Chicago Bears grab raw talent, not sure things, on Day 2

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Back in 2005 when Juaquin Iglesias was a high school senior in Killeen, Texas, hedging on his commitment to the University of Oklahoma, he got a call from a Chicago Bear.
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Mike in the South Loop

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Apr 26, 2009
 
I really liked this draft. While we're prepared to hear people complain, it was refreshing to see Jerry aggresively pursue pass-rushers. If anyone watched the Brian Griese-led comeback in the Tampa Bay game, they'd know that we need pass rusers.

We can't draft players just for need; Mike Mitchell wasn't there, they hedged and still got a quality wr in Igesias and a gem in Gilbert.

Gilbert could be a star by most reports, or bust, but isn't it worth it in the third round? Fabulous draft.
gobaseline

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#2
Apr 26, 2009
 
The Bears blew it by not drafting Jamarko Simmons of Western Michigan University.
Like his mentor and predecessor he is a Packer, signing a FA contract.
Bad News Bears.
Barney

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Apr 26, 2009
 
This has been an amazing draft, top to bottom. Jay Cutler was an outstanding 1st round pick to start things off. To make things better we no longer have to see Orton try to play QB, this is almost as important as Cutler being the starter.

The WR's alone should show the door to Davis, this alone is like picking up a first round pick. It can be said Davis cost the Bears a minimum of 2 games last year, sure there were other factors in those games but he was big factor helping out the other team many times.

All the other players, well they look good on paper.. eh.. the Internet.
ldc

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Apr 26, 2009
 
Solid draft.

As Barney stated, you have to count Jay Cutler. He represented their first and third picks.

I also liked that the team opted to look for guys with athletic ability as opposed to guys who fit the "scheme."

This logic has gotten JA burned in the past, with duds such as Okwo, Bauzin, M. Haynes and others.

The team is too slow and aging, and aside from D.J. Moore -- an excellent value pick -- the team got a lot faster today.

They even landed a 300 lb guard who can run a 4.7!, which is why they will convert him to TE or FB.

I would have liked a FS, but the truth is, most of the draft guides I have seen suggest most players available were SSs, or FSs with marginal instincts or a lack of bulk.

No use in drafting a player just to draft them. Picking for need is the worst thing you can do, especially in a weak draft.

Again, a good job.
ldc

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Apr 26, 2009
 
gobaseline wrote:
The Bears blew it by not drafting Jamarko Simmons of Western Michigan University.
Like his mentor and predecessor he is a Packer, signing a FA contract.
Bad News Bears.
If he's so good, why did he get passed over more than 250 times?

He may become something, but let's not act like the Bears were somehow deficient in overlooking him. Every team overlooked him, and, in most cases with those not drafted, there is a solid reason.
ACW

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Apr 26, 2009
 
This off-season has definitely been an A overall. Cutler was a huge pick-up, as was Pace. I was also highly encouraged by the Bears willingness to try and deal for Boldin, despite his high contract demands. This shows me they might finally be getting it.
I would also have to give the Bears a solid B on the players they drafted today with potential to be an A if everything develops properly. I think they mixed a lot of good talent and potential with high value.
I think they there are some players that will have an immediate impact next season. Gilbert should be in the defensive line rotation. Iglesias will get more snaps than Davis. Moore will contribute big time on special teams, and could see some time at nickel. Knox will hopefully see a few snaps a game on O, and will be good on ST. Freeman could also compete for the starting job at SLB in my opinion.
Was it perfect, no. I would have maybe liked the safety position to be addressed earlier, but there were not exactly any studs out there. A very good job by JA and his staff today.
bears1110

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Apr 26, 2009
 
Not drafting a solid safety means that josh bullocks is our projected started. Knowing that makes me want to vomit.
Dominic

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Apr 26, 2009
 
I like the selections. I see a huge improvement for the special teams blcoking!! Also you may be seeing a real No. 2 receiver in the Sooner. Only time will tell. Overall this grade is a C+ with the potential to be an A.
kjl

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Apr 26, 2009
 
Dominic wrote:
I like the selections. I see a huge improvement for the special teams blcoking!! Also you may be seeing a real No. 2 receiver in the Sooner. Only time will tell. Overall this grade is a C+ with the potential to be an A.
A C+ based on what? I guarantee you haven't seen half the guy's play and the ones you HAVE seen, you've probably seen a handful of times during games you watched.

You and everyone else can take their grades and shove em.

When the players hit the field, start talking about how you feel. Until then, you don't know if you have Vernon Gholston or Matt Ryan
DAVEEED

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#11
Apr 26, 2009
 
I was annoyed that Angelo traded their 2nd-round pick. The Bears have a roster full of backups, they need starters. BUT- as much as I hate the Sooners, I think Iglesias will be very good, and I like that Angelo drafted speedy players. I am REALLY looking forward to the 2009 season.
DAVEEED

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Apr 26, 2009
 
kjl wrote:
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A C+ based on what? I guarantee you haven't seen half the guy's play and the ones you HAVE seen, you've probably seen a handful of times during games you watched.
You and everyone else can take their grades and shove em.
When the players hit the field, start talking about how you feel. Until then, you don't know if you have Vernon Gholston or Matt Ryan
Amen to that. I don't mind as much when experts grade drafts, but even then it's all opinion. How many people last year thought the Ravens drafted Flacco too high?
LamentingDenver

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Apr 26, 2009
 
I'm a big time Cutler fan. I like Inglesias and Knox for him, but Angelo should look at picking up former Bronco wide receiver Nate Jackson.

He's a converted TE, 6'4'' 225, with great hands. He didn't get looked at much with Royal and Marshall around, but could be a starter with the Bears and provide a safety valve and move the chains for Jay.
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#14
Apr 27, 2009
 
Very solid draft picks.

Can't wait for the season to start to see how this works out for us.
Woodsy

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#15
Apr 27, 2009
 
Solid draft but trading their 2nd round pick will come to haunt them. "The Bears aren't rebuilding." Who are we kidding. This draft proves the Bears are thinking future and not ways of winning now. WR Iglesias looks good and the others look like 2-3 year projects, but I hope fans are ready for a tough year filled with frustration. So close but still quite a ways from being a contender. Some great off season transactions but some flops also (FS, WR). Time will tell.
Shields Up Captain

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#16
Apr 27, 2009
 
I don't understand the linebacker pick in the fifth(?) round, but otherwise I thought this was a really good draft. Don't forget Cutler is technically your first round and third round pick.

Instead of 2 DEs I would've preferred an OL higher up but I wonder if they were drafting on overall talent instead of need. If that's the case then I agree.
KIRK

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#17
Apr 27, 2009
 
Jerry/War room guys, I'm happy. I thought you guys were outstanding this weekend. You kill in the middle rounds Jerry ( more times than not) so keep it going. Dear Rod, start making your money.
Rocket Man

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#18
Apr 27, 2009
 
Speed and athleticism can go a long way in the NFL and I think the Bears will have at least 5 players from this draft make some sort of impact next season. I like the picks of Knox and Moore to challange veterans but when it comes to Moore, I see him challenging Peanut Tillman's starting position. I think Nathan Vahser will be back to Pro Bowl form and with Corey Graham in the mix, I think the Bears will have a solid secondary. I hope Zach Bowman comes back strong and does well at Safety. Bullocks is a good football player who can start for this team. I'm fired up about this draft and the Bears next season.
Rocket Man

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Apr 27, 2009
 
Woodsy

I think you are wrong. With the addition of Cutler and the O-lineman, the Bears are already a better team on paper than last year. I think the speed and athleticism of these draft choices will allow two to three of them to come in and make an impact, even if it is special teams. Considering the Bears were 9-7 last year and blew three games, I think 2009 will be a very good year. I also think the NFC North will get three teams into the playoffs next year.
Woodsy wrote:
Solid draft but trading their 2nd round pick will come to haunt them. "The Bears aren't rebuilding." Who are we kidding. This draft proves the Bears are thinking future and not ways of winning now. WR Iglesias looks good and the others look like 2-3 year projects, but I hope fans are ready for a tough year filled with frustration. So close but still quite a ways from being a contender. Some great off season transactions but some flops also (FS, WR). Time will tell.
Hmm

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#20
Apr 27, 2009
 
We needed receivers and secondary help, and what do we get, even more defensive ends that can't be used for anything but defensive end, and a safety and cornerback who's ratings say they are slow and can't cover anybody. If he was going to go with linemen, why not some interior linemen? Tommie Harris is done. Dusty can't stay on the field. The interior line sucks. Brown and Ogunleye are probably out after this year since we picked more ends.
Dean

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#21
Apr 27, 2009
 
bears1110 wrote:
Not drafting a solid safety means that josh bullocks is our projected started. Knowing that makes me want to vomit.
I think there are going to be a couple of free safeties that will be available after teams start signing drafted players. I believe the Bears will look to this second wave of free agency to address FS and probably wide receiver.
Oftentimes, these second wave cuts are pretty good players with high cap numbers so the Bears could get lucky.

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