Describe the Chicago Bears 2012 Draft in ONE Word

Phil Emery’s first draft at the wheel for the Chicago Bears is in the books.  I’m not really sure what to make of it.  We can go around and try to assign a grade, but let’s face it, we’re kidding ourselves to try to see into the future to see what these guys will turn out to be in a year or two, or hopefully more.  Like you and most people, I rely on the opinions of the Mel Kiper Jr’s and Todd McShays of the world to form my opinion for who should go and what they’re going to be.

Maybe I’ve been sullied by years of Jerry Angelo drafts?  Maybe I’m just getting to be more of a grumpy old man?  I wasn’t doing cartwheels over this draft.   I was left thinking that Phil Emery was trying to show that he was the smartest person in the room; that he saw traits in these players that merited their selections, often higher than most thought they should go.

It also left me wondering a bit about Lovie Smith’s future with the Bears.  When you see a guy like Shea McClellin selected in the first round, a guy who is thought to be better suited to a 3-4 defense, does that mean that Phil is looking toward a future when he could move on without Lovie and his 4-3, Cover-2 defense? 

I was encouraged to see a couple picks devoted to the offense, especially Alshon Jeffery, although he comes with some question marks himself. If he is properly motivated, he could be the real deal.

I think the Bears will have a formidable offense IF and only if they can keep Jay Cutler’s jersey clean.  Getting a top backup QB is not my idea of adequate protection for your quarterback.  The Bears have been telling us since Free Agency opened that they’re confident with the group of offensive linemen they have.  I guess they meant it, because they continued to back the core group that they’re bringing back, including J’Marcus Webb anchoring the critical LT position.

The Bears drafted another safety in Brandon Hardin; that’s 8 years running for those keeping score at home.  But this safety didn’t play in 2011 after suffering a season ending shoulder injury.  It’s an interesting pick that many “experts” thought might go much later in the draft.

As for the 4th rounder, fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez, it’s another questionable pick.  With a much higher TE prospect on the board in Orson Charles, the Bears took a flier on an undersized H-back type with a big red flag in the character department.  Besides, a fairly highly ranked offensive tackle Bobby Massie, with some laziness red flags of his own was left sitting there for the Arizona Cardinals to select with the next pick.

I was trying to find a single word that I’d use to describe this draft and my word is RISKY.  It’s risky because I thought Phil took a lot of risks throughout the draft.  Risky players, risky fits selected at risky times.  I reached out to the Twitter-verse and posed this question – Describe the Chicago Bears Draft in ONE word.  Here are some of the responses I got:







I also got words like Intriguing, Different, Impending, Offensive, Depth and Arrogant.

What do YOU think?  What one word would you use to describe the Bears’ 2012 draft?

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  • mistermarcus2u

    @bearsbuzztap Exciting

  • Charles Pierre Paul


  • jt122


  • hoonj81

    Deja vu

  • Themeat54

    @bearsbuzztap Assertive

  • dasnut7

    @bearsbuzztap Perplexing

  • Mr.Pickles

    “shit” that made me laugh out loud. I’ll go with confounding.

  • UCF_Bear


  • dhunter

    Not sure if “deja vu” is one word or not but I like it.

  • kengrad

    Not in the way it is commonly used to mean great, but it’s more traditional definition- to inspire fear or reverence.
    this draft will either be great and we will be filled with reverence, or it will be a disaster and we will be filled with fear.
    You bears fans are starting to remind my of a nervous pretty girl before her first school dance on  this o-line stuff. Everything will be fine. it’s not martz anymore, we have a WR now. i know the year started rough and ended rough, and the bears haven’t had an offense since the 80s, but you all act like 30+ ppg was a dream. it really happened guys this offense can really play at that level consistently. with the addition of marshal and bush the bears have an outstanding offense.
    I like the whole one word premiss, but did I break the rules by explaining why i chose the one word? I treated it like the PTI segment.

  • flowermike


  • BearGogglesOn

     @flowermike Good word! I can’t hear that word and not think of Shawshank Redemption.

  • BearGogglesOn

     @kengrad Bonus points for supporting your argument.  Double bonus for taking a common sense approach.  I think O-line won’t be as bad as we think, but with that said, they could have added some talent to help add some depth and healthy competition.

  • BearGogglesOn

     @UCF_Bear Could you elaborate on this one?  I’m a little unsure if this is a good thing or bad thing.

  • BearGogglesOn

     @dhunter Wanting as in reaching?

  • BearGogglesOn

     @hoonj81 I’ll allow it.

  • UCF_Bear

     @BearGogglesOn  Sure thing.  Here are two basic definitions of prospective: 
    1.  (of a person) Expected or expecting to be something particular in the future.
    2.  Likely to happen at a future date; concerned with or applying to the future
    While this draft was about finding immediate impact players, the method of selecting and the player types selected speaks expectationally of how Emery will conduct his drafts in the future.  The Bears won’t jump on the Mock Draft bandwagons or select players left in later rounds simply because they have high marks on them (i.e. Bobbie Massie).  Down to the very last round Emery attacked positions he felt needed depth or reinvigoration.  Next year’s draft may not go directly for immediate impact players, but don’t expect someone highly mocked (i.e. Michale Floyd) to a candidate swaying this front office’s opinions.  I see this as a positive and I think the draft was prospective because these players are expected to distinctly hit that ceiling that Boomer talked about in the “Innocent until proven Angelo” article.  This answer may sound generic because you always draft for a player’s potential, but I get a different sense of where Emery was going with these guys.
    Prospective, we can expect certain things to happen on Emery’s watch now and in the future (getting necessary weapons – Marshall, Jeffrey, Bush, Weems; Pursuing depth – Bush, Campbell, Costanzo, Hayden, Hayes, McCown, Rachal, Thomas, and Whilhite).  I really like how this GM is trying to sure up the team.  He’s prospective, working now and taking the future (immediate or distant) into account with his actions.  GO EMERY BEAR DOWN!

  • DavidFritch

    Should have at the very least attempted to get Eric Winston in free agency. I’m a KC fan but also love the Bears (weird combo I know). I was glad to see that KC picked him up but disappointed that Chicago didn’t even show an attempt for him…possibly the best RT in the NFL.