Now, don't get me wrong, drafting one of the better quarterbacks in the 2010 NFL Draft's sixth round is an excellent pickup.
I understand that.
But, don't the Bears have holes at just about every other position on the field?
Wouldn't it have made sense to try and draft savvy at another position, and hold off on their backup quarterback selection of Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour?
Current Chicago backup QB Caleb Hanie has looked serviceable as an understudy to Jay Cutler, but he is definitely not starter quality.
So, if Cutler ever did go down with a lasting injury, it would be nice to have a solid backup with starter skills and potential. Is this the reason the Bears drafted LeFevour? Are they only hoping he is backup quality?
I think my issue with the Bears' sixth-round selection is that Dezmon Briscoe was still on the board, along with several other offensive lineman. I could even understand picking up some extra defensive backs, as well.
The news that the Bears signed 12 players that went undrafted softened the blow somewhat that they didn't use their sixth-round pick to address one of their more immediate needs.
Still, I have to question the pick.
Cutler has proven to be a softie, so what kind of a message does this send to him, and how will it effect his soft ego? Will he start sulking around and asking for a trade if LeFevour starts performing well in camp and in the preseason?
As I stated in the beginning, I think this was a great value pick, but it might have been unnecessary. If Cutler is what the Bears think he is, then he is their franchise quarterback. There is no need to start drafting "backup" quarterbacks in his first offseason as a franchise quarterback, when he is only 26 years old (he turns 27 in a few days).
I think the Bears should have went for Briscoe with that pick, and then tried to sign one of the undrafted quarterbacks to compete with Hanie for the backup role. Briscoe is a talented wide receiver, and since the Bears went and signed three wide receivers after the draft, they obviously don't feel 100 percent satisfied at that position.
Freddie Barnes out of Bowling Green caught 155 balls this past season, but is an undersized wideout just like the rest of the Bears corps. However, the Bears did go and sign two of the draft's taller wide receivers in Greg Mathews from Michigan (6'3") and Antonio Robinson from Tennessee Tech (6'5"). All signs point to none of them making the team, but, hey, you never know.
Even still, here's to hoping that LeFevour turns out to be the next Aaron Rodgers, studying under a gunslinger, then coming into his own once he takes over the reins.
I wish LeFevour the best, seeing as how we're from the same hometown (well, once upon a time we were), but I still am a little skeptical of this pick, because I think the Bears had other issues they should have dealt with first.
Then again, I guess that's why I am blogging about the Bears, and not running them.
Or, maybe that's why I should be running the Bears, and the present day team executives should be blogging about my bad decisions.