Brief Chicago Bears Draft Preview...
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Responses by Sarah Spain, questions by Paul M. Banks
So give me a quick synopsis of three potential players who are likely to hear their names called at 14 on draft day, and tell me why they would fit in with Chicago's system….
I have absolutely no doubt that the Bears will take an OT in the first round. Jake Long and Ryan Clady will be gone, so I'm giving you two, not three guys. Barring any crazy trades or swaps, the Bears will take one of these two players at 14…
Chris Williams of Vanderbilt - Proven LT who is versatile enough to play LG, too. The Bears are still trying to figure out where and how their current guys fit in, so a flexible guy like Williams would give them options.
Jeff Otah of Pitt - Big bodied, strong LT with limited experience but a huge upside. Also versatile enough to play RT.
My favorite player in all of college football, Rashard Mendenhall, is the consensus 2 running back on everyone's draft boards. some mock drafts have him gone by the time the Bears are on the clock, others forecast him as the Bears pick and most have him as 15 picked by Detroit. So do you take the local product and hope to generate excitement even though you need someone to block for him, or do you let him go to the Lions and possibly burn you badly twice a year?
Gotta let him go. As I said in the Sports Bank draft preview, even Tom Brady couldn't succeed with our old-ass offensive line protecting him. Same goes for a running back. No protection = no production. Would love to see him in a Bears uniform but there's no way the Bears pass on a first round OT.
This is a very weak draft at QB, a Bears need, but the Bears also have glaring needs at WR, OL and RB. Which of these needs do you think they'll address first and with whom?
Sounds so good I'll say it again: Bears will take an OT first and it'll be Williams or Otah. After that, I see them taking an RB–that position is solid deep into the second and third rounds.
Your pick to be Mr. Irrelevant?
The actual 2008 Mr. Irrelevant? No clue. MY 2008 Mr. Irrelevant? Cedric Benson.