many of the defensive tackles currently rated higher than him by most draft analysts.  While I would not be surprised if some of the other tackles peak as a third tackle off the bench, I would be very surprised if Dvoracek isn't a quality starter in a year or two.

DT
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Dvoracek was able to get after the passer at the Senior Bowl.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Dvoracek did not have a particularly strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He also has some off the field issues.
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Williams, J Arizona St 6'0.2", 236 4.58 1.61 2.69 4.29   7.03 21 37" 10'4"  
OLB/ILB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Williams is a leader with good football instincts.  He will be a coach's favorite, but may never amount to more than a quality backup and good special teams player.
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Anderson, M Alabama 6'4", 254 4.61 1.64 2.74 4.22 11.75 6.95   42" 10'7"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Anderson had an excellent week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and a very good game, including a play where he beat the Brick for a sack.  Before the draft process Anderson was considered a pass rush specialist type lacking elite athleticism.  However, Anderson proved to have good speed, excellent quickness, and terrific athleticism at the Combine.  He is currently a little light at 254 pounds, but at 6'4", has the frame to add weight and be a three down defensive end.

DE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Anderson had a very good Senior Bowl Game rushing the passer, including one play where he beat the Brick.  He also looked good in practices.
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Runnels OKlahoma 5'11", 235                    
FB - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Runnels is a blocker with decent pass catching ability.  Look for him to be drafted late, if drafted at all.
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Reed Penn State 6'4.4", 315 5.17     4.82   8.33 29 29" 9'2"  
OG - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Reed is tough and smart, and proved to be a better athlete than many thought he was. He could be late round find.
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Pope Bowling Green 5'9.4", 218 4.49     4.06   6.69 22 36.5" 9'9"  
RB - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Pope caught better than he ran at the Hula Bowl.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Pope is a quick back with decent speed and good strength for his size.  He catches the ball very well so he could be a nice third down back in the NFL.
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Day Oregon 6'3.4", 256 4.74 1.63 2.78 4.20 11.43 6.89 26 35" 9'1"  
TE/H-back
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Day showed reliable hands and the ability to get open in short to medium zones during the East West Shrine Game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - In a very deep draft for tight ends, Day has excellent hands, good concentration, and can even block.  However, he played in a spread offense in college so will need to get mentally tough if called on to block regularly.
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Wallace Auburn 6'2.1", 260 4.75 1.66 2.84 4.22   7.30 26 31" 9'2"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wallace showed some toughness during the East West Shrine Game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wallace is shorter than expected but is strong and has decent blocking skills.  He is also a good receiver but can;t stretch the field because of his limited speed.
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LeVoir Notre Dame 6'6.5", 316             20 30" 8'7"  
OT - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - LeVoir is a big man with the frame to add even more weight.  He used his size more than his skills to block in college but could be an interesting developmental prospect for some team.
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Byrum Ohio 5'10.4", 190 4.43     3.89   6.88 12 40" 10'7"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Byrum is a sleeper who played well in the East West Shrine Game and has good speed and quickness, and is very athletic.  Byrum also has excellent cover skills and instincts.  He could be a steal on day two of the draft.Byrum is a sleeper who played well in the East West Shrine Game and has good speed and quickness, and is very athletic.  Byrum also has excellent cover skills and instincts.  He could be a steal on day two of the draft.

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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Byrum had a couple of nice plays at the East West Shrine Game.
Carlos Holmes, Dayton Daily News -Here's the skinny on Byrum. Byrum possesses outstanding cover skills, reads and reacts well to the ball, is very instinctive and has good vision. He also has good recovery speed which he demonstrated in the East-West Shrine game when he stumbled coming out of his back pedal and let the receiver get behind him. Byrum then made like a bread truck and hauled buns down the field to make the tackle.  He had six interceptions on the season, returning two of those for touchdowns. Whatever team decides to pull the trigger on this player will be getting a renaissance man. Byrum returned kicks, punts and was a gunner on special teams.
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Slay Texas Tech 6'3.4", 216 4.72 1.72 2.76 4.40   7.29   32.5" 9'4"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Slay may be the hardest and best hitter in the entire draft.  He will be tremendous as an in-the-box safety, terrorizing anyone who tries to make a play in his zone.  Currently, he is a liability in coverage and he doesn't possess the speed or quickness to improve much.  However, if he can learn to play smart, he could be the next Rodney Harrison.  Worst case, he is a situational player and special teams terror.

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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Slay may be the biggest hitter in the draft.  He has excellent tackling ability, and may be the best in-the-box safety in the draft.  He needs improvement in pass defense, but in the right system he could be a monster.
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Huston Ohio State K  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Huston kicked well at the East West Shrine Game.  He has strong leg and is excellent at kickoffs, but is not overly accurate on long field goals.

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

CHI
QB I have this more of a need than the Bears' do, I'm sure.  I'm not convinced that either Grossman or Orton can be their long term starter at quarterback.  The answer here, is in free agency, not the draft.  Look for the Bears' to replace Blake, an UFA, with a current backup who has starting potential (think Volek of TEN) just in case.
RB This is not a need, in my mind, because of Jones and Peterson, not their first round pick last year, Benson.  However, as a threesome, it's a strong unit.
WR The Bears will need to add a veteran in case Bradley is slow to return.  Muhammad, Bradley, Berrian, and Gage are an effective unit.
TE Clark is inconsistent.  A new starter would help, but the Bears' need a tight end to block, so pass-catching is secondary in their offense.
OL The Bears' have a good line, and even with Metcalf an UFA, they have Garza ready to step in as planned.  However, a great line can take a big hit if a key player is out.  A dominate unit can become just good.  The fly in this ointment is Brown, who is an old 33, and could break down at any moment.  Therefore, if Metcalf leaves, the Bears will need someone who can step in and keep the line going at a high level.
DL A deep and talented unit, a run-stuffing defensive tackle to push Scott could be added.  Ogunleye, Brown, Haynes, Harris, Scott, Johnson are a very good unit.  Long could get into the action next year as a pass rush specialist as well.
LB Urlacher, Briggs, and Hillenmeyer are a talented trio of starters.  Odom, Joe, and Cain are capable reserves.  A middle linebacker for the bench could be added late in the draft.
DB Tillman got "Elvis Pattersoned" (toasted) in the playoffs, but he is a good corner.  So is Vasher.  However, Azumah is an UFA.  Therefore, a corner for depth is needed.  Brown to strong safety was an excellent move.  However, he has to stay healthy.  Harris had a good rookie campaign, but may never be a star.  Johnson adds depth.  If a top free safety can be secured it would upgrade the defense, but it is not a crying need.
ST Gould can kick short, but not long.  He is replaceable.  Maynard had a bad year.  That has happened before in his career and he has rebounded.  Berrian can return punts but if he starts until Bradley is ready, double-duty could be too much for him.  The Bears need an upgrade at kick returner.

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Chicago - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird's  Jaybird's 
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 4 Benson, Cedric RB 5-10 222 Texas # 3 RB Round 1
2 39 Bradley, Mark WR 6-1 201 Oklahoma #10 WR Round 2
4 106 Orton, Kyle QB 6-4 226 Purdue # 9 QB Round 4
5 140 Currie, Airese WR 5-10 186 Clemson   > Round 4
6 181 Harris, Chris SS 6-1 212 Louisiana-Monroe   > Round 4
7 220 Wilson, Rodriques SS 6-1 227 South Carolina   > Round 4
FA   Novak, Nick K 5-11 185 Maryland   > Round 4
FA   Betterson, DeWitt RB 6-0 220 Troy #13 RB Round 4

 

While the Bears did not reach at any spot in the draft, they did not get any of my late round value players either as draft picks or as undrafted free agents.

I was not crazy about the Bears' draft.  Of the top three running backs I have the most questions about Benson.  He has the look of a potential William Green or T.J. Duckett.  He is not particularly fast, nor a top athlete.  At best, he will be one of those good, but replaceable backs.  In round two Bradley is a fast receiver with  potential.  If I were the Bears' GM, I would have drafted WR Mike Williams in round one and RB Eric Shelton in round two.  Williams and Muhammad would have given the Bears' a difficult pair of receivers to defend.  Best case, Shelton will be better than Benson, worst case he would have provided the perfect compliment for Thomas Jones.  Time will tell....  While Orton went where I projected him, he is a big, slow quarterback.  With the trend in the NFL towards using the quick hybrid defensive ends-outside linebackers as pass rushers, mobile quarterbacks are in vogue.  Orton is not mobile.  A number of draft experts like Currie a lot.  While he could develop into a good player, I am not as enamored with him as I am with players like Larry Brackins, Rasheed Marshall, Tad Perry, and especially Craig Bragg, all of whom were selected after the Bears chose Currie.  Harris and Wilson are special team types.  Harris is a big-hitter who could develop into an in-the-box safety.  He has limitations in the passing game, but was one of the better athletes amongst strong safeties available in this draft.  Wilson is a former quarterback/wide receiver/free safety/linebacker who doesn't have the speed required to play in a base defense as starting strong safety.  If the Bears want a strong safety to develop, I suggest they sign Junior Rosegreen ,or possibly, Marvin Godbolt.  As of this writing I had not seen either sign anywhere.  Both are better long term strong safety prospects than Harris or Wilson.  

In addition to not having a high opinion on the Bears' draft, I am also not impressed by what they have done signing college street free agents to date.  They have not signed any of my undrafted late round value players.  Of their free agents signed, however, Nick Novak has a shot to stick as their kicker.  The Bears are unhappy with Edinger so Novak will be given a long look.  While Novak had an awful Gridiorn Classic Game, he rebounded to have a solid Combine.  The latest news has it that the Bears brought in running back DeWitt Betterson for a tryout.  They should sign him.  I have a high fourth round grade on Betterson.  He is hard, strong runner with better game speed than workout speed.  He would provide an insurance policy for Benson.  He has feature back potential.  If they sign him , they will have made a major strike in the college free agent market.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
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Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports: ur round talent to me. round talent to me.Star-Telegram Staff Writer (www.dfw.com) reports: Cedric Benson followed Ricky Williams to the University of Texas. Now, with the possibility of following him to the Miami Dolphins, Benson is trying to distance himself from Williams.  As part of his plan to convince NFL scouts he is not Williams, Benson recently cut off the trademark dreadlocks he has worn since high school. Williams, 27, quit the Dolphins just before training camp last year after only five seasons, later admitting three failed drug tests that would have led to a mandatory suspension.  "Our relationship wasn't as strong as people might think it was," Benson said. "... We didn't spend time on the phone or sharing things or anything like that. I look up to the guy as a player on the field, and I admire the things he did on the field, and that's basically what caught my attraction."  Benson, 22, is one of the NFL's top prospects. ESPN's Mel Kiper has him rated first, while USA Today's Sports Weekly and Scouts, Inc. have him No. 6. Other draft experts have him in the top five.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
His hero is Ricky Williams.  That's enough to scare me some.  The strong move-the-pile running back with enough speed to pop the occasional long run in this draft.  Just a hunch, but may be better at "playing a running back" than at "playing at running back."
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Bradley WR 4.43 1.54 4.02   6.96   39.5" 10'8" 11
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Bradley is a good receiver who could get lost in this draft. He has skills, but there are a lot of more intriguing prospects, with higher upside potential than Bradley.
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Orton QB 5.08   4.54   7.39   26.5"   27
Gil Brandt of NFL.com: Orton did very well throwing the ball during the position drills at his Pro Day.
NFLFans.com reports:
Prototypical QB size, and has the toughness to match it. A fiery leader, demands that those around him step up their game. Very strong arm, accurate, doesn't throw many interceptions.  However, some see him as a system QB.  He had a poor showing at the Senior Bowl.
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports:
Orton has the intangible qualities that allow quarterbacks to succeed in the NFL. The fact that Drew Brees and Byron Leftwich (QBs who ran the spread offense in college) are enjoying some NFL success bodes well for Kyle's future.  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
In my opinion, Orton is an over-rated prospect.  I see him as an NFL backup only.

Michael Mardot of the Associated Press (at abcnews.go.com) reports:
Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton hopes to be the next in a long line of Purdue quarterbacks who have struck it big in the NFL. Former NFL starters from Purdue include Len Dawson, Bob Griese, Gary Danielson, Jim Everett and Drew Brees.Orton showed up at the NFL combine with some new facial hair. He aims to show off much more this weekend.  "I think I've got good enough speed to get outside the pocket and pick up four or five yards for a first down," Orton said Friday. "I think I could be a late first or early second-round guy, and if I fall, that's OK. I just want a chance."At 233 pounds, Orton has added about seven pounds to his 6-foot-4 frame and still expects to do a 4.9 or 5.0 when he runs the 40-yard dash this weekend.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Orton did not have a particularly good game at the Senior Bowl.  He made a number of bad throws. Orton was not in my top six quarterbacks before this game, and remains out of my top six.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports:
After two days of practice (at the Senior Bowl) and sitting with two different NFL quarterback coaches, Kyle Orton of Purdue seems to be the best prospect on the field. He had velocity on his ball, moved well in the pocket and overshadowed Charlie Frye (Akron) and Dan Orlovsky (Connecticut) at least in the eyes of the coaches I was with and I agreed after three practices.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Purdue QB Kyle Orton, who did not throw well at all in the individual passing drills, was sharper in the 11-on-11 drills on Wednesday at Senior Bowl practice.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Purdue QB Kyle Orton has a bit of a deliberate release and was surprisingly way off on a number of passes, but did hit a couple of deep tosses. Orton, though, needs to get a lot of body behind anything too far downfield.
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports:
QB Kyle Orton showed a strong arm but lacked accuracy during Monday's, Jan. 24, Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama.
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Currie WR 4.50 1.63 4.07   7.07   38" 10'5" 23
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Currie was a track star in college.  I expected better speed than a 4.50 forty.  He is a development project on the next level.
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Harris SS 4.55   4.07   6.90   37" 10'6"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Harris had an excellent workout.  He also has the reputation of a big-time hitter.  He could be a special teams terror.
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Wilson SS 4.69   4.13   7.14 21 38.5" 9'10"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Wilson never settled on a permanent position at South Carolina.  He moved from offense to defense, settling in at outside linebacker in 2004.  While projected at strong safety in the NFL, his has limited speed and may be better off adding bulk and staying at linebacker.
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Novak K                  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Novak rebounded and posted some good decent workout numbers at the Combine.  He made 11 of 15 kicks overall, made 4 of 6 > 45yds, and his kickoffs were between 64 to 67 yards.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Novak looked awful at the Gridiron Classic game.
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Betterson RB 4.60   4.26 11.99 7.40 21 37.5" 10'1"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Betterson was said to have impressed scouts during the week of practice at the Hula Bowl.  In fact, some said he was the best athlete at the game.  After watching him play in the Hula Bowl, I can see what the scouts liked.  He runs strong and has the speed to break long runs.  I can't wait to see his workout numbers.  He certainly didn't look out-of-place playing with prospects from the big football divisions.  One of my top five players in the game.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: During the Gridiron Classic game Betterson looked good.  He had some nice runs and caught the ball well.  I came away thinking Betterson is a player I want to see play more.  An interesting prospect.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Gibson OT, Thomas RB,  George QB, McMillion CB
Key RFA: Brown DE, Gray SS (5th), Metcalf (3rd), Gilmore (6th), Peterson RB
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: Grossman is a former first round pick and will be given a chance to start coming back from injury.  Krenzel, a rookie last year, looked bad more often than good but won some games.  Hutchinson played okay.  George didn't play and is a free agent.  The Bears need to solidify their number two quarterback (between Grossman and Krenzel) whether Hutchinson, George, or a free agent.
RB: Thomas Jones looked good considering being banged up, the often ineffective passing game, and a less-than-stellar offensive line.  Thomas will be allowed to leave so the Bears need to bring in a back-up, preferably with size, to spot Jones.  There are options in the draft including Houston early and Betterson late.
WR: Time to say goodbye to David Terrell.  Wade was suppose to thrive in this system, but looks like he best fits as a number 3 receiver.  Gage didn't progress as I thought he would, that was partially due to lack of opportunities.  Berrian may have the most upside of all receivers currently on the Bears' roster.  They need a player who can step in and be the go-to guy.
TE: Clark is okay but replaceable. Two of their three backups are RFAs.
OL: The Bears gave up the most sacks in the league and only averaged 3.8 yards a carry.  The need upgrades at both tackle and guard.
DL:
The Bears have a good mix of veterans and youth on their defensive line.  They can not, however, let Brown (RFA) leave in free agency.  I like both Harris and Johnson defensive tackles added in last year's draft, and Haynes looks like he is becoming a good third end for their rotation at end wit5h Ogunleye and Brown.
LB: Briggs came on strong and forms a great one-two punch with Urlacher at linebacker.  The Bears should bring in competition for Reese and Odom for the third starting spot. 
DB: Another strong unit for the Bears.  They have three solid corners in Tillman, Azumah and Mcquarters (and Vasher has some upside).  At safety, Brown should be back at full strength and Green is an underrated player who will be pushed by Shivers.  If a big-hitting strong safety who can cover slips in the draft, the Bears could grab him to make this unit very special.
ST: The Bears should pay me to watch their games.  Whenever I watch, Edinger makes his kicks.  But when I'm not watching .....  It's time to bring in some legit competition for him, although I still think he has the talent to be a good NFL kicker.  Punter Maynard is one of the best.  McQuarters and Berrian are solid return men.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Chicago
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 14 Harris, Tommie DT 6-2 289 Oklahoma
2 47 Johnson, Terry DT 6-2 283 Washington
3 78 Berrian, Bernard WR 6-1 183 Fresno State
4 110 Vasher, Nathan CB 5-10 177 Texas
4 112 Joe, Leon OLB 5-11 232 Maryland
5 147 Harriott, Claude DE 6-3 271 Pittsburgh
5 148 Krenzel, Craig QB 6-3 227 Ohio State
7 215 Marshall, Alfonso CB 6-1 183 Miami (Fla.)

 

The Bears had a solid draft.  Harris and Johnson could both start for the Bears for years.  Both are athletic tackles, but not monster run stuffers.  The Bears linebackers will still have to fight off blocks and make tackles near the line of scrimmage.  Berrian was an excellent pick in the third round.  He is still recovering from injury so he is not yet at full speed, that's saying a lot since he ran a 4.47 on his Pro Day.  He is also a good return-man.  Vasher, initially, was considered a second round pick, then had a bad workout and dropped.  He rebounded closer to the draft with a solid workout, but didn't recover his initial status in a deep cornerback draft.  That was good news for the Bears who got excellent value drafting Vasher in round four.  He will be an excellent nickel corner.  Leon Joe was one of the most athletic linebackers in the draft.  He is also strong.  At worst he will be a terror on special teams.  Harriott was worth a shot in round five.  A productive player in college prior to his senior season, he fell due to that drop-off.  At one time, he was considered a day one prospect.  Krenzel is a marginal prospect whose ceiling is a backup quarterback.  Maybe the Bears agree, they signed street free agent Ryan Dinwiddie who, according to NFLFans.com: "Put up tremendous numbers at Boise State, and while those numbers will definitely give him a shot in the NFL, his physical abilities will limit that same shot. Dinwiddie is one of the most prolific passers in college football, and is an incredibly tough kid."  Marshall could be useful in dime packages but will have to prove he can tackle consistently on special teams to stick.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Harris
Oklahoma

#2 ranked DT by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: top ten pick. Good or bad move to come out early? Don't be stunned if he's not the sure-thing top five selection that everyone's making him out to be. There's an outside chance he becomes the Terrell Suggs slider of the first round, but that doesn't mean he's not going to be outstanding. A tad more prospect than production, he hasn't put up the great numbers a player of his caliber usually makes at the collegiate level, but he has the total package of size and strength.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: It's hard to really project Tommie as a DE. He's at 292-pounds and just under 6'3". He reminds me a great deal of La'Roi Glover. Not the bulkiest DT, but relies on leverage, quickness, strength, and fundamentals. That's the type of player I see Harris being.  His stock has slid some, but he should be a top 15-20 pick.
Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: Harris, 20, can play tackle in a 4-3 formation or end in a 3-4. He likely will run a sub-4.7 40-yard dash for scouts on his pro day (he’s not expected to run at the Combine this week), and he has shown impressive strength — he bench-presses 470 pounds and power-cleans 345 — in the weight room. At his listed 6-3 and 289 pounds, he has a solid frame, but looking at him in person shows he has room to grow. In time he could develop into a player like Raiders free-agent DT Rod Coleman or even the Patriots’ Richard Seymour.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: One of the best interviews of the day was that of Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who was colorful and glib and quick-witted during a media session that others seem to find an ordeal. At one point, Harris pointed to ESPN's John Clayton and said: "Hey, man, I see you on TV all the time, and it's finally good to see you in person." A very quick athlete, scouts still aren't sure whether Harris is best suited for the nose spot or the "three technique" tackle position. He weighed in at 296 pounds, considered on the light side by some teams, and might be projected to the latter spot. Then again, Harris didn't care where he lined up, as long as it's on defense. "Play me at safety and, trust me, I would take care of business," Harris said.
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Johnson
Washington

#9 ranked DT by Jaybird
 

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports:  Projected: 2nd round. Good or bad move to come out early? Johnson could be the type of combine guy that becomes this year's Dewayne Robertson and skyrockets up the charts if someone wants to keep him as a tackle. Johnson is average against the run, but he's a peerless athlete for a defensive tackle. He's so quick and has such great speed that me might project to be a good sized end.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Tank Johnson, defensive tackle, Washington. Johnson measured up at 6-foot-2 ¾ and 304 pounds, and ran as low as a 4.7, which is pretty fast for someone his size. He also lifted the bar 31 times.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: DT "Tank" Johnson (Washington): Not exactly the 300-pounder who eats up blockers and allows linebackers to flow to the ball, but is very quick into the gaps, and ran a sub-4.7 time that opened a lot of eyes. Somewhat shy on pure football instincts, but moved himself up a few rounds, and could be a good fit for a one-gap defensive scheme.
GBNReport.com reports: No player may have made a bigger move up draft boards around the league than Washington DT Terry 'Tank' Johnson. Johnson, who had a near-dominating Senior Bowl, has bulked up to a solid 305 pounds, but has still been running a DE like sub-4.75 40. Indeed, there are some teams who may look at Johnson as a potential DE down the road.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks,  Kiper has identified Johnson as a fast riser.
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Berrian
Fresno State

#11 ranked WR  by Jaybird

Marek Warszawski of fresnobee.com reports: Berrian ran a 4.58 40 at the combine, considered below average. Wednesday, he was timed between 4.47 and 4.50. The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder also had a 39-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot-9 broad jump and a 4.15 shuttle.  "[Berrian] looked good; he definitely helped himself," said an AFC scout who did not wish to be identified.
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Vasher
Texas

#15 ranked CB  by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Vasher struggled badly to cover the taller receivers during the Senior Bowl. Known as an aggressive yet smaller cover-corner. 
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Joe
Maryland

#13 ranked OLB  by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Measurables, measureables, …… it is what it is all about with many scouts and although a very successful OLB in college he will have to prove he can add the muscle mass and weight to compete against the big boys. If he has a good post season and combine, he may move up, if not, especially if he comes into the combine looking more like a safety than LB, well, it will drop him further down the charts.
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Harriott DE 6-3 5/8, 252 4.66 1.62 4.25 7.44 25 33½" 9-10
Harriott
Pittsburgh

#13 ranked DE  by Jaybird

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Claude Harriott, DE, Pittsburgh: A year ago, scouts were touting University of Pittsburgh defensive end Claude Harriott as a possible first-rounder. But his stats fell off precipitously in 2003 and he ended up splitting playing time toward the end of a disappointing campaign. Harriott isn't very stout, doesn't hold up well against the run and seems to have lost much of his initial explosiveness.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: DE Claude Harriott (Pittsburgh): Began the '03 season as one of the country's most touted pass rushers, but was splitting time by the end of a disappointing campaign, and didn't do much in Indianapolis to rehabilitate himself. His workouts were OK in terms of raw times, but he appears stiff and seems to lack pure explosiveness. Sort of a "tweener" and no one seems certain if he can make the transition to a standup a linebacker spot.
NFLFans.com reports: Harriot was very unimpressive in workouts and considered falling in the charts. Needs a good pro day to make up for recent slippage in rankings.
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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Chicago
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 14 Haynes, Michael DE 6-4 281 Penn State
1 22 Grossman, Rex QB 6-1 217 Florida
2 35 Tillman, Charles CB 6-1 207 Louisiana-Lafayette
3 68 Briggs, Lance ILB 6-1 242 Arizona
4 100 Johnson, Todd FS 6-1 206 Florida
4 116 Scott, Ian DT 6-2 312 Florida
5 139 Wade, Bobby WR 5-10 193 Arizona
5 143 Gage, Justin WR 6-4 217 Missouri
5 171 Lafavor, Tron DT 6-2 290 Florida
6 191 Odom, Joe OLB 6-1 241 Purdue
6 206 Forsey, Brock RB 5-11 198 Boise State
7 261 Anderson, Bryan G 6-4 321 Pittsburgh

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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Haynes is a solid defensive end prospect, but he will not rush the passer like Suggs.  Solid, not spectacular choice.  Grossman makes or breaks this draft.  It's Grossman and Haynes versus Suggs.  Personally, I would have drafted Suggs and followed-up with Ragone in round three.  Time will tell.  Tillman has tremendous potential..  He may have been selected higher than projected, but he would not have been there for the Bears in round three.  Tillman has size, speed and good football instincts.  He will need time, however, to adjust to the NFL.  Briggs will play special teams and backup Urlacher.  However, I felt the Bears greater linebacker need was for an outside linebacker with pass-rush potential.  Rushing the passer is not Briggs' strength.  Johnson was a good pick in round four.  He could eventually be a quality starting safety. Scott has the tools, but his production has not matched his talent.  Wade is a slot-receiver and punt returner.  Gage, a former college basketball player is an interesting prospect. The Bears hope that between Gage and David Terrell they can find a consistent reliable weapon to be their third wideout.  LaFavor is another player with loads of talent who just can't get it together consistently on the field.  Unlike some of the previous players drafted by the Bears, Forsey is a player who gives it his all and makes the most out of his abilities.
Haynes AllProScouting.com reports Penn State DE Michael Haynes did 23 reps of 225 at the combine.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Penn State DE Michael Haynes likely hurt his draft position on Saturday with a poor performance at the NFL Combine. “He was just awful,” said an agent who watched the work out. “He shouldn’t have worked out.” Haynes ran one 40-yard dash at a time of 4.88 seconds, but didn’t run a second because of a hurt quadriceps. He was able to finish the rest of the drills, but just didn’t fare too well. His performance likely dropped him from the end of the first round into the second.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports DE Michael Haynes (Penn State) hurt his draft status at the combine.  Viewed as one of the top three ends when he arrived at the combine, Haynes had a disastrous experience here. He ran a sluggish 40-yard time, in the 4.88 range, then suffered a quadriceps injury that stole away any chance of redeeming himself. Plus he just didn't look like he had much explosiveness from the edge.
WORKOUT NUMBERS
Great Blue North (GBNReport.com) reports, DE Michael Haynes, 6'3 ½", 278lbs, really helped his cause. Haynes, who pulled a quad muscle during the combines, ran in the 4.6 range in the forty yesterday. Additionally he participated in a full range of positional drills. (Note - ran on a fast track). (Gil Brandt of NFL.com had Haynes at 4.70)
Grossman Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports the Packers remain intrigued by Florida QB Rex Grossman, whose toughness and skill level, some Packers scouts feel, is equivalent to that of a young Brett Favre.  As noted earlier, the Packers may even use their first-round draft pick on a QB.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com  reports: The biggest talk today (at combine) was Florida quarterback Rex Grossman, who surprised everyone by measuring 6-foot-1.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports  Rex Grossman of Florida was up and down (Sunday at combine), and one scout recalled a sequence in which he skipped two balls several yards short, but followed up with two straight completions that demonstrated both touch and arm strength.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  KFFL.com reports Florida QB Rex Grossman was clocked at 5.15 in the 40-yard dash at Florida’s Pro Day. He reportedly did not look good in the workouts.
Tillman The Houston Chronicle reports CB Charles Tillman of Louisiana-Lafayette checked in at 6-1, 208 at the NFL Combine. He blew away scouts by running 4.39 and 4.45 and he also looked good in individual drills.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, The most attractive thing about Tillman is his ability to play both CB and FS at a high level. Great size and speed. Tremendous football intelligence. If he went to a bigger school, he'd be a first rounder easily.
Briggs WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Lance Briggs was listed at 6-0¾ and 241 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.79 and 4.78, did 4.49 in the short shuttle, had a 34-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-4 long jump, ran 7.16 in the cone drill, and did not bench.
Johnson WORKOUT NUMBERS KFFL.com reports Florida S Todd Johnson was clocked at 4.50 in the 40-yard dash during Florida’s Pro Day. He also looked good in positional drills.
Scott Matt Gambill reports AllProScouting.com reports Ian Scott measured 6023, 312, did 28 reps, and ran a 5.18 forty.
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Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Scott stood at 6-foot-2 1/2, 310 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.12 and 5.19 and was timed at 4.60 in the short shuttle and 7.96 in the three-cone drill. He had an 8-foot-2 long jump.
Gage ProFootballWeekly.com reports:  Missouri WR Justin Gage looked very big. Gage, a converted quarterback and former Missouri basketball player, said he has gained 12 pounds of muscle to get his weight up to 216. At 6-4, size is not an issue with him. It’s a different story as far as his speed goes, however. “The 40 (yard dash) is very important for me,” he said. “It could make or break my draft status. That’s what teams are saying, anyway.”
The Post Dispatch's Jim Thomas reports Missouri WR Justin Gage will not work out as planned for pro scouts Wednesday, because of a minor knee injury. "He just tweaked the knee; the MRI showed nothing," said Gage's agent, Jim Steiner. Gage will now workout at a later Pro Day, maybe in late March. St Louis Rams' Coach Mike Martz was among Rams officials who had planned to attend Wednesday's workout.
LaFavor WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports,  DT LaFavor was 6-2 and 286 pounds. He ran for 5.12 twice in the 40-yard dash. He displayed a vertical jump of 28 inches, did not do a long jump, was a 4.56 in the short shuttle, and did a 7.7 in the three-cone drill.
Odom The Great Blue North (gbnreport.com) reports LB Joe Odom ran a sub-4.6 40 at the combine.
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Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Joe Odom-LB-Purdue ran a 4.49 and a 4.50 forty at pro day.
Forsey WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Forsey was not at the Combine. This was the guy who scored a lot of TDs for the Boise State Broncos last season. He ran in the 4.6s.

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : B+


Columbo may have been selected a little high but OT was an area of need for the Bears and they were not going to get anything close to him if they waited for round two.  While Columbo may have gone a little high, the Bears stole CB Williams in round three and DE Brown in round four.  No one would be surprised if, long term, Williams became the third best CB from this draft (behind Jammer and Buchanan).  And Brown adds a player who could become a starter and is currently a much needed pass rusher.  That is not something usually avail in the fourth round of the draft.  OG Metcalf was also a solid pick and Peterson could develop into a capable back-up RB.


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Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 29 Colombo, Marc OT 6-8 313 Boston College
3 72 Williams, Roosevelt CB 5-11 204 Tuskegee
3 93 Metcalf, Terrance G 6-3 318 Mississippi
4 104 Brown, Alex DE 6-3 260 Florida
5 140 Gray, Bobby SS 6-0 209 Louisiana Tech
5 165 Knight, Bryan DE 6-1 225 Pittsburgh
6 199 Peterson, Adrian RB 5-10 214 Georgia Southern
6 203 Elliott, Jamin WR 5-11 188 Delaware
6 210 Fletcher, Bryan TE 6-5 237 UCLA

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