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The Case Against Popular Bears Draft Picks


Many fans have taken to social media and blogs to voice who they think the Bears should take with the no.14 pick in this year’s draft. From Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Timmy Jernigan, every player taken will have huge potential, yet also has the chance to fail. We’ve seen Bears draft picks like Michael Haynes and Chris Williams become huge first-round flops for the team recently, and so another one won’t be a complete surprise. Here’s why each player that has been considered a top-pick for the Bears is a bad pick.

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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama: Clinton-Dix does not stand out. Clinton-Dix will be as good as everyone else is on a team. Playing on a great defense makes you look good, but Clinton-Dix is not the best player on the Alabama defense. He needs more stars around him, and the Bears can’t provide that as of right now. Tim Jennings can definitely play, but with how horrid the Bears defense was last season, he’ll just fade away and be as good as his defense is like he always does, and that doesn’t bode well for the Bears.

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Timmy Jernigan, Defensive Tackle, Florida State: Jernigan is a freak. One of the best defensive players in college, Jernigan was one of the key players that helped the Seminoles win the National Championship. But what did he do in the Championship Game? He sat on the sidelines in the biggest moment of his young career. Jernigan was beyond winded due to Auburn’s fast-paced offense. While it may not be a red-flag, the fact that he couldn’t fight through pain in this vital moment struck me as weak. As someone with asthma, I know how hard it is to play when you’re tired, but I’ve fought through that on much smaller stages to help a team win a game. If he can’t, then there’s a problem.

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Louis Nix, Nose Tackle, Notre Dame: This one is simple, Nix played at Notre Dame who ran a 3-4. While the Bears will be implementing some 3-4 formations into their defensive playbook, they still run a primarily 4-3 defense. Nose Tackle in a 3-4 is so much different than Defensive Tackle in a 4-3. It’s not as easy as taking a step over. The schemes make a big difference, as shown by some players failing in 4-3 when they succeeded in 3-4. A prime example is Shea McClellin.

Darqueze Denard, Cornerback, Michigan State: If you’d like to know why Denard won’t fit the Bears, look at Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Revis did not play horribly last season, it’s easy to say that it has been the worst season he has had since he earned the “Revis Island” moniker. Revis was not the best Cornerback last season and the reasoning is simple: he played zone coverage instead of man-to-man. Denard played well as an aggressive man-to-man Corner at Michigan State, and the Bears zone defense will hurt him. He is one of the best players in the draft, but wouldn’t be able to show that with the Bears.

These four players have shown up on the Bears radar the most recently. If you think there’s another player the Bears should draft, let me know in the comment box below, and I’ll tell you why the Bears shouldn’t.

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    Any player certainly has the potential to fail. But the reasoning for some of these is pretty flimsy.

    Clinton-Dix was one of the two best players on his defense (along with CJ Mosley). He was not made by the players around him, but instead helped make them better. We’ve never seen him play on anything but a dominant defense, which means we don’t know how he’d look trying to make a bad one better. That uncertainty might be a legitimate concern, but it’s not as strong as how you stated it above.

    As you mention with Dennard, Lovie is in Tampa Bay. The Bears are expected to play more man going forward (and have a decent amount the last 2 years). They have even said they will mold their defense around their personnel, so they would undoubtedly recognize’s Dennard’s strength in man coverage and utilize that a good amount.

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