The NFL industry can finally exhale. After three days of drafting and trading at the 2013 NFL Draft, now is the time that many fans look over their favorite team’s draft and think about what the future has in store for their beloved team. The Chicago Bears had an interesting draft to say the least. Interesting to the extent that some draft experts graded the Bears as winners, while other draft experts graded the Bears as losers. Nonetheless, lets review the Bears’ draft class.
- Round 1: Offensive Guard Kyle Long
- Round 2: Linebacker Jon Bostic
- Round 4: Linebacker Khaseem Greene
- Round 5: Offensive Tackle Jordan Mills
- Round 6: Defensive End Cornelius Washington
- Round 7: Wide Receiver Marquess Wilson
The best player to come from this draft class for the Bears may be former Florida linebacker Jon Bostic. Many scouts rated Bostic ahead of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. Linebacker Khaseem Greene was also a strong value pick for the Bears in the fourth round. Greene has drawn comparisons to Lance Briggs and Geno Hayes and will likely fit in well with the Bears’ 4-3 defensive scheme. The Chicago Bears have yet to re-sign defensive end Israel Idonije, who remains a free agent, so drafting Washington was smart decision for the Bears in the sixth round. Meanwhile, Mills figures to add depth and youth to the Bears’ offensive line.
The selection of Marquess Wilson is interesting. From a talent perspective, Wilson deserved to be drafted in the middle rounds of the draft as opposed to the seventh round. However, Wilson was plagued by controversy. The controversy is due to off-the-field issues that included quitting the Washington State University football team with only three games remaining and accusing Washington State head coach Mike Leach of verbal and physical abuse.
That brings us to the Bears’ first round selection Kyle Long. There was not one notable mock draft that predicted Long would be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Even Long was surprised that he was drafted in the first round. To say that the Bears might have reached with their selection of Long in the first round is an understatement. Long could very well be a significant contributor to an improved offensive line for the Bears, but there is no justification for the Bears passing on talents such as former Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert and former Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree.
While Bostic and Greene are impressive draft picks the Bears, the other selections by the Bears left a lot to be desired. For that reason, at this point, the Bears’ 2013 draft class can’t be graded higher than a C.