Phil Emery and the Chicago Bears have another draft class under their belts. We’re starting to learn more about the new GM and he definitely has some tendencies and gravitates toward certain kinds of players. Let’s look at each of his selections and grade each and provide an overall grade at the end.
Kyle Long, OG, Oregon
Need: The Bears could use all the talent they could get on the offensive line. They added some help in free agency, so it wasn’t urgent.
Value: Most think this pick was a reach, projecting Long either later in the round or in the next round. The Bears might have been able to trade down a few spots and still grabbed him, so I don’t think this was a good value pick.
Passed on: TE Tyler Eifert, CB’s Xavier Rhodes and Marcus Trufant, DT Sharrif Floyd, LB Ale Ogletree
Jon Bostic, LB, Florida
Need: The Bears had a big need at linebacker. Even though they signed a couple of veterans, they need to get younger on D.
Value: Most experts had Bostic tabbed as a 2nd or 3rd round selection, so they got decent value. With a couple of the top LB prospects already off the board, including Alec Ogletree, Manti Te’o, Kevin Minter and Kiko Alonso off the board, the Bears got a solid prospect in this spot.
Passed On: Most notably, the Bears passed on Arthur Brown, the Kansas State linebacker who many had linked to the Bears. The Baltimore Ravens picked him up and they don’t usually don’t miss on picks, so it will be telling to see how their careers unfold. Also worth noting that a lot of QB’s were available in round 2 and without a third round pick, it limited their opportunity. A first round trade down could have helped in this area.