The Chicago Bears have done a good job addressing several holes across the roster. However, the Kyle Long and Jonathan Bostic picks were reaches. Phil Emery and company have redeemed themselves a little by grabbing Khaseem Greene in the fourth round.
Chicago continues to do a good job here in the later part of the draft. Jordan Mills is potential starter at the right tackle position. He gives the team both depth and a development player for the future. The additions of Greene and Mills have made up for the reaches earlier in the draft.
The recent addition of Cornelius Washington gives Chicago another athlete with upside as a pass-rusher. They rounded out the draft by adding a troubled but talented player in Marquess Wilson.
Oregon’s Kyle Long is a reach here for the Chicago Bears. This is a raw offensive line prospect who doesn’t have a clear cut position. Long most recently played left tackle in college, but isn’t ready to fill that role at the next level.
I personally question his ability to move inside to guard. At 6’6”, Long struggles gaining the leverage needed to generate a push in the run game or anchor against the bull rush.
Adding a defender like Florida’s Sharrif Floyd or North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams would’ve represented more value. Even Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert would have been a better fit.
The biggest issue surrounding this pick is that Long is nowhere near a finished product. Chicago has hopes of making a playoff push this season, but Long is unlikely to make an immediate impact.
This is back-to-back year's where Phil Emery appeared to put most of his focus on the athleticism of a prospect. Shea McClellin was a project player, and now Long will need to go through a similar developmental process.
Phil Emery strikes again by selecting a player many have rated much lower then where he was selected. Florida’s Jonathan Bostic is a mid-round linebacker prospect who seen his draft stock rise because of a good 40-time at the combine.
After the selection of Kyle Long, Emery talked about how Chicago looks for special athletes to fill holes on the roster. The issue is that athleticism isn’t the only trait needed to succeed in the NFL.
This pick is even more of a surprise with Kansas State’s Arthur Brown and Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene still on the board.
Emery has reached on both of his picks this year and last year's first-rounder, Shea McClellin.
The one thing Bostic does bring to the table is quickness and experience. He's not a terrible prospect, but just comes off the board a little early.
This is the first pick of this year’s draft where the Chicago Bears finally got some good value. Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene is an excellent athlete who possesses a ton of upside. It’s entirely possible that he ends up making a quicker impact than Jonathan Bostic, who went in the second round.
Greene made a name for himself this past season by generating turnovers and delivering punishing hits. His aggressiveness and tenacity allows him to make plays from sideline to sideline and behind the line of scrimmage.
Landing Greene now gives the Bears two young linebackers capable of coming in and immediately make a push for playing time.
I personally graded Greene as an early second-round prospect. That shows the type of value the Bears got with this pick.
The Bears made a trade with the Atlanta Falcons to move down 10 spots and add a seventh rounder. Chicago then selected Louisiana Tech’s Jordan Mills to help sure up the offensive line depth.
Mills is an underrated prospect who projects as a right tackle in the NFL. He combines a good solid base with balance and quick feet. This is a player who’ll both protect the passer and open holes in the running game.
He’s more than capable of developing into a starter early in his career. This pick should tell J’Marcus Webb that his status on the team is anything but safe. Another inconsistent year and he could find himself replaced by Mills.
Adding Mills also clouds the future of Jonathan Scott. However, Chicago will likely keep him around this year as a veteran backup.
Georgia’s Cornelius Washington is another player who fits the mold of what Phil Emery has done in this draft. He’s an elite athlete who flashes big-play ability. Washington’s draft stock gained a boost after he put up impressive numbers at the combine.
However, he there’s issues with his ability to read keys and identify the plays developing around him. Washington found most of his success because he was just a better athlete than the players he faced.
Outside of his questionable instincts, this is a player who is a bit of a tweener and lacks a clear-cut position. Georgia used him anywhere from defensive end to outside linebacker.
This is an intriguing pick because Washington’s athleticism gives him the potential to develop into something special. The key will be working with him to refine his technique and becoming a more complete player.
Look for Washington to see action on special teams and as a rotational pass-rusher.
Washington State’s Marquess Wilson represents great value in the seventh round. This is a player who has second-round potential, but drops to this spot because of character issues. Over the past year, Wilson quit the Washington State football team and accused Mike Leach of abusive behavior.
Chicago obviously felt comfortable enough to invest a late-round pick on Wilson. This is a boom or bust pick. If Wilson can remain focused he has the ability to make an immediate impact.
Wilson’s best attribute is his length and the way he attacks the ball at its highest point. He doesn’t have great speed, but is a good route runner who knows how to change speeds.
Brandon Marshall showed last season that he can be a leader. His checkered past is something he can use to relate to Wilson.