As draft day approaches many questions still surround this storied franchise. Many fans and critics believe they should stay conservative and draft an offensive lineman to protect Kyle Orton, some even believe the Chicago Bears should call out the name of either Everette Brown or Tyson Jackson two pass rushers from respective schools from strong offensive conferences.
But I believe the Bears will give Kyle Orton the ultimate present on April 26. I think they will draft a wide receiver. Now the tough question is not what position, it is what player and no matter what, the Bears are in for a tough decision.
Now many respective analysts and fans throughout the Windy City and the US believe the Bears will draft speedster Jeremy Maclin from Missouri who with the help of Chase Daniel's arm made the Tigers an offensive powerhouse the past two years.
I agree Maclin would be a great pick who would help Kyle Orton progress throughout his career, but I sadly feel that other teams that pick before the Bears feel the same way about this talented receiver.
So I have decide between two players that play the same position but in terms of the way they play the game they could not be any further apart. These two players are speedster Darrius Heyward-Bey and the sure-handed Hakeem Nicks.
Now with both player you get a young man with great character who has an exceptional work ethic but the question is do you take a chance on the speedy Darrius Heyward-Bey who got a mere 600 yards receiving last year or do you get the safe pick with Hakeem Nicks?
Darrius Heyward-Bey is a special talent who showed why he is included in first round talks when he ran a blazing 4.30 on the 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine.
But his hands are a definite question mark and he had very little yards receiving when you think in terms of a potential No. 1 receiver.
Now on the issue of yards I agree with many analysts about the fact that although he only had 600 yards he also had to deal with poor to average quarterback play throughout most of the season, but truthfully I feel like I could say the same exact thing about Devin Hester.
Heyward-Bey has some height and is an exceptional deep threat that could come in handy for any NFL franchise in need of a No. 1 or 2 receiver.
But does that play into the strengths of Kyle Orton? When Orton came into the NFL many scouts said that he had an exceptional deep ball but after watching him over throw many receivers throughout last season do you take the risk of drafting a speed receiver?
In recent press conferences, Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith have both spoken confidently on Orton's arm. They both have said that he will work very hard on his deep throws throughout the off season and should be more accurate in 2009.
But what if that doesn't happen and Orton remains a quarterback that excels at short and intermediate routes but struggles at deep balls. Then at receiver you have two players who are known mainly for their speed on deep throws for a quarterback who cant get the ball to them; do you take that risk?
I feel like Heyward-Bey could end up being the next Larry Fitzgerald because of the way analysts have talked about them both before the draft.
Coming out of Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald was mostly a deep threat and many analysts criticized how high the Cardinals drafted him (No. 4 overall) but as time went by Fitzgerald became not only a deep threat but also a great all-around receiver.
Now I personally believe that the Bears should only take a chance on Heyward-Bey if they feel Kyle is ready to throw accurate deep balls; otherwise the Bears should draft my other product, Hakeem Nicks.
Nicks not only has great hands, he also has above average speed for an NFL receiver which enables him to get many yards after the catch (YAC). Many analysts have compared Nicks to Anquan Boldin who is a great wide receiver who not only excels in YAC but also complements deep threat Larry Fitzgerald exceptionally well.
That is the reason I like Nicks so much, I see him and Devin Hester having the same kind of chemistry.
With Hester hopefully forming into not only a great deep threat but also a number one receiver, the Bears should draft Hakeem Nicks just in case the Hester experiment doesn't work out.
Truthfully, I would rather see Nicks wearing navy blue on Sundays than Heyward-Bey. But with the potential of Bey, I feel confident with either player. As long as Jerry Angelo doesn't draft an offensive lineman, I'll still be a Bears fan for as long as I live.
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