With Recent Departures, Bears Draft Woes Really Evident

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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Shea McClellin (Boise State) as the number nineteen overall pick to the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

2012

Phil Emery’s first draft at the controls.  He shocked everyone taking McClellin and passing on Chandler Jones and Whitney Mercilus.  The Bears would have had a pair of 3rd round picks (they had one from the Greg Olsen trade in 2011) but traded their own 3rd in ’12 and ’13 to the Dolphins for Brandon Marshall.  He traded the 5th round pick to move up in the second round to select Alshon Jeffery.  Looks like those trades panned out.

Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 19 Shea McClellin Defensive end Boise State
2 45 Alshon Jeffery Wide receiver South Carolina From St. Louis Rams
3 79 Brandon Hardin Safety Oregon State
4 111 Evan Rodriguez Fullback/Tight end Temple
6 184 Isaiah Frey Cornerback Nevada
7 220 Greg McCoy Cornerback/Kick returner TCU

McClellin is headed to a position change after just a couple of failed years at DE.  Hardin was another reach that busted out and E-Rod had issues of his own.  At least the Bears hit a home run on Jeffery.

Number of draft picks on 2014 roster = 3

2013

The Bears headed into the draft only missing the third round pick from the Brandon Marshall trade.  Emery surprised again with an unconventional pick in the first.

Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 20 Kyle Long * Offensive tackle Oregon
2 50 Jon Bostic Linebacker Florida
4 117 Khaseem Greene Linebacker Rutgers
5 163 Jordan Mills Offensive tackle Louisiana Tech
6 188 Cornelius Washington Defensive end Georgia From Atlanta Falcons
7 236 Marquess Wilson Wide receiver Washington State From Atlanta Falcons

The latest draft class is still all in tact. Kyle Long went to a Pro Bowl in his rookie season and Jordan Mills started all 16 games as a rookie.  Marquess Wilson will be expected to take a step forward in his second season.  Linebackers Bostic and Greene had opportunities but failed to cash in.  Cornelius Washington is a project.

Number of draft picks on 2014 roster = 6

The lifeblood of your team are draft picks.  Look at how few are on this team.  Phil Emery is trying to dig out from a colossal mess that Jerry Angelo left him and some of his first couple of drafts leave some big misses to go with some solid hits.  If the Bears want to be a consistent contender, this is where Emery needs to make some big improvements.

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  • Charles Spencer King

    Good article Boomer, bravo.

  • http://www.goodshepherdamericanbullies.com Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    In Angelo’s defense on the Carimi pick , everybody & their Grandma agreed at the time that Carimi was a total steal where we got him in the draft. Same with David Terrell back in the day