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08 Mock Draft & FA Signings

Posted on: March 5, 2008 12:25 pm
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 Here is what I think the Bears will do for the remainder of FA, I would like more to happen, but this is the minimum that needs to happen.:

- Sign Shane Olivea or Maurice Williams as a Guard.

-Other possibilities: Max Starks -OT, Bryant Johnson -WR, D.J. Hackett -WR, Eugene Wilson -FS.  But I doubt these guys will be signed.

Then the draft will go as follows:

1st: Ryan Clady, Chris Williams or Jeff Otah, OT

-These guys can all come in right away and start.  They all can play LT, so John Tait could be moved back to his natural side, RT.  Williams does have short arms and little strength, but his technique is perfect.  Otah is a mauler, but needs to improve his technique.  Clady is the best of the 3.

2nd: Joe Flacco or Chad Henne, QB

-I would prefer Flacco here, mainly because he has more upside.  Both are very intelligent QBs, and learn very quickly.  Henne will need less time learning because of the system he came from.  But he is a little slower and less mobile.  Flacco came from a spread offense that used the shotgun ALL the time.  He needs to work on his footwork and timing.  But he is incredible mobile and can buy extra-time.  Both have rockets for arms, but Flacco has the slight advantage, whereas Henne has the slight advantage in accuarcy.

3rd: Jordy Nelson, William Franklin, Adrian Arrington or Paul Hubbard, WR

-All of these guys are bigger receivers.  Franklin is the smallest @ 6'1.5", but he is also the fastest.  The rest are all 6'3".  Jordy Nelson will more than likely go in Round 2, but if he is available, he is a must take. He has great hands, runs extremely well, and is not afraid to to go over the middle.  Arrington is more of a sleeper.  He is a Junior, but if he were to stay in school, I think he would have become a 1st Round prospect.  He is not a burner, but he has great hands and runs his route well.  What the Capital One Bowl highlights from this year, and you will know why I have him in the 3rd Round.  Paul Hubbard is another big receiver that has great hands.  He is a consistent target that will run good routes.

3rd: Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles or Kevin Smith, HB

-Forte is a bruiser.  He is a very intriguing specimen.  He has the speed to run away from defenders, but he also has the power to run through them.  He didn't play against the top competition at Tulane, but he RAN through every defense (multiple 300 yd games =over 2,000 yards in the season while missing the last 2 games).  Jamaal Charles is a burner.  He is a little small, but has room to add more bulk.  But this kid is a natural track star that is a homerun threat everytime he touches the ball.  Kevin Smith is a great HB, but many have criticize his playing weak competition.  He carried the ball more often than any other college back, and team knew he was going to get the ball, but he still ran through defenses.  He was just 1 game short of breaking Barry Sanders rushing record.  He has amazing vision and burst to get through the hole.  He may not break many 50+ yd runs, but he will get yards consistently (like Thomas Jones).

4th: Craig Steltz, SS

-A very smart safety.  He has good speed, but can improve his coverage ability.  He is only a one year starter, but that is because he was playing behind LaRon Landry (1st Round selection in 07).  He will become a very good starter, he just needs some time to develop.  A great pick in the 4th.

5th: Best Available - DT, WR, or OL - Barry Richardson, OT?

-A big RT, who is not quite ready to start, but has all the tools to become a very good NFL T.  Tait is getting older, and he can become his future replacement.

6th: Best Available - DT, WR, or OL - Andre Fluellen, DT?

-His stock went down because of the Florida State academic scandal.  He has the ability to become a very good DT, he just needs good coaching.

7th: Best Available - Any position - Let the Bears staff work their defensive magic and find a diamond in the rough.

I think if the draft and offseason went this way, the Bears would look very good in 08.

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