NFL Draft: Four 2nd-Round Options Chicago Bears Should Not Consider
After a first round filled with surprises and reaches, Day 2 of the 2012 NFL Draft, or "Player Selection Meeting" as the NFL likes to call it, is filled with talent that was projected to go in the first round. Players like Stephen Hill, Cordy Glenn, Jonathan Martin, Courtney Upshaw and Peter Konz were predicted by most pundits to be Day 1 selections.
With so much talent slipping, the Bears need to prepare that anyone and everyone will be in play when their pick comes up at No. 50. Also, moving up in the draft doesn't appear to be as costly as it has been in the past, so making a trade to grab a player they want is certainly a possibility.
Here are five realistic options to be on the Bears radar at No. 50. I'm just hoping that the Bears decide to go a different direction once they are on the clock. Enjoy!
1: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
I've been against Mike Adams ever since people started talking about the Bears selecting him at 19. I didn't want him in that spot, and I still don't want him here.
The big offensive tackle from Ohio State is most likely going to be move to RT as he is a better run blocker than a pass blocker. Unfortunately, all the Bears offensive linemen are better run blockers than pass blockers, which is not a good thing in a league where throwing the football and protecting the quarterback are paramount.
Adams' biggest weaknesses are that he has problems with speed rushers and allows too many pressures and sacks. Gulp. Is that what we want protecting our franchise QB? Not to mention multiple injuries, maturity issues, lack of effort and that he just tested positive for marijuana at the combine.
2: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Zach Brown is a tremendous athlete. He's quick, fast and has very good coverage skills.
The problem is, he plays soft, especially against the run. He looks to run around blockers rather than take them on, and he doesn't tackle well.
There are also concerns about his work ethic and attitude. All of this adds up to a poor match for the Bears.
3: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Wide Receiver is still a big need, and I'm hoping for a WR at some point on Day 2. However, I don't think Sanu is the answer.
Sanu's strengths, which are his hands, route running, being physical, and ability to work the middle of the field, are almost identical to Earl Bennett's.
Unfortunately, Sanu lacks speed and the deep-threat ability that is needed on the other side of Marshall. He's a very good possession receiver, but that's not the skill set the Bears need.
I think Sanu will be a very productive player in the NFL, but the Bears already have their slot guy.
4: Any Defensive Tackle
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Getting defensive tackle depth out of this draft is certainly needed. However, using the first two picks on the defensive line seems like overkill.
The Bears defense can be very good, but if we don't give Cutler more protection or more weapons, it won't matter. The teams playing in January and February can score points in bunches.
This probably scares me the most, as Lovie is always looking to add more DTs. Look at his track record since he became the head coach. In the Bears' first three rounds of that year, the following DTs were taken: Tommie Harris, Tank Johnson, Dusty Dvoracek, Marcus Harrison, Jarron Gilbert and Stephen Paea. That's eight years of drafts, and six DTs in the first three rounds. That's excessive.
As for the rest of the defense, a cornerback wouldn't be a horrible move as this is a passing league, and the Bears could use more help at that position. Round 3 should be stocked with cornerbacks, and I look for the Bears to address defensive backs at that point.
I have a BAD feeling about this one!
What the Bears SHOULD Do
I think it's imperative to get help on the offensive side of the ball, whether that be offensive line, wide receiver or tight end, if it's Fleener. Don't rule out a trade to move up to get the guy they want.
Specifically, I'd be happy if the Bears drafted any of the following players:
- Cordy Glenn
- Jonathan Martin
- Peter Konz
- Amini Silatolu
- Stephen Hill
- Rueben Randle
- Alshon Jeffery
- Coby Fleener
Let's hope the Bears come out of today with two more potential starters, hopefully at OL/WR with the possibility at either TE or CB.