In my last two articles, I've covered plenty of NFC North Free Agency news. And, certainly plenty on the Bears in particular. So let's get down to some draft picks! After all, April 25th will be here before we know it. Here's a look at who I think the Chicago Bears should be putting these hats on for Draft Day.
With the #20 pick in the 1st round, I'm liking the buzz I have heard about Geno Smith, QB out of West Virginia. (As if you did not know who Geno Smith was already…) Still, based on recent reports, if they are really interested in drafting Smith, they will have to make some serious draft day moves to climb up a few spots. With the QB help needed in the first few picks of the draft, it's doubtful that Smith could fall all the way to #20.
I'm digging on Smith because not only do the Bears have Marc Trestman, the perfect quarterback coach, but they also have Jay Cutler, the sack target for every defensive lineman in the NFL. He's injury prone (not by any choice of his, you can blame his O-Line for the obscene number of sacks) and needs a backup who is fresh and ready to roll. And for Chicago, I think Smith fits the bill.
Mel Kiper Jr. is sticking to his prediction that Manti Te'o will be the Bears' 1st round draft pick. All of the embarrassment, lies and idiocy that surrounded Te'o, over the "fake girlfriend debacle," does not faze me one bit. And it should not affect his status in the draft, either. Kids make mistakes. Heck, this one time…at band camp…
With Urlacher missing at the linebacker position, Te'o would really be a smart pick. Question is: Who do you go for in the 1st Round? Te'o or Smith? Has Te'o's draft stock sunk enough that Chicago may be able to snag him in the second round? I hope for the Bears' sake, the answer is "yes." Because "the Monsters of the Midway" have no plans of ever losing that moniker. Chicago's defense always has been and always will be what they're known for…I hope.
Chicago is serious about their linebackers. Yet another linebacker being eyeballed by the Bears is Arthur Brown, out of Kansas State.
Brown's collegiate career is not as impressive as the two aforementioned players. However, he can wrap up and tackle. And that is something that's been lacking on the Bears defensive front lately. I find myself screaming: "WRAP UP!!!" (Perhaps a few other non-PG words in there, too…) during games far too often.
Between all of these linebacker draft prospects and the couple that Chicago has picked up in free agency, there's a lot to be excited about for the 2013 season. A new coach to help get Jay Cutler to level he can be at, beefing up the O-Line and filling in the gaps (yes, gaps) that Urlacher left? Sounds good to me.
We'll see how the Chicago Bears 2013 NFL Draft shakes out on April 25th-27th, I suppose. And you know you'll be hearing all about it, right here! Keep on, Juicin' on!
By: Aimee Miller