In early February mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Chicago Tribune that there were two things he wanted to bring to Chicago: the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft. While the Super Bowl seems to be a losing battle, it looks like Rahm just might win the other one.
After three days the NFL Draft has finally concluded, and the Bears made eight picks. With them, the Bears hope to fill some obvious needs and ensure a team that finished 8-8 last season has enough talent to make a Super Bowl run.
That’s all well and good, but none of it matters nearly as much as ranking the Bears draft picks against one another. That’s right, the Bears Draft Pick Power Rankings you’ve been demanding are now officially here!
Am I really about to write a post about a punter? Did the Bears really draft a punter?
Listen, I’m not going to knock the importance of a punter on your football team. They have value, okay? I get that. But I don’t think they would have had more value than a linebacker like Shayne Skov or a defensive end like Jackson Jeffcoat.
But Patrick O’Donnell is a Bear, and here’s what I know.
He catches the snap from the long-snapper on fourth down and then kicks it high in the air. I also know that O’Donnell was second in the FBS with an average punt of 47.13 yards per last season. So, you know, he’s good at punting.
But he’s a punter, so whatever.
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I thought the Bears would consider a quarterback in the late rounds, and the Bears did more than consider a quarterback. They drafted one.
With their first pick of the sixth round the Bears took David Fales from San Jose State, and it’s a pick I like.
Well it’s obvious that Phil Emery and the Bears liked Minnesota safety Brock Vereen. Not only because they drafted him, but because they traded up in the draft to make sure they got him.
And while Vereen wasn’t the top safety on my board for the Bears, I did write about him as a possible target Friday.
The Bears finally went to the offensive well in the fourth round, and I couldn’t be happier with the pick. In Thursday’s NFL Draft mailbag I was asked who I thought the first offensive player the Bears took would be, so what I did was I just named the offensive player I wanted the Bears to take.
And the Bears took that guy.
They took one of my guys!
The Bears went ahead and followed up their project defensive tackle pick in the second round with a defensive tackle that comes with all his parts assembled in Will Sutton. I’m a Will Sutton fan, truly. If you don’t believe me, just read what I wrote about him earlier today.
Earlier today I wrote a preview of players I thought the Bears would consider tonight. Shortly after finishing it, I went on Twitter and joked that I had just written 2,000 words about a bunch of players that the Bears aren’t going to draft.
So at least I was right about one thing.
The NFL Draft continues tonight with the Bears getting the 19th pick of the second round (51st overall) and the 18th pick of the third round (82nd overall). I don’t know who the Bears are going to take with those picks, but I have an idea of what Phil Emery likes, and what the Bears could be looking at. Of course, since I have no idea who’s going to be available in the third round, I’m going to focus on that 51st pick.
With the Bears picking in the middle of the second round and with the team having addressed one of its needs at cornerback on Thursday night, I have a decent idea of who could be available. So, who should they go after? Plenty of guys, but here are a few I think could be on Phil Emery’s board. Continue reading
Aaron Donald almost fell to the Bears at No. 14. I don’t know for sure that the Bears would have taken him, but I’d like to think they would. We’ll never know, because St. Louis took him at No. 13 and the Bears decided to go with cornerback Kyle Fuller out of Virginia Tech.
My initial response is one of ennui.