Projected starters from Chicago Bears...

Projected starters from Chicago Bears' 2009 draft class

There are 30 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 26, 2009, titled Projected starters from Chicago Bears' 2009 draft class. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

How many of the Bears ' draft picks will crack the starting lineup this season? Our experts give their best guess: Vaughn McClure: 2 Both wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias and cornerback D.J. Moore could be immediate impact players.

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Rocket Man

Liverpool, NY

#1 Apr 26, 2009
Mark my word: Johnny Knox will be the steal of the draft and become the next Steve Smith.

Since: Jul 08

Avon Lake, OH

#2 Apr 26, 2009
I would be happy with one, Iglesias-WR considering this draft year. If he can't start right away because he can't grasp the Bears version of "the West Coast Offense", then I'm on board with the "whisper-ers" that say its time for Ron Turner to go.

Homewood, IL

#3 Apr 26, 2009
Pompei Dee-Tee-Dee Dee-Tee-Dee

United States

#4 Apr 26, 2009
Come on Pompei! first you say no starters from this draft, then you say Iglesias may start "out of necessity." so that would be one starter right? as for picking late as the Bears have,there is a long list of starters JA has choosen in later rounds that have panned out. in fact, his late round picks have been a better success than his first round picks!(Grossman, Haynes,Benson etc.)

Anyway, it's way too early to tell who if anyone is good or not. all I'm saying is don't discount these picks simply because they are late rounders.

Chicago, IL

#5 Apr 26, 2009
ha! ha! johnny knox is the next daniele manning....non-starter!

Huntsville, AL

#6 Apr 26, 2009
I'd like to see Melton pounding the ball in the 4th quarter.

Columbus, OH

#7 Apr 26, 2009
i dont like you pompei. you never have anything interesting to say. i never agree with anything you say. just who do you think will start over iglesias?? bennett...cus he is pretty much a rookie since he got barely any playing time last year.

Pineville, KY

#8 Apr 26, 2009
How can a writer for the tribune, know who is starting, and who is not. I guess they should be coaching instead of writing. If they are that great at predictions, Then they should coach the bears. Then show us ten or so super bowl wins.

Hanoi, Vietnam

#9 Apr 26, 2009
Funny how every expert is unsure about Gilbert and makes no mention of Melton. Definitely hit or miss prospects. I would also not count out Knox and Alfalava either. The former reminds me of Eddie Royal and the latter is faster than and as big as Payne.

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Apr 26, 2009
I've seen almost nothing written about Lance Louis, but I hope he'll make at least the practice squad. He fulfills a real niche need as a blocking TE. He could be disruptive on kick coverage; he could be used as a goal-line fullback; he could be a tackle-eligible on the goal-line or other short-yardage situations.
Sub zero

United States

#11 Apr 26, 2009
sorry but I don't see any starters out of this draft... what a joke
chi jim

Cantua Creek, CA

#12 Apr 26, 2009
Bears should of grabbed Ramses Barden

Champaign, IL

#13 Apr 27, 2009
You guys asked the wrong question.

It should be how many will become solid contributors during the first year.

It is fully possible that none of them start, but that you see D.J. Moore as a nickel back, Iglesias as an oft-used No. 3 receiver, Jarron Gilbert and Melton as pash-rush specialists and Louis as a No. 3 TE/FB.

And the rest of them could contribute on special teams.

I'm far more interested in seeing production than starts.

But two answer the question -- two.

Iglesias could certainly become a starter.

But I don't know why people are ruling out Alfalava.

Just because his profile says he's not fast enough to play free safety doesn't mean he can't play the position.

They said Mike Brown was too slow to play FS, but he did it well for years when healthy. also had this guys listed as a FS.

I think he would struggle, but it's not as if they have much better options right now.

And he may be able to do it, especially in a Cover-2.

Madera, CA

#14 Apr 27, 2009
WheresWaddle wrote:
I've seen almost nothing written about Lance Louis, but I hope he'll make at least the practice squad. He fulfills a real niche need as a blocking TE. He could be disruptive on kick coverage; he could be used as a goal-line fullback; he could be a tackle-eligible on the goal-line or other short-yardage situations.
We have Olsen, Clark and Davis.... And I think one other. He must be a special teams pick. But, why waste a pick on him when you can grab him as a free agent? Confusing....

United States

#15 Apr 27, 2009
I hope they know what they are doing...

United States

#16 Apr 27, 2009
For once, gotta say i was happy with the majority of Angelo's picks. Our first four selections were all steals.(Still wish we addressed the safety situation - Payne is not a strong safety!) DJ Moore should definitely see starting time cuz vasher cant stay healthy and mcbride always gets beat off the snap. Lol are we the chicago bears or the chicago commodores?

United States

#17 Apr 27, 2009
I like the Draft.... Melton was a reach, Gilbert can be a steal(coaching up?) required, Moore Is a Steal. Knox is a wildcard with Kinder, but both have produced and could help us? As long as we unload some dead weight (Wr,DL) then coach up the New Players and Let Them Compete! I Had to Repeat Coaching Up, because this could be the Last Gasp for this staff? They Have Some Work this year, with Players that Can Win The Division! I Believe We Are Close NOW..... Foresight From Lovie ; ) Naaaaw LOL Bear Down Chi Town!
USMC Bears Fan

United States

#18 Apr 27, 2009
Iglesias better be ready to start. Why Bennett wasn't thrown out on his dumb ass for not being able to grasp the "system" is ridiculous. These guys played the position in college so they obviously know how to run routes, they get an NFL contract, and they have 4 months to learn the playbook. I'm sorry...4 months to learn the system? If it's a system, then all hell will break loose if they go on the field before they grasp it right? Give me a break. For a receiver, this system involves complex and detailed technical knowledge of things like routes, blocking, audible variations, break off points, and separation. 4 months is simply not enough time.

Getting running water and electricity to a house is part of a system. Playing wide receiver in the NFL is not. They feed us this and expect us to accept it, like if a receiver goes out there before he's "ready," he'll just run around aimlessly. I would love to hear Joniak and Thayer on the radio when the not-ready receiver runs off the field and through the stands when the ball's snapped, and security scatters to catch him and walk him back to the sidelines. "And that Popcorn Vendor had better keep his head up next time!"

So please ready because they don't have anobody else!

Akron, OH

#19 Apr 27, 2009
The Gilbert pick is even better considering you have Marinelli coaching him up, I don't see any starters for this year, definitly potential though. I don't get how bennett is being penciled in as a #2 when he couldn't even get on the field last year... behind the same group of bad receivers. I hope one or two of the younger guys step up so we don't have to see rashied davis drop passes 20% of the time.

Stillmore, GA

#20 Apr 27, 2009
Pompei - Richard Dent a 7th round pick. Enough said...

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