Grading the Bears draft

Grading the NFL draft moments afterward is always a speculative and dicing proposition. To be fair to teams, evaluators, and the players themselves, one must allow some time and perspective to fully assess. That said, it’s fun to discuss and give opinions, so without further adieu, let’s review the Chicago Bears draft:

Round 1, Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State…A surprise pick, the hard-working and fast-rising McClellin will be asked to contribute immediately at a position he hasn’t played fulltime. Though he’s added 12-14 pounds since the draft, the concern is McClellin will be engulfed by offensive tackles and unable to handle the double-team block. He possesses a nice first step, but not an elite. Grade: B-

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Bears add Troy OT Brown, 10 other undrafted free agents

Troy's James Brown was projected as a mid-round pick

Troy's James Brown was projected as a mid-round pick

The Chicago Bears inked Troy offensive tackle James Brown, who many projected as a mid-round pick, along with ten other undrafted free agents in the wave of signings following the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Brown, 6-4, 306, started 38 games at left tackle but struggled in the Senior Bowl against edge rushers and could move to guard. A former junior college player,  he earned All-First team Sun Belt honors his senior year. Brown is a good athlete with solid footwork and movement skills. He possesses long arms, an effective hand punch,and displays good lateral movement. Against better competition in Mobile, Brown looked out of place at tackle though, prompting evaluators to project him inside.

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Bears wind up draft with two defensive backs

Sixth round pick, CB Isaiah Frey

Sixth round pick, CB Isaiah FreyGreg McCoy, TCU

 

TCU CB/KR Greg McCoy

TCU CB/KR Greg McCoy

The Chicago Bears neglected key positions such as offensive line, defensive tackle, and linebacker, instead selecting two cornerbacks with their final two picks of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Bears could certainly use some shoring up in that department, with 2011 contributors Corey Graham and Zachary Bowman no longer with the team.

In the sixth round, the Bears tabbed Isaiah Frey, a 6-0, 183 corner who played in every game in his four seasons as a member of the Nevada Wolf Pack. Frey possesses good size, smooth change of direction skills, and can track the ball. READ MORE