November 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) acknowledges the crowd before the Trojans play against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Day 3 Prospects To Watch For The Chicago Bears

The NFL Draft is entering the final day of the three-day event on Saturday. With three rounds in books, the remaining four rounds of the NFL Draft will be concluded on Saturday. The Bears, who were without a third round draft pick, made two selections in the first and second round that filled a team need. In the first round, the Bears selected former Oregon offensive guard Kyle Long. In the second round, the Bears selected former Florida linebacker Jon Bostic.

In day 3 of the NFL Draft, the Bears possess a draft pick in each of the remaining rounds with the exception of the seventh round. For the Bears, two areas of need that the team could look to fill in the final day of the draft is at the cornerback and wide receiver positions. So, one might expect the Bears to draft a cornerback and wide receiver with two of their three picks on Saturday. However, there are a couple of players available that could alter the Bears’ draft strategy.

Day 3 Prospects To Watch For The Chicago Bears

  • Quarterback Matt Barkley, USC: Drafting Barkley in the fourth round would be a steal for any NFL team. Last year, there was no question that Barkley would have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. This year, there was some debate, but many expected Barkley to be selected in the first round. We are now entering the fourth round, and Barkley is still available. There is no question that Jay Cutler is the Bears’ starting quarterback. However, if history is any indicator and Cutler plays similar to how he played during the 2012 season, the Bears will be in search of a new starting quarterback next off-season. That quarterback could be Barkley if the Bears draft him in the fourth round as a developmental quarterback.
  • Quarterback Ryan Nassib, Syracuse: Like Barkley, Nassib was projected to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Some draft experts felt that Nassib could even be a top 10 draft pick, however, the former Syracuse quarterback has lasted the first three rounds without being drafted. The fourth round is typically when teams begin to draft quarterbacks to develop. Nassib would not only be a steal for the Bears, but a good quarterback for the team to develop behind Cutler.
  • Wide Receiver Denard Robinson, Michigan: Robinson earned his reputation for being a quarterback at the University of Michigan. However, the expectation is that Robinson will play as a wide receiver in the NFL. The Bears are in need of a speed receiver to pair with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, and Robinson could be that receiver. Robinson possesses game-changing speed that could see him be used in the same fashion that the Minnesota Vikings used Percy Harvin.
  • Cornerback B.W. Webb, William & Mary: Chicago Bears’ general manager Phil Emery has put an emphasis on drafting players that are towards the top of the Bears’ athletic rankings. If the trend continues, then B.W. Webb could soon be on his way to Halas Hall. Webb has incredible athletic skills and has been praised for being a cornerback that has impressive vertical ability and strong hands. Webb projects similarly to current Bears’ cornerback Tim Jennings, and considering the success that Jennings has had with the Bears, the team may have Webb on their radar.

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