For the first time since 2005, the Chicago Bears find themselves drafting in the top 10 of the NFL Draft. With this, comes great responsibility.
Fans always wonder how some teams, despite injuries and other minor setbacks, seem to find themselves in the playoffs year after year. The answer is simple, they hit on their draft picks. A prime example is that of the rival Green Bay Packers.
Sustained Success is Built Through Draft
Look at this stat and think about it….
Stat of the Day: There are 57 players on the Packers active roster. Julius Peppers is the only person to play in a game for a different team
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 16, 2015
This is how you build sustained success.
So, come late April, Ryan Pace and John Fox have a very large decision on their hands, which ultimately won’t be determined until they see how picks one through six play out.
Hole at No. 2
Fresh off shipping wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets, the Bears added a nice complimentary piece in Eddie Royal, who will presumably take over the Bears primary slot position; however, there is still a rather large void at receiver.
Alshon Jeffery, entering a contract year, is going to be expected to drastically elevate his game in route to becoming the team’s No. 1 overall receiver. Jeffery, much like Marshall, lacks the true speed to take the top off the defense, but did manage to rack up over 470 yards after the catch (YAC) in 2014 largely due to his physicality and ability to extend plays.
Not bad, not bad at all.
This, however, does not change the fact that the Bears sorely lacked true speed at the position. Speed kills, and that’s no more readily apparent than in today’s NFL.
The 2015 NFL Draft presents a unique situation, one in which Pace is sure to take advantage of. The Bears are in a position to take the best player available in Round 1.
The reason being, while it’s true the Bears have numerous deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball, they may also be presented with a unique opportunity to add a game-changer in which they can pair with Jeffery at wide receiver for the foreseeable future.
The two names to keep an eye on are Alabama’s Amari Cooper and West Virginia’s Kevin White. Cooper is good, real good, but he simply drops too many footballs to warrant a top 10 pick in my book. White, on the other hand, has proven to be supernatural at the combine and has fantastic tape to back up his numbers.
White is the No. 1 WR on a host of analyst’s lists, including Rotoworld’s Josh Norris and NFL Media analysts Charles Davis, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah.
Bleacher Report’s NFL Draft guru Matt Miller seems to agree.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 16, 2015
Have the Bears shown interest you ask? Yes, yes they have.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) March 16, 2015
With all that being said, let’s take a closer look at the type of player the Bears could be adding by drafting a player the caliber of Kevin White.
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