Quick Quotes: Day 2 Draft Picks

The Chicago Bears will be pumping fresh blood into the roster this weekend, as the NFL Draft means 11 new Midway Monsters soon to be making their way to the Windy City. Beth Gorr is on the scene at Halas Hall, talking with each selection right after he hears his name called. What do they have to say?

General manager Jerry Angelo and his closing comments
Talking about Harrison and talking about Steltz, we feel they're starters. I'm not saying they're going to come in and start for us this year. But we felt by our grades, coaches and scouts alike, that they are starting players. And that's why we stayed the course and we took them where we took them. We feel we came out of this draft with five potential starters. We've never really, since I've been here, been in agreement in the fourth round on a player, coaches and scouts alike, that this player can start. We do feel that about Craig Steltz. So this is the first time in my memory that we felt that way about a fourth-round pick. So that's why we stayed the course with him. We just felt going into this draft we wanted to get as many starters as we could, irrelevant of what positions they play. So that ties up the first part of the draft. ...

Monk's going to be an interesting prospect. We didn't really need a receiver. We really, really like this player. Had a really good junior year. Got an injury. He just had hit-or-miss his senior year. Had a real good workout at the University of Arkansas. Very good player. Houston Nutt kept text-messaging Chris Ballard, 'You've got to take this guy, you've got to take him. He's going to be a heck of a player for you, a great kid, a winner.' All those things we knew about, so they were great fans of his. A very good player. Has got great height, a big guy, an exceptional catcher. I don't know how the numbers are going to work out, but we really have got good competition at that position now. I feel we really have a talented group. ...

I didn't want to pass up a player that was a starter to take a quarterback that maybe could be a good backup. By our grades, I will agree that I didn't think that it was a great quarterback class. I thought earlier on, it was going to be pretty good. But the more we did research and evaluation, we just felt it was going to be a very mediocre and I think you saw that on how the players were picked. We didn't want to put a square peg in a round hole. We didn't want to manufacture a player because of a need, so we stayed the course. If we could have gotten a player that we targeted, we would have taken him.

Head coach Lovie Smith and his closing comments
We always would like to get a little bit more, but we feel like we filled most of our needs. From the third tight end position, to getting another running back, to the offensive line. You always look at the defensive line and cornerbacks. Getting another linebacker to go into the mix. We hit just about all of the positions, so we really do feel good. I know all coaches say that they feel good, but I think in time this could be a pretty good draft. ...

We've added a lot of players. We had a lot of picks in the draft. As you look at our history, especially with some of the later players, we've had a lot of success with them. A lot of the teams just look at what happens at the top of the draft, but we've had a lot of success with some of the later picks. We are expecting a lot of these players to come and contribute also. ...

There were some good quarterbacks in the draft. But as we started getting further along in the draft, we felt good about some of the players we could get a little bit later. As far as drafting guys, we didn't meet those needs. But once again, we will let it all sort out as far as free agency is concerned. We feel good about a few of the guys we may possibly be able to sign.

Chester Adams after being selected by the Bears
I'm basically just glad to be a Chicago Bear. I'm grateful for the opportunity. I'm ready to make this program what it should be and what it's going to be. ...

Guard. I can play both positions. It doesn't matter where they want to put me. I feel that my strength is at guard. They worked me out some at guard and tackle. I'm probably going to be a guard. ...

It's a long wait. You sit around and wait all day long. You're just watching T.V. I knew it was going to be the Bears over the phone.

Ervin Baldwin after being selected by the Bears
It's great to be a Bear. It's a dream come true. I've been playing this game all of my life, and it finally came true. I was so happy when I got that call from Coach Smith and everyone in the organization that I was going to become a Chicago Bear. It's a great feeling for me and my family right now. ...

I'm a player that has great intensity. As you know, I can rush the passer. But I can also stop the run. I can do both. I'm a player that gives 100 percent.

Director of College Scouting Greg Gabriel on Craig Steltz, Zack Bowman, and Kellen Davis
Steltz is a high-character guy, an aggressive player with great ball skills and instincts. He may not have gone higher in the draft due to his shoulder injury. He's not quite 100 percent yet in terms of getting his strength back. We're taking a chance here, feeling he has a strong upsde. ...

We saw Bowman as a potential first-rounder who dropped due to his knee injuries. He is 100 percent now. He feels that he's in good shape now, and so does the doctor. He was slightly rusty last year coming back from his knee surgery, so his last season may not have shown the stats he'd have liked. As he rehabbed his play improved significantly, and he looked great in the Combine ...

Davis is a fast, athletic, strong player. He's an excellent blocker, and at 265 pounds has good size. He gives us some depth. We see him as a third tight end.

Kellen Davis after being selected by the Bears
It feels great to be a Chicago Bear. It's a great city a great team and a great coach. This is a wonderful opportunity.

I was surprised I stayed on the board so long, as I was originally projected as a second- or third-round pick. But it's fine. I got to a place now where I feel I can flourish at the next level.

There's some good competition at my position. What I can bring is my ability to catch the ball and stretch the field. I can also run block. I played some defense in college and definitely enjoyed it, so I feel I can help out wherever I am needed. Special teams or whatever.

I like playing in the red zone. Being the tallest man in that situation is a definite advantage. Sometimes it seems to be the easiest thing that I do.

Zack Bowman after being selected by the Bears
I'm real excited to be a Bear. It's a wonderful opportunity to come in and help out. I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this point. ...

My knees are both feeling good. After the combine, my goal was to keep them that way. ...

I think that I'll be able to come in and help on special teams. I'd enjoy doing that. ...

I've traveled a lot in my life so far. My parents are in the military, so I grew up on a base in Alaska. Then I went to junior college in New Mexico and finally ended up at Nebraska. Now I'm looking forward to coming to Chicago.

Craig Steltz after being selected by the Bears
I'm really so excited to finally have this opportunity. After all the workouts and pro days, things like that, it's definitely time to move on. I'm interested to see where I'll fit in with the Bears and how I'll become part of the team. ...

I'm fortunate to have played in a strong program at LSU. I want to keep doing what I did there to help out and make a difference. I consider myself a hard worker. I wouldn't be in this position if that hadn't been the case. I had great teammates and learned how to win games. ...

I didn't work out at the combine, as I had a fractured right scapula. It's fine now, back to 100 percent and getting better every day ...

I'm an active guy. I like hunting, fishing, scuba diving. I even skydived once. I plan to take advantage of this exciting opportunity and help the team in a bunch of ways.

Director of College Scouting Greg Gabriel on Marcus Harrison
This is a talented and highly-productive player who we got at a bargain rate. We feel that if he hadn't been injured, he would have easily gone in the first round. He's a big strong guy who has agility and overall ability. ...

This is a situation we have examined closely in terms of risk and reward. We've spoken to his coaches, his attorney and the court. Marcus can continue the supervision program he is currently under right here. We feel that Marcus has made some mistakes in the past, but that he has paid the price.

Defensive coordinator Bob Babich on Marcus Harrison
We are pleased to have this talented, strong, athletic player. He can play the three-technique, but he is also strong enough to be a nose tackle. ...

It gives us depth through talent as well as flexibility on the defensive line, and we feel good about him as a player. This was not necessarily a need area for us, but we are confident he'll fit into our system.

Marcus Harrison after being selected by the Bears
This is a blessing, a dream come true. I'm excited about joining a team with a great defense and a coach like Lovie Smith. ...

I met Lovie this spring. He talked with me for about two hours, and he asked me then how I would like to be a Bear. He told me that I fit in and that if I was still available, he'd get me. He's a man of his word, and I definitely appreciate that. ...

I made a horrible mistake in the past, and I'm paying for that. But it is something that is behind me. I've moved on and made lifestyle changes. Every opportunity I get to demonstrate that is a blessing. If anything, this has made me want to play harder for this team and prove that I can work well for them. ...

As far as my health, every player at my position is going to get an injury. My rehab went well. I worked to regain my strength after surgery, and I missed no games during my senior year.

Director of College Scouting Greg Gabriel on Earl Bennett
Earl is a highly competitive player. He's a great route runner and great after the catch. We believe that he has starter talent, but whether he actually becomes a starter as a rookie remains to be seen. ...

Earl was a starter for three years at Vanderbilt. He had a good quarterback his first year, but after that I'd have difficulty telling you who he played with. ...

He was the leading receiver in the SEC and showed great speed in his game films. We've had him on our radar and feel he is rated higher than any of the receivers taken yesterday.

Offensive coordinator Ron Turner on Earl Bennett
We like Earl a lot. He's definitely a player we targeted early as a good all around receiver. Earl is a precise route runner who runs well after the catch. He's highly intelligent, so we expect him to be able to pick up our system quickly. Like the other two players taken so far, we expect Earl to compete right away. ...

Earl Bennett after being selected by the Bears
I'm ready to go, ready to come up and help Chicago win the Super Bowl. This is a good, strong team. I grew up watching Rex, and I'm looking forward to getting into this system. ...

I talked to Chris Williams last night. We're very good friends. I was hoping maybe we'd end up together. ...

I feel well prepared for this next level. The coaches at Vanderbilt stress technique. I'm strong in route running and in catching the ball, so I should be able to contribute. ...

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Beth Gorr has been covering the Chicago Bears for seven years and is the Author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.


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