The Bears draft strategy
changed significantly the weeks leading up to the event as Blake Brockermeyer
was released in a cost cutting move and the focus quickly switched to the
offensive line. Marc Colombo was
selected first round and to our minds was a reach.
Colombo will have a very difficult time if placed at left tackle and
though he has some potential down the road, may not be able to immediately
answer the Bears chiefs concerns. Chicago
rebounded nicely with their next three selections.
Roosevelt Williams is a solid cornerback prospect that should see
significant action as a rookie. Co-third
round pick, Terrance Metcalf, could be a steal if asked to play inside at guard,
his original position in college, rather than the tackle spot he's manned the
past two seasons. Alex Brown, who
many thought the Bears would take in the second round, was also a bargain being
drafted in round four and could provide Chicago with the pass rusher desperately
needed. DE/OLB Bryan Knight, wide out Jamin Elliott and tight end Bryan Fletcher
could all surprise at the next level and have a good deal of talent that must be
harnessed. Our main criticism is
Mike Pearson was a better fit and player for the Bears, both in the long and
short term as compared to Colombo. Add
in the fact that Chicago has a big need at tight end and only came away with
only a developmental prospect in what was a rich year at the position.
The Lions pulled the first
surprise of the draft selecting Joey Harrington with the third pick but in the
end it was the right move as he is best suited to run the Lion offense and the
team was going nowhere with the signal callers on the roster.
Defensive end Kalimba Edwards had been tumbling the weeks prior to the
draft but was an absolute steal at the top of round two.
Though a knee injury set him back in November, he is still an impacting
defender with a large amount of upside potential. Third round choice Andre Goodman is a speedy corner that has
gradually progressed since sustaining a major knee injury in college as a
sophomore. Not many have an opinion
on John Taylor of Montana State as few have seen him play but we've watched
him closely the past two seasons. An
explosive athlete that played on the nose in college, we feel he is better off
at end, possibly even outside linebacker, which is where we've ranked him all
year long. Taylor may need some
time to develop but could surprise in the end.
Tight end John Owens is another that needs time as a football player but
a prospect with a large upside. If
he stays healthy, and that is a big "if", Luke Staley was a bargain.
Matt Murphy may quickly slide into the spot vacated by David Sloan while
Victor Rogers was red-flagged by many teams because of his injury history but
was well worth the risk of a seventh round choice.
The underlying theme of this draft is the word "potential," which
means in the end it could be special, or just ordinary.
The Pack made a strange
move in round one giving away a second round choice to slide up and draft wide
receiver Jevon Walker. Walker fits
a need as he is big, fast and can catch the ball, something he better do quickly
as a rookie to justify the pick Green Bay gave away to guarantee acquiring his
services. Marques Anderson, taken
in round three, is a hard-hitting strong safety that was can play some corner
while Najeh Davenport, selected a frame later, is a triple threat fullback that
was good value. Aaron Kampmann
could make a team hungry for defensive linemen and Mike Houghton, their final
selection, could fit in as the power blocking guard they originally hoped to get
during the first day.