Dec 31, 2011; San Francisco CA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Whitney Mercilus (85) is blocked by UCLA Bruins offensive tackle Mike Harris (65) during the second quarter at AT

6 Players I Hope Are NOT on the Chicago Bears Draft Radar

Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery discussed having a short list of about 7 players which the Bears had targeted in the first round of the draft.  I shared my thoughts and hopes of who those players are here.  Now, I’ve got my list of 6 players which I hope the Bears leave off their short list for one reason or another.

Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

My apologies to Illini nation.  As an alum, I wish Mercilus all the success in the world, but I’m just not a believer.  I tend to shy away from guys who have had crazy production for one season.  He smells like a one-hit wonder to me.

Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

I was down on this guy before the positive marijuana test at the Combine, but that’s the cherry on top.  Who shows up to the biggest job interview of their life – where they KNOW they’ll be tested for drugs – with drugs in their system?  He started to rise on draft boards at the Senior Bowl, but he’s inconsistent at best.

At this point Adams lacks the great technique that would make him a reliable left tackle to protect a right-handed quarterback’s blind side. Given time he certainly could learn. Meantime, Adams already moves well enough to get into linebackers on the second level. He has a substantial frame with conspicuous muscle in the right places…

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Here’s an underwear Olympics champion.  I’m not sure Poe has what it takes to be a consistent performer at the next level.

Poe ran and jumped like a little man at the Combine, but showed the strength of the big guy that he is. He had 44 reps with 225 pounds and ran 40 yards in an unofficial time of 4.98 seconds, which would be acceptable for a linebacker or tight end 100 pounds lighter. Poe is obviously naturally gifted with size and strength, although some scouts are concerned that he doesn’t always play up to his ability.

Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

He’s a product of RG3′s success at Baylor.  Wright is a bit undersized at 5’10″ and we’ve seen that movie before. The Bears already have Hester, Knox and Bennett to fit that slot receiver mold.  If the Bears go wide receiver, I’d rather see them get another big target who can be a threat in the red zone.

Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

Widely considered the top tight end in the draft, I’m not sold on Fleener.  He seems to be in the mold of the Jimmy Grahams of the world, but I don’t think he’s at that elite level.  In the second round, I’d love this pick, but not as a first rounder with so many other urgent needs to fill.

Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

I’m going back to back Standford guys.  I talked earlier about how Kendall Wright was a beneficiary of RG3′s success.  Similar marks for Fleener and OT Jonathan Martin.  Stanford’s system, run by #1 overall pick Andrew Luck, was based on quick releases.   See if this raises any red flags:

Some scouts believe that Stanford’s zone blocking scheme helped Martin maximize his results and that he will need more strength to battle the behemoths he will encounter in the NFL. That concern was amplified when, after not working out at the Scouting Combine, Martin managed only 20 reps on the bench with 225 pounds at Stanford’s pro day. He does flash some attitude on the field, but is far from a bully.

He’s another guy I’d be thrilled with as a 2nd rounder, but I just don’t like him at #19.

The draft is just 48 hours away.


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  • City

    Hey Boom!
    Wow, I am in total agreement on these picks! Mercilus has a great name, but I see him as a bust at the pro level. Martin… meh. Kendall Wright WILL be a solid player in the NFL, but the Bears just don’t need another small speedy guy. They need fast, big receivers.

  • City

    Hey Boom!
    Wow, I am in total agreement on these picks! Mercilus has a great name, but I see him as a bust at the pro level. Martin… meh. Kendall Wright WILL be a solid player in the NFL, but the Bears just don’t need another small speedy guy.
    Is there any chance the Bears might trade Forte for picks? It’s pretty obvious to me that he’s not going to play this year.

  • Phil_X

    I agree on Kendall Wright for sure. I live in Big XII country (Hook ‘Em) so dont’ know the others as well. If they go WR (which I don’t think they do in the 1st), they should not get anyone under 6’3″. The Bears have too many 6′ and under receivers.
    And @City, I don’t think they trade Forte for picks. Although I have wondered the same. I just hope Forte starts listening to himself instead of his agent. But hey, when the Bears are 5-1 he’ll be begging to play.

  • BearGogglesOn

     @City Good to hear from you City.  Glad we see eye to eye on guys we DON’T like for the Bears, which all but assures they’re going to take one of them.
    As for Forte, I don’t think there’s enough of a market out there for him, especially for what the Bears would be asking.  That said, there is NO WAY that he will hold out past the start of the season.  He can pout all he wants, but he will not miss that first game check which will be for almost as much as he made ALL of last season.  Under the new CBA, players get fined like $30,000 per day of a hold out .  Not sure on the particulars of that; I’ll look into it.  Either way, he will be playing next season in the Orange and Blue.

  • BearGogglesOn

     @Phil_X I agree on Forte.  I think he is getting some bad advice from his agent.  I just heard yesterday that he is represented by the same guy who represents MJD.  Word is, he’s trying to make a name for himself as THE go-to agent for RB’s.

  • UCF_Bear

     @Phil_X I’m totally in favor of moving Forte for picks, I want the Browns #22 and their #37 (5th in the 2nd rd).  That way the Beloved get 4 picks in the first 50 off the board.  Let the campaign start 24hrs before the “Thursday Night Lights” go on!