Chicago Bears 2012 Draft Advice from the DeCon

Hey gang, I have been on sabbatical since the season ended.  It is only now I can resign my self to the fact that if the Bears had a quality #2 QB behind Jay Cutler, things may have turned out a whole lot differently in 2011, but alas, here we are in the throngs of a new “safe” GM, a tagged Matt Forte, oodles of cash under the cap and the 2012 NFL Draft on tap in less than 2 months.  In that vain, I figured it would be a good time to give the Bears some advice on what they should do in round 1 of the NFL Draft…follow me to the other side for advice that will surely be ignored…but should it???

The Bears find themselves with the 19th pick in the NFL Draft this year and while the needs are endless, I find it hard to believe the Bears will find an impact player for the 2012 season, so why not restock the cupboards for the future.  I mean with $28M or so under the cap, the Bears should use that money on free agents that have a better chance of making the Bears a contender in 2012.

With the key pieces of the defense all on the wrong side of 30, the Bears need to look at the future of their defense.  Specifically, I think they should target the heir apparent to Brian Urlacher.  I love Lach, but he likely only has 2-3 quality seasons left in him and since the Bears are known for their history at the MLB position, there is no better player to continue that legacy than one Luke Kuechly from Boston College.

 

Do those eyes remind you of anyone???

The kid has all the measurables, 6’2, 235lbs and had more than 500 tackles in three seasons at Boston College.  He also fits the bill as a quality individual with impecable character, something the Bears brass typically looks for.  Finally, the kid, by all accounts, LOVES football.  Sounds like something to get excited about, eh?

A recent mock draft by Dan Durkin at CBS Chicago has Kuechly going at pick #15 to the Philadelphia Eagles, a mere 4 picks before the Beloved.  But, I told you I had some advice and the Bears SHOULD move up in the draft to nab him.  Based on the NFL Draft pick value chart, the Bears pick #19 is valued at 875 points.  Remember, the Bears also have the Panthers 3rd round pick, which should be pick #73 which is valued at 225 points.  Some quick math tells me those 2 picks add up to 1,100 which is equivalent to the value of pick #14, currently held by the Dallas Cowboys.  You know Jerry Jones likes to wheel and deal, so trading picks 19 and 73 for 14 should be doable and perhaps the Bears could get 13 or even 12 as the NFL Draft pick value chart is only a guide.  In doing so, the Bears could add some depth at a position of need that only has 2 true starters with Urlacher and Lance Briggs and allow Kuechly some time to adapt to the NFL game.  Makes perfect sense to me, but will the Bears do it???  That, my friends, is the million dollar question.

What do you all think???

CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!?!?!?!

The DeCon has spoken, so let it be written, so let it be done…

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  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    Yes the Bears need to restock the defense but this is not the year to do so. Not with the first pick anyway. Trading up I agree with but to get a receiver or left tackle. The Bears window is getting smaller and the offense is relatively young but needs to be upgraded. It may be a stretch to say a good offense will lead to more longevity from the aging defense but it could. The Bears need to strike now while the defense is still playing at a high level. The days of great defenses carrying a team to the super bowl may be behind us we need to be more balanced

  • http://[email protected] mcrann1

    When you get done with with that will there  be anything else to build with. You always overpay in free agency. If I were thinking man I might trade down for additional selections.

  • DeCon76

    Beardownone…while I agree an upgrade at WR and OL would help, I just don’t see the immediate impact AND I don’t know if I trus this coaching staff to develop either position, especially WR.  I think Tice will do a good job with the OL, but we have a decent amount of youth there already, which is why I think a vet or 2 on the OL is better for the Bears this season and Kuechly fits the bill to begin stockpiling your defensive talent which can be mentored by 4 Pro Bowlers from last season (Lach, Briggs, Pepp and Peanut).  They are the best coaches you can have anyway…if Kuechly follows their examples and keeps on loving football, i think the sky’s the limit for the kid.

  • Johnpierrebeatz

    I disagree full heartedly. The bears shouldn’t be thinking mlb in the first round. last year, the experts said that the bears defense would suck because they were too old, had it not been for the defense last year, we would have given up about 60 points per game in the final 7 games. True, they do need a mlb to back up urlacher and maybe take over for him a few years from now, but I wouldnt waste such a high first round pick on another defensive player… That’s what the bears have been doing for years with their high draft picks and while we have a great defense (aged as they might be), our offense is still very mediocre. What the bears need our receivers. This draft class is pretty deep so with the 19 overall pick, the bears should be able a receiver that can make a difference…. I say get michael Floyd, nick toon, Tommy streeter, or someone like that… Jay cutler is only as good add his weapons… Phil emery has already said he isn’t going to spend a lot in free agency (the mccaskey way) so unless u can get vincent jackson or dwayne bowe, u really do not have a choice but to get a top flight . I don’t, think u even need an OL. tice is running the show now and has shown when he has his, linemen healthy, they can, play with minimal errors, so long as the gam plan is not going to set the QB up for failure. So if u take an OL, I wouldn’t do it til the third round… But we must remember that carimi is expected to return and they finally cut omiyale. So they are headed in the right direction as in terms of filling the, roster with quality… The final piece needed is a, quality WR.

  • Johnpierrebeatz

    I disagree full heartedly. The bears shouldn’t be thinking mlb in the first round. last year, the experts said that the bears defense would suck because they were too old, had it not been for the defense last year, we would have given up about 60 points per game in the final 7 games. True, they do need a mlb to back up urlacher and maybe take over for him a few years from now, but I wouldnt waste such a high first round pick on another defensive player… That’s what the bears have been doing for years with their high draft picks and while we have a great defense (aged as they might be), our offense is still very mediocre. What the bears need our receivers. This draft class is pretty deep so with the 19 overall pick, the bears should be able a receiver that can make a difference…. I say get michael Floyd, nick toon, Tommy streeter, or someone like that… Jay cutler is only as good add his weapons… Phil emery has already said he isn’t going to spend a lot in free agency (the mccaskey way) so unless u can get vincent jackson or dwayne bowe, u really do not have a choice but to get a top flight . I don’t, think u even need an OL. tice is running the show now and has shown when he has his, linemen healthy, they can, play with minimal errors, so long as the gam plan is not going to set the QB up for failure. So if u take an OL, I wouldn’t do it til the third round… But we must remember that carimi is expected to return and they finally cut omiyale. So they are headed in the right direction as in terms of filling the, roster with quality… The final piece needed is a, quality WR.

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  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    @DeCon76 I guess the best way to look at is is you always do what you always did you will always get what you have always got. I love that we have always had a strong defense but we have not won a super bowl in 26 years. I’m not saying ignore the defense, but it is time to address the offense. Why bring Cutler in of this is what they are going to do with him. As far as impact goes receiver and running back are two spots that have the quickest impact out of the draft so I think you may be off there. If the Bears can upgrade the offense this year through the draft and free agency there is plenty of time to go and get younger on the defense next year and the year after. Look what cutler did with the less then stellar cast around him last year. Imagine what he could do with a better class of players.

  • dhunter

    Decon, I think you are trying to change the Bears mindset too quickly and actually tell them to establish a game plan. Angelo drafted and bought free agents to try to win now and it almost worked in 2010. Kuechly would be a nice addition and would signal the change in philosophy to draft the best player available instead of just trying to fill holes. But I have seen mocks where he is going as high as 12. I don’t think he would be there at 19 and that high 3rd round pick from Carolina may be too much to pay to go up and get him.
     
    If you really want to make a splash in free agency while getting a bona fide talent with your 1st Round pick, go make an offer to Mike Wallace. I don’t think Bowe, Vincent Jackson or Colston are going anywhere and they will command the highest price tag. Although the Steelers have been clearing cap space, they could not match a strong offer to Wallace. Then follow it up by getting Nick Toon in the 2nd. You can then draft all defense after that.
     
    I know this sounds crazy especially since I’m more of a defensive guy, but addressing the WR issue first makes Cutler, Forte, Bennett, any TE and the entire OL better immediately and for the future.  Drafting Kuechly does not do that.

  • flowermike

    The investment in Cutler demands further investment in the offense. The OL needs urgent help, plenty of quality FA wide receivers out there and several talents will be available in the second round. Keeping Jay upright is the key and I’m not convinced that Carimi isn’t another Williams. 
     
    The window is closing on this team and we need to score to support the aging defense. 

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