Re-Doing the Bears Draft

At Bear Report, we're giving the Bears a draft do-over. Let's take a look at what the 2011 class could have looked like had Chicago followed a different strategy that fills more needs.

Round 1 (29th overall)

Chicago: T, Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
Bear Report: T, Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin

The Bears went into the draft targeting one of six offensive linemen in the first round. Most analysts felt Carimi was a top-20 pick, so when he fell to 29, Chicago's decision was easy. He'll be able to come in and fill a dire position of need right away at tackle. He's a road-grader and should be a solid contributor in Chicago for many years to come.

Round 2 (53rd overall)

Chicago: DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State
Bear Report: DT Terrell McClain, South Florida

In our scenario, Chicago chooses not to trade up and stays at its original spot in the second round (62nd overall). The team does not give away its fourth round selection and still gets a quality defensive tackle in Terrell McClain. The 6-2, 297-pounder is a disruptive run defender who gets off the ball quickly and can penetrate the gaps as a 3-technique lineman. His pass-rush skills are on par with Paea's. McClain went three picks later to the Carolina Panthers.

G Clint Boling
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Round 3 (93rd overall)

Chicago: S Chris Conte, California
Bear Report: G Clint Boling, Georgia

Instead of drafting for perceived value, Chicago instead grabs a player at a position of crucial need. Boling is a very experienced, savvy offensive lineman who has great technique and awareness. He understands the finer points of playing the position and showed he is comfortable playing in both zone- and man-blocking schemes. He would have been a substantial upgrade to Chris Williams at left guard. Boling went eight picks later to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Round 4 (127th overall)

Chicago: No pick
Bear Report: CB Davon House, New Mexico State

In this do-over, Chicago hangs on to its 4th rounder and takes House. The 6'1, 200-pounder has the size and sped (4.5 40) to be a force in a Cover-2 system. He excels in press coverage, using his physicality to outmuscle smaller receivers. He's a very aggressive player who is not afraid to come up in run support, yet has the quickness to cover large zone areas. House went four picks later to the Green Bay Packers.

Round 5 (160th overall)

Chicago: QB Nathan Enderle, Idaho
Bear Report: LB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina

Instead of drafting another quarterback, the Bears instead choose to grab a player who has the chance to actually see the field. Sturdivant (6-2, 241) was considered a third-round talent by some and fell in the draft mainly due to a hamstring injury that caused him to miss five games last season. He is a very instinctive linebacker who shows a good closing burst. His work in zone coverage is above average and he has enough speed to run with tight ends. He gets eaten up by bigger blockers but his quickness would have made him a great fit in the Cover 2. He went 11 picks later to the Arizona Cardinals.

Round 6 (195th overall)

Chicago: LB J.T. Thomas, West Virginia
Bear Report: S Tyler Sash, Iowa

Having filled a need at linebacker in the previous round, the Bears address the safety position with the team's final pick in the draft. Sash is a strong safety that doesn't have great speed and needs to work on his coverage skills. He's a big hitter though who plays more like a linebacker than a safety. He's an intelligent player who could learn behind Chris Harris and challenge for a starting spot down the line. At the very least, he'll be a very good special teams player. Sash went three picks later to the New York Giants.

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