Chicago, as of right now, owns one pick in each round for a total of seven picks.
What I would like to focus on are the players that they should take for each of those picks. In order to make this as realistic as possible, I decided to use the CBSSports.com player rater, which is updated on a regular basis.
Each player that I will choose for the Bears will be based on their predicted round of selection.
(I understand that many players will see their stock rise and fall in the upcoming weeks as we get closer to the draft, but I based my picks on their projected round of selection, according to CBSSports.com as of March 6, 2009.)
All of the players are rated and have a predicted round of selection, which currently changes due to players rising and falling.
I have identified the Bears most pressing needs as WR, DE, OL, DB, and QB.
I will use this as a guide when selecting players I feel would be a good fit and fill a need for Chicago. I will also list each player’s height, weight, and 40-yard dash time after their name.
So, let's take a look at the first pick in round one, which is No. 18 overall.
With the 18th pick in the 2009 NFL draft the Chicago Bears select …
Darrius Heyward-Bey: WR, Maryland (6'2", 210, 4.25)
Heyward-Bey is the 19th rated player on CBSSports.com and would fill a huge need for the Bears.
He absolutely blew away the NFL combine, running the second fastest 40-yard dash time this decade.
Not only did he impress scouts with his sprinter like speed, he ran crisp routes and caught the ball extremely well. His straight line speed makes him too fast for even most NFL corners to handle off the line of scrimmage.
He has great hands is dangerous in the open field, and is a threat to score from anywhere at anytime.
DHB is a great deep threat who stretches the field and has great size. He should be able to work the middle of the field as well as go deep.
Putting him opposite Devin Hester at wideout would form a great combination, because opposing defenses will have to choose which one to double.
As both players’ speed is ridiculous, defensive coordinators are going to be spending late nights in the office trying to figure out how not to get burned deep by either of these burners.
His raw speed alone will open up holes for RB Matt Forte and should help TE Greg Olsen find seams in the defense much easier.
Heyward-Bey alone should improve the Bears offense from opening day.
With the Bears 2nd round pick they select …
Jarron Gilbert: DE, San Jose State (6'5", 288, 4.81)
Gilbert became a YouTube sensation after jumping from standing still out of three-feet of water and landing on a deck.
His stock has been on the rise since the combine and his ability to play DE or DT is just what the Bears need.
He has an amazing first step, still has room to grow, and is extremely athletic. At 6'5", he can get great penetration into the backfield where he recorded 22 tackles for loss last year.
He possesses great upper body strength and could develop into a three down player as he is versatile enough to move inside on passing downs.
The Bears had a terrible year in 2008, when it came to getting consistent pressure on the QB.
Gilbert would be a great addition and should be able to free-up DT Tommie Harris on the inside to make more plays. The passrush is definitely a major area of concern for the Bears.
Gilbert is a young player on the rise who seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential.
With the Bears 3rd round pick they select…
Phillip Loadholt: RT, Oklahoma (6'8", 332, 5.49)
Loadholt is a massive player who played LT in college, but projects as a RT in the NFL.
He really excels as a run blocker as he racks up pancake blocks by the dozen, and is an absolute beast who possesses great strength and mauls his opponents.
Loadholt also has a nasty-streak which is important when playing such a psychically demanding position. He has good agility for a man his size and is an intimidating presence on the O-line.
With the imminent retirement of LT, John Tait and the loss of RT, John St. Clair to free agency, the Bears definitely need to address the O-line.
With last year's first round pick, Chris Williams, set to man the left side, adding Loadholt to play on the right would give Chicago a nice pair of young bookends for the future.
Loadholt should be able to blast open holes for RB, Matt Forte and keep the best offensive weapon the Bears have rolling for years to come.
With the Bears 4th round pick they select…
Sherrod Martin: CB/FS, Troy State (6'1", 198, 4.48)
Martin had a strong showing at both the combine and his pro day.
The product from Troy possesses a great size/speed combination and is a play maker.
He has great deep speed and is a fierce hitter. He played FS in college but may switch to CB in the NFL. Martin is a good blitzer and is also a stout run defender. He was a gunner on special teams and loves to hit.
The Bears pass defense ranked 30th in the league last year.
Some of that can be attributed to injuries to CB, Nathan Vasher and FS, Mike Brown, but the lack of a consistent pass-rush didn't help matters either.
With Brown being cut the need for a player who can play CB or FS should be very appealing to the Bears.
Martin has the size and hitting ability to play FS and has the speed and coverage ability to play corner.
His addition, wherever it may be, would upgrade the Bears secondary and give them another young player to build around.
With the Bears 5th round pick they select…
Stephen McGee: QB, Texas A&M (6'3", 225, 4.61)
McGee is another player whose stock has been on the rise after a good combine and pro day.
He suffered a torn labrum during his senior year and only started three games, but appears fully recovered from his injury.
McGee is a tough player who has a good arm and can make all of the throws in the NFL. He has outstanding speed as he recorded the second fastest forty time at the combine for QB's.
He is a mobile QB who can make plays with his feet when plays breakdown and tends to elevate his play in big games. He upset Texas twice during his career.
McGee displays the leadership qualities you would want in a QB and was voted permanent team caption before the start of his sophomore season.
With Rex Grossman finally set packing, the athletic McGee would make a welcome addition in Chicago.
Starter Kyle Orton, played well the first half of 2008, but the jury is still out on him as the QB of the future.
With an undrafted QB behind Orton, McGee should not have much trouble landing a roster spot.
Adding a QB that can get outside and run would provide the Bears with an added dimension that the offensive has lacked for quite some time.
With the Bears 6th round pick they select…
Kory Sheets: RB, Purdue (5'11", 208, 4.39)
With Sheets blazing forty time at the combine, he could see himself get drafted a little higher than here, but CBSSports.com still has him projected in the sixth round.
Sheets has good size and tremendous speed for a RB his size.
He hits the hole quickly, has good moves in the open field, is a strong goal-line runner, and has the ability to drag defenders for extra yardage.
Sheets has good hands and frequently catches passes out of the backfield. He finished as Purdue's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 48.
After hitting the jackpot in the second round last year with RB, Matt Forte, and the release of back-up RB, Kevin Jones, the Bears would benefit from adding the multi- dimensional Sheets.
The Bears really never found someone to compliment Forte as he carried the ball over 350 times last year.
Adding Sheets would allow the Bears to keep his carries down and hopefully keep him fresh for a run in the playoffs.
With Sheets being a strong runner and a good receiver, he fits exactly what Chicago looks for in an RB.
Adding him in the sixth round, if he were still there, would be an absolute steal for the Bears.
With the Bears last and 7th round pick they select…
Kevin Ogletree: WR, Virginia (6'1", 198, 4.38)
Ogletree's size and speed combination allows him to be physical of the line and get separation deep.
He has good hands, can adjust to poorly thrown passes, and can make the catch over either shoulder, while attacking the ball in the air.
He is strong enough to break tackles and has the speed to turn the short pass into a long run.
With the Bears releasing WR's Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd, they are desperately thin at the position.
Adding Ogletree along with DHB would give Chicago two big and fast young receivers to rebuild, probably, the weakest WR corps in the NFL.
Matt Forte would see less eight-man fronts with some WR's who have to be accounted for deep on every play.
With Chicago unlikely to add anyone of significance at the position in free agency, they can't have enough young talent at the position.
So, there it is: My 2009 Chicago Bears ultimate NFL draft.
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