JC's Live Draft Blog: Rounds 4-7

Yesterday was one of the longest days in my journalism career. I arrived at Halas Hall before 10:00 a.m. yesterday morning and finally headed back home to the city a few minutes before midnight. But I'm already back in Lake Forest and ready for more, it will be interesting to see if Jerry Angelo can cement his reputation as a Day 2 genius. Let's get rolling, Bears fans.

7:10 PM
And with that, Bears fans, I'm signing off for the weekend. I've got a doctor's appointment first thing in the morning to see if I can't get this carpal tunnel syndrome fixed and stop this vicious bleeding from my eyes. What a life I lead, I swear ...

5:59 PM
We're all just waiting in the auditorium for Jerry Angelo to come out of his crystal palace upstairs and talk to us one last time. I'm sure he's on the phone like a madman trying to line up as many free agent acquisitions as possible, but hey, I'm tired of waiting. I've literally spent 22 of the last 32 hours in this building and am just about ready to go skydiving sans parachute ...

4:56 PM
Aaron Brant, an offensive tackle from Iowa State is the ninth and final selection for the Bears at No. 241 overall. I really thought Jerry Angelo might take two O-linemen on the first day of the draft, and while he did take two, both of them came on the second day. Looks like he's committed to signing free agents to fill the holes there and would rather replenish the rest of his roster through the draft ...

4:21 PM
I must be hallucinating from the lack of sleep and too much typing because I swear I just heard Elvis get drafted by Tennessee in the seventh round ...

4:09 PM
I'm not ignoring the draft blog, I swear. It's just been a little bit of a circus up here at Halas Hall. Although admittedly, we spent some time watching the Bulls close out the Heat in the NBA playoffs. I do find it interesting that Jerry Angelo took his third straight defensive back with the selection of Trumaine McBride at No. 221. But I don't blame him because that secondary was never the same after Mike Brown went down last season ...

2:10 PM
For the second time in this draft, the Bears had back-to-back selections. One pick after taking Kevin Payne at No. 167, they grab cornerback Corey Graham at No. 168. Payne played at the same school Chris Harris did, and Graham played at the same school Jerry Azumah did. We're not talking about Michigan and USC here. It's Louisiana-Monroe and New Hampshire, respectively ...

1:57 PM
One of the Bears' two fifth-rounders, safety Kevin Payne, actually replaced Chris Harris at Louisiana-Monroe two years ago. That's good to know since he'll probably replace Harris on the depth chart here in Chicago, too. If you're shopping for a Bears jersey in the near future, I'd stay away from the Harris No. 46 ...

1:19 PM
The Bears are on the clock right now in the fifth round, and I'm not even going to sugarcoat it here. I have no clue who they're targeting right now. Your guess is as good as mine, although a receiver would make some people happy ...

12:52 PM
Remember when there was a lot of talk about the Bears possibly looking at Kevin Boss as a sleeper tight end in the seventh round? He just went in Round 5 to the Giants. Good thing Greg Olsen fell to No. 31, I guess ...

12:37 PM
I can see Troy Smith being taken in the fifth round and making a career in the NFL as a backup quarterback, but I don't know what I'll do if Chris Leak gets drafted. And honestly, it has nothing to do with the fact that he's a Gator and I'm a Seminole. He's short, has zero arm strength, isn't mobile, and based on everything I've heard coming out of Gainesville, he was the biggest (rhymes with "wussy") on the team ...

11:59 AM
Jerry Angelo finally addresses his aging offensive line with the selection of Josh Beekman. He actually played both guard and center at Boston College, and I'm not just talking about during his career. I mean he literally played every third series or so at center despite being listed as a starting guard. I've never of heard that before. And according to offensive coordinator Ron Turner a few minutes ago, neither had he ...

11:36 AM
Chris Davis just went off the board to the Titans at No. 128 in Round 4. I really thought he could have been a good choice for the Bears, although admittedly, I had him as a fifth-round choice. I watched him play a ton at Florida State and firmly believe that he could be a better slot receiver than Rashied Davis pretty much right away ...

11:24 AM
Seriously, Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin looks younger than half the players who have been drafted so far ...

10:55 AM
Mel Kiper Jr.'s two best available players on his board right now are a kicker and a punter. And we're not even half-way through Round 4. I need a drink already ...

10:39 AM
Another top receiver in this league, Darrell Jackson, just got dealt from the Seahawks to the 49ers for a fourth-rounder, as well. The Bears still have not addressed the wideout position like a lot of experts figured they would. Maybe they should get on the horn and see if they can make a deal for an established veteran instead of taking a flyer on a second-day prospect that probably has a 2% chance of making any real impact in his career ...

10:28 AM
Two years ago, Randy Moss is the most dangerous receiver in the NFL and arguably the most feared player in all of football. Today, he gets shipped from the Raiders to the Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick. Tom Brady had nobody to throw the ball to last season, but now he has both Moss and Donte' Stallworth at his disposal. That defense looks a lot better to after signing Adalius Thomas and drafting Brandon Meriweather, too. The Colts may have the Vince Lombardi Trophy right now, but the Pats have to be the favorite in the AFC heading into 2007 ...

10:08 AM
I'm tired. I'm sore. I'm hungry. But none of that matters right now. After logging about 15 hours of NFL Draft coverage on Saturday, I'm already locked and loaded for another 12 or so on Sunday. Don't cry for me, Argentina. Just like Tony Soprano has been known to say, "This is the life we chose." On to the action ...

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and Editor in Chief of BearReport.com. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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