This is still the "honeymoon" period for Phil Emery.
I also want to believe in Emery. He came to Chicago with a reputation as a very good scout.
But I also want to look at these picks objectively—analyzing them without any presuppositions about who made the picks—rather than evaluate these picks with my lips on Emery's rear end.
The easiest way to objectively grade them is to ask yourself: If Jerry Angelo made these exact picks and trade instead of Emery, would my opinion of this draft change?
The dubious trade up that resulted in the loss of a valuable draft pick was a terrible move.
The reaching for questionable players who were not major needs was a complete head-scratcher.
But just as important as who was taken is the problem of who was not taken.
By not taking a solid offensive tackle despite numerous opportunities, this draft was absolutely inexcusable.
By not taking a solid defensive tackle despite numerous opportunities, this draft was a failure.
If Angelo made these picks, he would have been skinned alive and dropped in a pot of boiling oil before the draft concluded on Saturday.
This draft was so shocking that the cynic in me almost wants to believe that Emery wants to sabotage Lovie so that he can hire his own coach next year.
I know many Bears fans will disagree with me. The Emery loyalists will say, "Look! He signed a steal in undrafted free-agent left tackle James Brown."
Maybe, but Brown projects to guard in the NFL—and a fourth- or fifth-round guard at that. It seems more likely that Brown will compete at guard, and Chris Williams will switch back to left tackle to compete with J'Marcus Webb.
Nevertheless, I will hope I am wrong about this draft. We'll all know in a few years.
Meanwhile, the Packers had a fantastic draft again. DE Nick Perry, DT Jerel Worthy, CB Casey Hayward, DT Mike Daniels, LB Terrell Manning and OT Andrew Datko are all excellent values for the rounds they were all drafted in. And even worse, the Packers also added the guy I was hoping the Bears would get: Undrafted free-agent receiver Dale Moss, a potential star in the making.
The disparity in the two drafts could not be more stark. This is why I had pushed for the Bears to interview Packers' Director of College Scouting John Dorsey shortly after Angelo was fired. Dorsey is the reason why the Packers can lose former Director of Player Personnel Reggie McKenzie to Oakland and still have an outstanding draft.
I had such high hopes for a great draft from Emery.
This was not it.
Overall draft grade: D (edit: was an F but bumped up due to solid McClellin pick and Jeffery potential)