Chicago Bears 2014 Draft: Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web
Now that you have had a few days to digest the draft, how do you feel about the Chicago Bears' picks? Everybody certainly has an opinion one way or another, and the experts are no different.
Overall, the Bears got high remarks from people around the NFL. They were able to address their needs and drafted some very smart football players who should help the team right away.
We aggregated opinions from some of the best in the business. You will be able to get a feel for how they viewed the Bears' draft and get the links to their actual comments.
At the end, you get my thoughts on how the Bears did. After reading through, share your opinions in the comments below.
Mel Kiper Jr.: B-
Overall Mel Kiper Jr. thought the Bears had a solid draft. He views Kyle Fuller as a very solid pick but would've probably liked to have seen Ha Ha Clinton-Dix there.
Kiper Jr. thought the Bears reached a little with Ego Ferguson and Ka'Deem Carey but believes both players have the talent to make where they were drafted an afterthought.
He believes Brock Vereen can come in and help the safety position right away, would like to see Will Sutton lose some weight, questions David Fales' arm and thinks Charles Leno can ultimately make this team.
Here's the link to Kiper Jr.'s draft grade (subscription required).
Todd McShay's Favorite Pick
Todd McShay doesn't give out draft grades. If you follow him, then you know he doesn't like to put a letter grade on what a team did right after the draft. He likes to give some time before evaluating a team's draft.
While you won't get a grade from McShay, he will still share with you his favorite picks. One that stood out for McShay was the Bears' fourth-round selection of Brock Vereen.
McShay points to Vereen's versatility and explosiveness to the football. He believes Vereen will help the Bears in a variety of different ways and thinks the team got a great football player.
He went on to also praise the Kyle Fuller pick and thinks the Bears got two very good players for the secondary.
Here's the link to McShay's comments (subscription required).
Bryan Fischer Says "Good Pick, Good Fit"
NFL.com's Bryan Fischer refrained from using actual letter grades, but he decided to lump every team in a few different categories.
According to Fischer, the Bears fell into the "good fit, good pick" category. He believes the Bears had a better third day than second day.
Fischer thinks quarterback David Fales can be the heir apparent to departed backup Josh McCown. He calls Ka'Deem Carey the "perfect fit" for the offense and sees Brock Vereen as a contributor on special teams.
Here's the link to Fischer's comments.
Pete Prisco: A
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco kept it short and sweet when it came to his grades. He gave the Bears high remarks largely on the strength of the Kyle Fuller pick.
Prisco thought Fuller was the best corner in the draft. He also thought the Bears were smart to find two defensive tackles who fit their system.
Here's the link to Prisco's grades.
Now it's my turn. I tend to lean more on the side of Todd McShay's philosophy around giving out grades. It's tough to put an actual letter grade on a team's picks when they haven't even played a game yet.
With all that said, I thought the Bears had a solid draft. I was very high on Jimmie Ward, so I was upset the Bears couldn't nab him. I do like Kyle Fuller and believe he is a rock-solid corner who can be there for a Charles Tillman-type run of 10-plus seasons.
By far, my favorite pick from the Bears is Brock Vereen. I just love his football I.Q. and the tenacity he plays with. It will not shock me at all if he becomes the starting free safety at some point in his rookie year. I picture him as a feisty fan favorite who makes plays quite similar to Mike Brown from years past.
If the Bears can get Will Sutton to slim down, then they might have a steal. His 2012 tape is fantastic, and he would've been a first-round pick if he had come out then. He was also slimmer and more explosive that year.
Ego Ferguson will be a real project. There are times when he will flash brilliance and other moments where he will frustrate fans and his team. New defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni will have his hands full getting the most out of the talented defensive tackle.
Ka'Deem Carey is a hard runner with some surprisingly nifty moves. Anybody who can put up nearly 2,000 yards in one year in a major conference has some talent. He reminds me of Marion Barber before he got to the Bears and decided not to stay in bounds with the game on the line.
I figured the Bears would take a quarterback despite Phil Emery's recent comments, but I would've liked Keith Wenning over David Fales.
Regarding Pat O’Donnell, I can honestly say I can't break down punters that well, but I'm all in on a guy who benched more than No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.