Bears Draft Review

The Bears bestowed their first five draft picks on a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league last season, while ignoring an offense that was No. 29 in yards.

"I'm surprised," a happy defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said. "I hit for the cycle. I got a D-lineman, I got a linebacker, I got a safety, and I got a corner. We're 4-for-4."

On Sunday the Bears added Arizona State linebacker Jamar Williams in the fourth round (120th overall) and then made it 5-for-5 with Alabama defensive end Mark Anderson in the fifth round (159th). They joined second-round defensive backs Danieal Manning and Devin Hester and third-round defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek.

Not until the 195th pick did the Bears look to offense, adding Oklahoma FB J.D. Runnels and then five picks later taking Penn State guard Tyler Reed.

"Last year we took all offense until the last two picks, so it's the defense's turn," Bears director of college scouting Greg Gabriel said in jest. "No, we're (just) going by the board."

Tight end was considered the biggest team need, and this was one of the deepest groups at that position in the last 10 years, but the Bears were shut out.

"The tight ends are gone," Gabriel said after the fifth round. "You can't create one."

Gabriel didn't regret missing out on the nine tight ends that were grabbed in the first 98 picks.

"You have to go with value," he said. "You're not going to stretch to take a player. If you do, you're making a mistake, and it comes back to haunt you.

"We thought (we'd get a tight end). We hoped we would get one somewhere along the way, but you have to take value. Every time we were drafting, there was better value at another position. And the guys we've gotten so far are all good football players that are going to make this team and help us win."

The Bears signed Oregon's Timothy Day and Auburn's Cooper Wallace after striking out in the draft.

"We had a couple guys in mind," general manager Jerry Angelo said. "Unfortunately it didn't work out. One went about seven or eight picks before we were prepared to take him."

Notre Dame's highly regarded tight end Anthony Fasano went to the Rams 53rd overall, four spots before the Bears took Hester. Colorado tight end Joe Klopfenstein went 46th to the Cardinals, four picks after Manning.

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