Before saying that you do not like a pick by the Chicago Bears, consider who else they could have taken
Every year you will hear analysits says that they love or hate a draft by the particular team. However, if they hate the draft, they do not point out how they would have handled it. It is much harder with the Chicago Bears who had limited draft capital and later than normal picks.
They really had to find diamonds in the rough and needed to rely on their scouts to have players in mind that should be there. While everything is tough to judge at the time, and the Bears may have thought some of these options could have fallen, here are some of the best options that were drafted between each pick. Would you take any of these players over the players the Bears drafted?
Are there any players on your mind that they should have taken at specific spots?
Round 3: David Montgomery Options Passed On: Chase Winovich, Michael Deiter, Jace Sternberger
The Chicago Bears had interest in tight end, and Sternberger went to the rival Packers two picks later. These two teams will likely always be compared to each other. Chase Winovich would have been a perfect rotational edge rusher, and Michael Deiter would have added much needed depth on the interior of the offensive line. Still, if they did not trade up for Montgomery, there would have been a big drop off in backs.
Round 4: Riley Ridley, Options passed on: John Cominsky, Foster Moreau, Deionte Thompson
When the Chicago Bears drafted Riley Ridley, they added a surprising pass catcher. What may have made it more surprising was that they passed up Foster Moreau, a tight end who seems to have an easier path to the field. With Trey Burton as a limited blocker, and Adam Shaheen still questionable, Moreau could have been a nice compliment.
Eddie Jackson was an Alabama safety who had a late injury plummet his draft stock. Similar can be said of Deionte Thompson, who was on the board when the Bears took Ridley. The team was not interested in extending the Bama tree in the back end.
John Cominsky is a high upside pass rusher who played at a small school, and we mocked to them in round seventh before. His upside and play at the Senior Bowl got him drafted higher, but he could have been a welcomed addition to the outside linebacker room.
Round 5: Duke Shelley Options passed on: Darwin Thompson, Kris Boyd, Mike Weber
The Chicago Bears double dipped on running backs a round later, but could have done so a bit earlier with Mike Weber or Darwin Thompson. The Bears had interest in Weber, and Thompson would have been a similar player to Kerrith Whyte, as we identified here.
Other than that they could have stayed in the Big 12 with Kris Boyd from Texas, who showed more athletic than Shelley and did not have an injury question. However, if Shelley is healthy, he may be the better option. In this case, you have to trust the Bears Drs.
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Round 7: Kerrith Whyte Options passed on: Jimmy Moreland, Tommy Sweeney, Alize Mack
Had they gone with Thompson or Weber in round five, it could have been the slot cornerback Jimmy Moreland in round seven, a fit we targeted as well. Still, like Boyd, the Bears clearly favored Shelley, and time will tell.
Sweeney and Mack present tight end options. It was surprising to see them not take any tight ends, considering Dion Sims was hardly replaced.
Round 7: Stephen Denmark Options passed on:Jalen Jelks, Jordan Brailford, Beau Benzschawel
Jalen Jelks and Jordan Brailford were potential depth pass rushers. Jelks met with the Bears, and Brailford had a lot of upside, which profiles similarly to a late round Bears pick. Beau Benzschawel is the most surprising player to see here, coming from Wisconsin. Still, Harry Hiestand had his chances to draft the guard and passed on him. Hiestand brought in a group of guard products and Beau Benzschawel was not one of them either. It will be interesting to see who he develops and how they compare to Beau Benzschawel.