Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.
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Thursday night the NFL Draft will be held, and as things currently sit, the Chicago Bears will be making the 14th pick. This could all change before the Bears are officially on the clock, though. Maybe the Bears will trade up to grab somebody they covet, or maybe they’ll trade down to get more picks. We don’t know.
What we do know is that if the Bears do make a selection in the first round on Thursday night, no matter who they choose, that player is probably going to suck.
I watch college football for a living, not just because I love it. That’s why I spend so many Tuesday and Wednesday nights during the fall watching two teams from the MAC go at it, and more often than not one of those teams is Northern Illinois.
And I loved watching Jordan Lynch play quarterback for the Huskies. The kid was basically a battering ram with a football in his hands. At times he looked like a teenager trying to be tackled by a bunch of kindergarteners, dragging multiple defenders for yards at a time. It was awesome.
What’s not nearly as awesome is the idea of the Bears using a draft pick on Jordan Lynch.
Can the numbers give Phil Emery a better idea of which direction to go in the first round?
I haven’t made a secret of the fact that when it comes to their first round pick in May, I want the Bears to take defensive tackle Aaron Donald out of Pitt. Considering how many weaknesses there are on the Bears defense, though, opinions on what the team should do certainly vary.
There’s those on my side of the fence, who believe rebuilding through the defensive line is the way to go. Then there are those who see the way safeties have made out on the free agent market, as well as the evolving nature of the NFL game, and feel that shoring up the back line with an elite player is the way to go.