NFL Draft Review: Who Was Available?

The Chicago Bears generated a ton of excitement after the Jay Cutler deal, but now reality has set in that the NFL Draft won't be nearly as entertaining. With no picks in Round 1, landing a top prospect will be difficult. Who came off the board last year round by round at the team's current position?

Round 2: 49th Overall

The Midway Monsters would be ecstatic if they could do the same thing the Eagles did at this spot last year, landing California WR DeSean Jackson and immediately giving QB Donovan McNabb his most dangerous weapon in the passing game. The brash Jackson caught 62 passes for 912 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 14.7 yards per reception in head coach Andy Reid's dink-and-dunk system. Could Brian Robiskie of Ohio State or Juaquin Iglesias of Oklahoma be just as good right out of the shoot this year?

Round 3: 99th Overall

It's never a bad idea to add offensive line depth in the middle rounds, which is what the Ravens did here with UTEP G Oniel Cousins. Baltimore has moved Cousins and his 6-4, 310-pound frame to left tackle, where he is currently behind Jared Gaither on the depth chart. The Bears added former Panther Frank Omiyale during free agency specifically to challege incumbent Josh Beekman at the left guard position, so maybe Andy Levitre of Oregon State or Kraig Urbik of Wisconsin can push aging veteran Roberto Garza on the right side.

CB Morgan Trent
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Round 4: 119th Overall

The Broncos traded away Jay Cutler to the Bears in part because they needed the draft picks in order to rebuild what has been a horrendous defene in recent years. Denver took Kent State CB Jack Williams at this spot in the fourth round a year ago, although the 5-9, 186-pounder recorded just 13 tackles as a rookie and didn't dent the final stat sheet anywhere else. If Chicago goes after a cornerback at this position, look for one of the bigger prospects like Morgan Trent of Michigan or Domonique Johnson of Jackson State.

Round 5: 140th Overall

Even though they still turned out to be a terrible team in 2008, many experts believed the Chiefs came away with the best crop of new players after last year's draft. One late-round selection that proved to be quite productive was taken here when Kansas City added Grand Valley State CB Brandon Carr, who is already a starter at corner and racked up 73 tackles right out of college. Again, the Chicago coaching staff likes good-sized cover guys that can support the run, so Keenan Lewis of Oregon State or Donald Washington of Ohio State would make some sense.

Round 5: 154th Overall

Head coach – and now pseudo-defensive coordinator – Lovie Smith needs a little help with his pass rush, just like the Falcons did last year when they took Montana LB Kroy Biermann at this selection. Atlanta converted Biermann to defensive end and got a pair of sacks out of him as a rookie, although he's still behind John Abraham and Jamaal Anderson on the depth chart. Mark Anderson was a fifth-round pick in 2006 but has disappeared after a stellar rookie campaign, so maybe Phillip Hunt of Houston or Michael Bennett of Texas A&M can make a splash.

DT Terrance Knighton
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Round 6: 190th Overall

With the versatile Israel Idonije switching back to end and without a clear-cut starter at nose tackle next to Tommie Harris, the Bears could certainly use another big body in the trenches to fortify the run defense. That's what the Browns did in the 2008 draft, adding a 6-2, 330-pounder in Iowa State DT Ahtyba Rubin here. While Rubin only contributed 11 total tackles for Cleveland as a first-year player, Terrance Knighton of Temple or John Gill of Northwestern have more of a Cover 2-type build and might make for a good fit at this selection.

Round 7: 246th Overall

The wheels came off the Cincinnati air attack in 2008, as Pro Bowl passer Carson Palmer was sidelined with a bothersome elbow and watched helplessly from the sideline as Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh disappointed statistically. That still wasn't enough to get Louisville WR Mario Urrutia, who the Bengals took at this position a year ago, on the field. The Bears wouldn't mind rolling the dice with a 6-6, 232-pound pass catcher like Urrutia this late, so Jamarko Simmons of Western Michigan or Marko Mitchell of Nevada could be on the radar.

Round 7: 251st Overall

Corners are always popular choices this late in the draft because defensive backs get hurt quite often, plus they are usually good candidates to play big roles on special teams. That's what the Bills were thinking with Pittsbugh CB Kennard Cox last April at this spot, although he's already moved on to the Jaguars and is currently running with their third team. The Bears have expressed interest in Bradley Fletcher of Iowa, and Glover Quinn of New Mexico also has the physical makeup required to draw Chicago's attention next weekend.

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