Well i must say, this was a boring draft. I am a little upset that the Bears chose to play it safe than take a risk or two, but i guess its better to be safe than sorry. No QB? Who is the 3rd string thatll get a shot? I love Rex, as do the coaches, now lets just see him make it work. Hes getting a line now, so no more excuses. I would have really wanted to see Nick Hill from SIU as a compensatory, or even Anthony Morelli. Someone, unless something gets pulled out of JA's sleeve.
1-Chris Williams--I am definitely disappointed with this. The front offices took the safe road with this. I really wanted Rashard Mendenhall, and we had a shot at him. Williams should be a starter right away i believe, and its good that we fixed the line. It really just bugs me that i cant find anything special with this guy. Hes a big body that we could have found in later rounds. Oh well, que sera sera. Grade-B+
2-Matt Forte--Good back, bad timing. I like how JA and Co sent a powerful message to Cedric Benson. I really hope our AP gets cut or traded or sent to the practice squad, because i'd rather stay young and keep Garrett Wolfe, who has more upside than Adrian. Forte can catch out of the backfield and is a grinder from what i've seen, but i find this pick to be just sketchy. I guess im just not comfortable with a back from an unproven conference. I cant name a decent defense from the Sun Belt. Grade-B-
3-Earl Bennett--Seemed good from film, and looks very good to the Bears. He'll have a friend with Williams here, and should fit in as at least the 3 WR. I can see him being similar to Bernard Berrian, but can block, and has slightly better hands. Thats the reason he was taken, i think JA and Co were just looking for that Berrian replacement thats speedy and can catch balls here and there. Can develop into something more in a couple years. Lets just hope if he does, he doesnt get bought out. Grade-A-
3-Marcus Harrison--What in the hell were the Bears thinking with this? I still cant figure it out, granted my boy Tommy Zbikowski was taken 2 picks prior to this. I think the Bears should have traded out of this. We have 3 DTs who can be relied on, and 6 are on the current roster. I am just baffled......He is talented, but this was a wasted pick. I can see this as insurance if Tommie Harris leaves. Thats the only reason they would have taken a DT this early. Grade-D+
4-Craig Steltz--Ehhhh, there are many better safeties and we probably should have gotten him later. Hes a hitter, and im not a fan from what i saw. He just seems like an above average, hard hitting, uncoordinated safety. Lets hope he can improve in camp and practice. Grade-C
5-Zach Bowman--Another WTF were you thinking pick. I do remember that Tillman and Vasher are locked up till 2013, and Trumaine McBride and Ricky Manning Jr are good fill-ins. This guy blew out both of his knees, and before he did so, he was very good at what he did, very good in coverage and a great tackler and helped a lot on the running game, and once considered a 1st rounder. Then he blew out his knees. Not wise, im not a fan. Grade-C-
5-Kellen Davis--There were just a plethora of TEs that looked like they wont amount to anything special in this draft. This kid was one of them, and not really a priority at this pick. A John Gilmore replacement. Lets hope he can block. I dont see him catching much behind Clark and Olsen. Grade D+
7-Evrin Baldwin--Worst pick of them all. Dan Bazuin, Wale, Alex Brown, Mark Anderson, and Israel Idonije are DEs. Unless the front offices dont plan on resigning Wale next year or two, maybe. But this is not a time for theories. We still needed a QB, OL depth, and a WR. Horrible pick, so unless this guys a diamond in the ruff, he wont see playing time outside of preseason. Grade-F
7-Chester Adams--Much needed depth on the OL. There were better available linemen at G and T at this point, but I will take it. Grade-C
7-Joey LaRoque--Right position, wrong player. J Leman was here, and went undrafted. He had better get an invite to camp. Grade-D
7-Kirk Barton--I love this. A late 7th rounder that was projected from the 3rd round to the 5th. This was a steal, lets just hope he can keep it together. Good depth quality too. Grade-A
7-Marcus Monk--I really think there were better WRs at this point, Davonne Bess was. He broke a lot of records at Arkansas, oh boy! If he translates to anything, lets hope its Brandon Lloyd's replacement or a number 4. I dont think he will. Maybe he'll see a play or two, but i really doubt that. Grade-D
we still need a QB here people.
Total draft grade--C