(Chicago Tribune)–“I’ve never been around a receiver, never seen a receiver who runs routes like Devin Hester does outside,” Marshall told “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on WMVP-AM 1000 on Monday. “Listen to me … He has all the skills to be a great, a Pro Bowl receiver. Not a punt returner — we all know what he can do there — but a Pro Bowl receiver. “Honestly, I think he’s going to have a bigger year than me this year. I just don’t think he’s been in an environment, a situation offensively that catered to him as a player. I think with (new quarterbacks coach) Jeremy Bates and Jay growing and maturing, I think they’ll be able to put him in a better position this year to where he can probably do damage. I’m excited about everyone else, but the person I’m more excited to see is Devin.”
Hey Brandon, it’s cool to try to pump your teammate’s tires here…but the Bears didn’t trade two draft picks for you to come in and be worse than Devin Hester. That’s not the idea bro. You know who the Bears need to be a Pro Bowl receiver…YOU! Jay Cutler’s BFF, 100+ catches a year, redzone target, all that shit. That is supposed to be you. You’re not supposed to be a decoy for Hester. I know Marshall is a little mental, but like is he really setting the bar this low for himself? Could he be doing it on purpose? How about a little confidence man. This town wouldn’t know what a number one receiver looked like if one took a dump on our heads. Be a diva. Tell us you’re the greatest of all time and that you and Jay are going to break records and shit. That’s what this town is thirsty for. Not a guy that is blown away by Hester’s ability to run routes on the outside. Clean it up Brandon. You’re supposed to be the new Marshall in town. Have higher aspirations than being second fiddle to a number 3 WR.
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So Jay Cutler looks completely healthy. Full range of motion in his fingers. Good flexibility on the thumb and index finger and then a pretty powerful middle finger to go with them. Also really showed off what kind of athlete he is by switching up the bird from the right to the left hand flawlessly. Not easy. Good form Jay.
I pretty much love everything about these pictures. I hate the TMZ culture and Jay is telling them to fuck off. I am sure this low-life camera guy followed Jay and his pregnant reality star girlfriend(fiance? wife? I can’t keep up with that stuff) harassing them until it pushed Cutler over the edge. I dig the fire. That’s what you want out of the leader of a team or a family.
Also…great salad up top there Jay. He rolled out of the house in sweats, but that hair is ready for the red carpet. Only negative is the small dog. Jay needs a man’s dog, but I guarantee that’s a Cavallari purchase. No sweat.
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I know everyone has been waiting with bated breath for the Windy Citizen Sports Bears draft review. People whispering in hush tones “What did the Chief think?”. Well now that I have digested it and the dust has settled I am ready to deliver a draft review. Only discussing the first four picks as they are the only picks that really matter. If the DBs taken in the 6th or 7th round pan out that is just a bonus.
1st round, 19th overall selection: Shea McClellin DE Boise State 6’3″ 260 lbs
Shea McClellin certainly fits a need and has a lot of the intangibles/character traits you want in a football player. This is a guy that put up very good combine times and shot up the draft boards. I am a little concerned about McClellin’s ability to step in and be an every down DE in the 4-3. I fear that since he doesn’t have elite strength and is a little undersized that he might get pushed around on running plays. Most NFL scouts were projecting him to be a 3-4 OLB and sub package rushers. His lack of production against weak competition is also troublesome. I think McClellin is a solid pick, but definitely not an ideal fit from a scheme stand point. Perhaps some work in an NFL weight program will do McClellin some good. Possible better fits: Chandler Jones DE, Reilly Reiff OT.
2nd Round, 45th overall selection: Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina 6’3″ 216lbs
Even with the Brandon Marshall acquisition, the Bears still needed help at the WR position. Jeffery was a dominant player at times while at South Carolina. Great redzone target who used his big frame to post up smaller corners on jump balls. Alshon Jeffery didn’t run at the combine, but weighed in at 216 lbs. 6’3″ and 216 lbs is ideal size for a WR. The only problem is that Alshon Jeffery has NEVER played at 216 lbs. Weight fluctuations have always been an issue for Jeffery and he was over 240 lbs at times in college. Jeffery ran an impressive 4.47 forty-yard-dash at his pro day, but he never seemed to play that fast. Jeffery isn’t a game breaker or a guy that will threaten a defense over the top. However, if Jeffery can keep his pro day speed and weight perhaps he can take his game to the next level. Either way he was the best WR left on the board and it was a position of need. Solid pick.
3rd Round, 79th overall selection: Brandon Hardin S Oregon State 6’2″ 223 lbs
This pick has an element of boom or bust to it. Athletically Hardin is a top safety prospect. Great size and also ran a 4.46 forty-yard-dash. However, it’s hard to say how productive Hardin will be because he had a hard time staying on the field. He missed all of 2011 with a shoulder injury and only had one year as a full-time starter. Given the Bears injury troubles at the safety position drafting another guy with a long medical history seems a bit troubling. He is reportedly another great character guy which is a theme in this draft. Emery is definitely big on adding high character players and that is possibly the most notable difference between he and his predecessor Jerry Angelo.
4th Round, 111th overall selection: Evan Rodriguez TE Temple 6’1″ 239 lbs
A pass-catching TE is obviously a position of need since the Bears traded Greg Olsen, but I am just not sure Rodriguez is that guy. They compare him to Aaron Hernandez. Yeah they are both smaller TEs and they are both latinos…and that is where the similarities end. Hernandez was EXTREMELY productive at Florida and that has translated to the NFL. Rodriguez never had more than 35 catches and 3 TDs in a season and that was playing in the MAC. Rodriguez tested out slightly better than average for his position group and has good quickness…but this feels like a big time reach for the Bears. They missed out on higher valued TEs in consecutive rounds(Egnew in the 3rd, Green in the 4th) so maybe the Bears just took the next TE on their board.
Overall I think the Bears had a nice draft and they addressed some needs. Every pick has some glaring red flags, but at least they aren’t character related red flags. The Bears did however fail to address one obvious need and that is the offensive line. Hopefully showing Mike Martz the door will help the Bears better protect Cutler. It’s somewhat stupid to gripe about a 7th round pick, but the Bears took a DB in back to back rounds with Michigan stand-out center David Molk still sitting on the board. That would have been a nice way to round out the draft, but at the end of the day it’s still just a 7th round pick.
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The Bears’ 2nd round pick is the 50th overall. Bears secured DE help needed by taking McClellin in the first round and should now look to fill holes at WR, OL, LB, TE, or DB in round 2. The following players would be great acquisitions for the Bears.
Lavonte David: OLB Nebraska
Likely to be gone by the time the Bears pick at 50, but he would be a great fit. A little undersized, but David is a great athlete and an absolute tackling machine. Being a smaller OLB in the Bears 4-3 scheme isn’t as big of deal because he won’t be asked to set the edge in the run.
Peter Konz: Center Wisconsin
Bears obviously need OL help. Selecting Konz would allow the Bears to kick Garza back out to guard and solidify the entire line.
Josh Robinson: CB Central Florida
Arguably the best athlete in the draft. His workout just about broke the combine. Not a guy that is ready to step in and start, but he can definitely help out on special teams and in sub-packages as he developes.
Zach Brown: OLB North Carolina
Similar to David as he projects as a great weakside 4-3 OLB. Has a little bit better size than David, but not as good as a prospect overall. Definitely a guy that can help the Bears immediately and in the future.
Mike Adams: OT/OG Ohio State
Adams probably has first round ability and size, but effort and decision making have been problem areas at Ohio State. Bears biggest weakness on offense is still the line play. Draft this kid and let Tice coach him up.
Bears fans should be thrilled if they come away with any of these guys.
PS: In the 3rd round the Bears selected Brandon Marshall. Fleeced city. Stupid Dolphins.
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- DE/OLB from Boise State
- 6’3″ 260 lbs
- 50 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 interceptions as a senior
Shea McClellin is a prospect that really flew up the draft boards after he put up good measurables at the combine and scouts went back looked at tape. I typically don’t like prospects like that, but McClellin is a guy that checks out in terms of character and he also fills a need. My chief concern(pun intended) is that McClellin isn’t really a fit from a scheme stand point. He is a little undersized to play defensive end with his hand on the ground in running situations. Most teams projected him as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. Maybe he can play with his hand on the ground, or maybe Emery made this pick with an eye towards the future when he fires Lovie Smith and brings in a coach that runs a 3-4 defense. Also, for a pass-rusher I feel like 7 sacks is a bit low. Boise State plays in a weak conference and almost always had big leads, which means other teams would be passing the majority of the time in an effort to catch up. So if McClellin was playing DE against weak competition knowing that he was able to just tee off on the QB, I think he should have been able to come up with more than 7 sacks. Who knows though, maybe he is a stud and the perfect fit opposite of Peppers. In this era of the NFL teams aren’t in their “base” defense more than 40% of the time anyways, so taking a situational pass-rusher in the first round isn’t a bad move.
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1. Indianapolis Colts– Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
Already announced and the most obvious pick maybe ever. I wouldn’t want to be Luck replacing a legend in a small redneck town like Indy is no small task.
2. Washington Redskins– Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
Redskins haven’t had a competent QB in my entire life. I remember them winning the Superbowl in like 1991 with Mark Rypien. Not exactly a hall of famer. RGIII is going to be a star.
3. Minnesota Vikings– Matt Kalil, OT USC
Lots of chatter about this pick being Claiborne or being traded. I think it is bullshit. Unless TB blows the Vikings’ doors off with a trade to move up to #3 then the Vikes take the LT to protect their QB of the future selected last season.
4. Cleveland Browns– Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
Best non-QB in the draft and probably the best running back the Browns have had since Jim Brown. This is a nice start to what will be an active draft for the Browns who have 13 selections to make.
5. Tampa Bay Bucs– Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
I am not as high on Claiborne as some, but he will be the first CB taken and will be a very good pro. This is a key piece for the Bucs since they play in a division with Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan.
6. St. Louis Rams– Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State
I personally think Floyd is going to be the better pro, but more people seem to be enamored with Blackmon. He has a ton of potential and this gives Sam Bradford his first legit #1 receiving option.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars– Fletcher Cox, DT/DE Mississippi State
This is a spot where I think the talent level starts to drop. Cox is a beast, but I bet the Jags will be working the phones hard trying to find someone that loves Tannehill enough to leap ahead of the Dolphins.
8. Miami Dolphins– Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
I think Tannehill will be a starter in the NFL, but I also think that about a few other guys projected to go later in the draft. Miami needs a QB desperately, so Tannehill is the choice.
9. Carolina Panthers– Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina
I really believe the Panthers will take a player from South Carolina. I am just not sure if it’s Gilmore or the DE Ingram. Personally I think Gilmore will end up being the best CB in the draft and you can never have enough DBs.
10. Buffalo Bills– Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
Bills could go a lot of ways here and a trade back wouldn’t surprise me. I think they go offense because they addressed some big needs on defense via free agency already this offseason.
11. Kansas City Chiefs– Luke Kuechly, ILB Boston College
Chiefs get a Mike linebacker they can build their entire defense around. Kuechly is everything you could want in an ILB. Best player left on the board at a position of need. Kuechly is the Pioli type of pick if Kuechly is gone they take Barron
12. Seattle Seahawks– Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
Big time pass rusher. I hate Pete Carroll so this is tough to admit, but he is building a pretty nasty defense up there in Seattle.
13. Arizona Cardinals– Reilly Reiff, OT Iowa
Position of need and the Cardinals have been playing an average of like 5 QBs a season. Adding Reiff to the O-Line hopefully keeps their glass QBs out of the ER this season.
14. Dallas Cowboys– Mark Barron, S Alabama
Cowboys desperately need secondary help and Mark Barron in special. Best safety in the draft. Probably a future pro-bowler. Wouldn’t surprise me if someone snagged him earlier than 14.
15. Philadelphia Eagles– Michael Brockers, DT/DE LSU
Brockers is probably a top 7 pick if he stays one more year at LSU. I look at him and I see a little Richard Seymour. Fills a need for the Eagles.
16. New York Jets– Dontari Poe, DT Memphis
I was watching a draft preview show the other night and one of Poe’s “highlights” was some little guy on Marshall stepping out of bounds in front of him. The guy is a physical freak, but he couldn’t even dominate Conference-USA. I think Poe is the biggest bust of the 1st round…which makes him the obvious Jets pick.
17. Cincinnati Bengals– David DeCastro, OG Stanford
Pretty high for a guard to be selected, but DeCastro is special. He is exactly what you want in a guard and it’s a position of need.
18. San Diego Chargers– Chandler Jones, DE Syracuse
The younger brother of Jon “Bones” Jones has been flying up draft boards. McShay has him going 12th. I don’t know…this guy wreaks of Vernon Gholston to me. Injured and not a ton of production. Chargers need pass rushers though.
19. Chicago Bears– Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
Coples has top 10 talent, but has slipped due to some character questions. Bears need DE help and fellow UNC alum Julius Peppers would be the perfect mentor for Coples. I could see the Bears trading out of this spot too and picking up an extra pick.
20. Tennessee Titans– Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
Kirkpatrick is a very physical corner who will upgrade the unit for the Titans. Best player available type of pick.
21. Cincinnati Bengals– Cordy Glenn, OT/OG Georgia
Bengals realize that the NFL is about winning the line of scrimmage. Taking two line-men in the first round should help them get more physical in the AFC North against Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
22. Cleveland Browns– Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech
The Browns start remaking their offense in the first round. Hill is a bit of a risk, but he can really fly. Developmental pick as the Browns continue to search for a QB. Maybe if they suck badly enough they can get Matt Barkley next year. Just a little more patience Browns fans…you’re getting closer to being competitive. I can feel it.
23. Detroit Lions– Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
I am sure the Lions would love to get their hands on a DB in this spot, but Janoris Jenkins is the only first round talent left on the board and he has serious off the field dramz. Already has four kids. Nobody wants another Cromartie on their hands. Martin is the safe pick and also addresses a need.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers– Jerel Worthy, DT Michigan State
Probably my favorite player on the bottom 3rd of the first round so it pains me to give him to Pittsburgh here. They need some more youth along the DL and Worthy is a fit.
25. Denver Broncos– Kendall Reyes, DT UConn
The offense is basically set now. Manning has proven that he can win throwing to guys like Blair White so the Broncos address a need and take DT Kendall Reyes.
26. Houston Texans– Kendall Wright, WR Baylor
Texans desperately need to give Andre Johnson some help in the receiving corps. Wright is the best WR left on the board.
27. New England Patriots– Courtney Upshaw, OLB Alabama
Honestly…I don’t like Upshaw and he doesn’t look like the type of edge-setter Bill normally covets. A little undersized. I really believe that with Upshaw, Mercilus, McClellin, Curry, among others at DE/OLB that Belichick will try to move back into the early 2nd round and pick up an additional pick. Cleveland would be a natural trade partner because as previously noted they have 13 draft picks this year and probably don’t want to use them all.
28. Green Bay Packers– Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB Illinois
Best name in the draft by a mile and loads of talent, but he slips because he really only had one big year in college. The Packers need pass rush help in a bad way. If Mercilus is still on the board they are sprinting to the podium to take him.
29. Baltimore Ravens– Dont’a Hightower, ILB Alabama
Ray Lewis can’t play forever( I don’t think) and Hightower can be groomed as his eventual replacement. He is mean and physical just how the Ravens like ’em.
30. San Francisco 49ers– Cody Fleener, TE Stanford
The 49ers were close to last in the NFL in passing offense last year and not all of that can be blamed on Alex Smith. The 49ers addressed the WR position in free agency by signing Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. Harbaugh takes the player he coached and recruited at Stanford and the 49ers move to a two TE offense much like the Patriots. Moss and Manningham outside, Davis and Fleener in the slots, and Frank Gore in the backfield will be dynamic no matter who is pulling the trigger at QB.
31. New England Patriots– Harrison Smith, S Notre Dame
Instant starter in the secondary for the Patriots. Smart, athletic, and good in both coverage and against the run. Fills a need as well since the Patriots were terrible against the pass and basically had open try-outs at the safety position last season.
32. New York Giants– Doug Martin, RB Boise State
Giants have the luxury of just taking the best player available and could go a lot of different directions here. Martin makes sense because the Giants just lost a RB to free agency and Bradshaw isn’t exactly durable. Could trade, could go secondary, could go OL. Whatever Giants. Go to hell.
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Phil Emery is on record saying that he would like to adopt the Patriots’ way in regards to building a team. As the foremost Bill Belichick expert in Chicago, I will break down how the master would handle the Bears draft board in 2012.
The Bears biggest positional needs are WR, OL, TE, DE, and DBs. The reason Belichick always seems to trade back or trade into next season is because he is looking for “value picks”. If he is sitting at 19 and he feels he could pick up a similar player to the one he would pick at 19 then he will move back. If not, he will stay put and make his pick (see: Nate Solder, 2011 draft).
Scenario 1: Michael Floyd available at 19
If Floyd somehow falls down to the Bears at this spot, they should sprint up to the podium. Belichick would recognize that there is a substantial drop off from Floyd to the next class of WRs. Belichick would take Floyd because he has tremendous value at 19 and it addresses a positional need.
Scenario 2: Stephon Gilmore available at 19
The Bears need to get younger and more athletic on defense. While Gilmore isn’t a perfect Cover-2 corner, he is a big, fast, and physical playermaker who is great in run support. The NFL becomes more of a passing league every day and when you’re competing against Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers twice a year you need big time players in your secondary. Belichick would take Gilmore.
Scenario 3: Both Floyd and Gilmore are gone
This is when Belichick would start working the phones to try and move back either later in 1st round or into the 2nd round while picking up additional picks. The reason being that there isn’t tremendous value on the board at this spot. The draft is particularly deep in DL this year, and there isn’t a DB, WR, or OL worthy of taking at 19. Ideal trade: Move 19 to Jacksonville for 38 and 101 in the 2012 draft, and a 3rd round pick in next year’s draft.
Scenario 1 Mock Draft
19. Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
50. Mike Adams, OT Ohio State
79. Ron Brooks, CB LSU
111. Phillip Blake, C Baylor
150. Darius Flemming, DE Notre Dame
Scenario 2 Mock Draft
19. Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina
50. Mike Adams, OT Ohio State
79. Dwayne Allen, TE Clemson
111. George Iloka, S Boise State
150. Marvin McNutt, WR Iowa
Scenario 3 Mock Draft
38. Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama
50. Mike Adams, OT Ohio State
79. Orsen Charles, TE Georgia
101. Mike Martin, DT Michigan
111. George Iloka, S Boise State
150. Tommy Streeter, WR Miami(FLA)
Obviously Belichick would slide up and down in every round, but the point is that he never falls in love with one player. He groups them in clusters according to value. Then if the board looks like he can get one of his guys later, he will trade back. Or if it looks as though a position he covets is flying off the board, he will move up(i.e. Gronkowski 2010 draft).
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