2012 Chicago Bears' Draft Class: Where Do the Rest of Days 2 & 3 Fit?
Now it's time to take a quick look at the remaining four players selected in the draft.
The Bears attacked their secondary with most of these picks but also grabbed an intriguing offensive weapon who may be the pick of the bunch.
Let's take a look.
Round 3, Pick 16 (79) Brandon Hardin, FS, Oregon State
Hardin missed his whole senior year with a broken shoulder, but as you can see in the pro day video above, he looks pretty healed to me.
While he played corner in college, he's slated to slide over to safety for the Bears, which should help immensely. As Sun Times writer Mark Potash points out in the linked article, Hardin fits the Emery profile—big, physical and versatile.
It's hard to say whether he'll crack the lineup this year, though he has a shot and should push Chris Conte.
Round 4, Pick 16 (111) Evan Rodriguez, TE, Temple
I see you working, Emery. You thought we missed this athletic tight end who could be a fullback/h-back type of player.
Rodriguez is very versatile and can line up inside or out as a tight end or a fullback. With the right planning, he could be a lot of things for the Bears and keep defenses guessing.
I could see him pushing for starting time right off the bat either as that h-back type of player or even a straight tight end role.
Or, if they chose, Rodriguez could be added to a two-tight end set, as is becoming more and more common in the wake of the Patriots' success with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.
Round 6, Pick 14 (184) Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada
Frey is a big corner who struggles off the line and stays in front of his receiver, and he sometimes gets baited with movement in the backfield. This allows receivers to slip behind him and make plays.
He'll have to tighten up that and his tackling—which fluctuates from just not good to horrid at times—if he wants to stick on the squad.
This pick is the only one I have real doubts about. Frey will probably start on special teams if the Bears like what he does in camp, and hopefully he can fix his game as time goes on.
Round 7, Pick 13 (220) Greg McCoy, CB, TCU
Every video I found that was a McCoy highlight was a kickoff return, which tells you pretty much most of what you need to know. I'm not saying he can't play in the secondary, but I have to imagine it was the highlights of those long returns that attracted the Bears to him since he has a lot of holes in his game.
His biggest contribution may be his returns unless he can improve his tackling and awareness—the speed in coverage is unlikely to change, unfortunately.
Nothing wrong with a seventh-round special teams pick.