Chicago Bears 2013 Draft: Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web
Now that the draft is in the books, there is plenty of reaction around the web. Everybody has an opinion on what the Bears did and it's always interesting to get various perspectives.
Undoubtedly, the Bears opened some eyes when they decided to pick Kyle Long in the first round. They stayed on the course of selecting players based on need when they drafted Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.
Once Phil Emery got his need players, he spent the rest of the draft taking value: offensive tackle Jordan Mills, defensive end Cornelius Washington and wide receiver Marquess Wilson.
Here's your chance to agree or disagree with some of the draft grades from around the web.
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
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Burke had Long as a second-round player but cited Long's versatility and the Bears' glaring need at the position as a positive in the pick.
The concern Burke has with Long is his inexperience. He believes it will take Long some time to mature and will probably start at first in a backup role.
Right now Long will go into camp with every opportunity to win the starting left guard job. Given the players he has to go against, most notably Gabe Carimi, he should come out of training camp with the job.
Pete Prisco, CBS
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Pete Prisco of CBS gave the first-round selection a C+ but really failed to elaborate why. He goes on to call Kyle Long "a nasty player."
From the short sentence he gives, Prisco seems to imply Long's lack of a particular position is a detriment. Shouldn't a player who can play two positions on the line be seen as a positive?
Given the Bears' holes up front, Long's versatility was one of the major reasons why they drafted him. Therefore, the C+ grade was a little unjust.
Mel Kiper Jr. & Kevin Seifert, ESPN
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Kiper Jr. liked Notre Dame Tyler Eifert for the Bears and thought Long was taken too high. Eifert was drafted one pick later by the Cincinnati Bengals. It's tough to critique the decision given the need for guard was higher than a need for tight end. You may recall the Bears signed Martellus Bennett on the first day of free agency.
Seifert loved the Bears going after a need. Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene bring depth right away and could be impact starters within a year or two.
Evan Silva, Rotoworld
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Evan Silva of Rotoworld stayed true to the popular theme. He wasn't crazy about where Long was drafted and touted his inexperience as the reason why. Silva thought the Bears rebounded with some good value picks and gave their draft a B-.
Silva is right. Jon Bostic will give D.J. Williams a run for his money in training camp and Khaseem Greene will learn a ton under Lance Briggs' tutelage.
When you have Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in the division, you can never have enough pass-rushers. Cornelius Washington from Georgia will have a major chip on his shoulder for dropping so low and could be an impact rusher for the Bears.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
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Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News gave the Bears a C. He believes fifth-round pick Jordan Mills will help them more immediately at tackle instead of Kyle Long.
With the signing of Jermon Bushrod, J'Marcus Webb gets kicked to the right tackle. The Bears' need is on the inside. Long fulfills that right away. He has plenty of time to develop into a quality right tackle when needed.
Jordan Mills will push James Brown for that backup tackle position. Given the round he was drafted, the Bears will give Mills every chance possible to make sure he has that spot come opening day.