Bears get bang for their buck

April 24th, 2010 - 3:34 pm

They did not have a first- or second-round pick, but the Bears got good value with their five remaining draft choices while also addressing some positions of need in this weekend’s 2010 NFL Draft.

The Bears kicked off their own draftboard on Friday night when they selected Florida safety Major Wright.  The Bears reportedly were eyeing a few players at the position and felt fortunate when Wright fell to them.

“He was the last one there,” general manager Jerry Angelo said. “That was a bit of luck.”

Wright is an aggressive safety with good instincts who has a knack for making big hits.  He’s expected to play free safety for the Bears but some say he needs to work on his coverage skills.  If the worst should happen and he does not pan out at free safety, he’d at least be an upgrade at strong safety.  One thing Wright does well that the Bears have not had since Mike Brown left the team is provide leadership in the defensive backfield.  Wright was compared to Brown by multiple coaches after he was drafted.

On Saturday, the Bears picked up a few value picks while also addressing needs.  With their fourth-round pick, they nabbed Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton, a player with second-round talent who fell to the fourth round due to concerns over a torn ACL he suffered in early 2009.  At 6-6, 270 pounds, Wootton has good size and can bull rush the passer well.  Mobility may be an issue due to the knee injury.

In the fifth round, the Bears selected cornerback Josh Moore from Kansas State, another player whose talent level is greater than those normally selected in Round 5.  The Chicago Tribune reported that three scouts say Moore has third-round talent.  Moore lacks ideal strength and will need to work on that to become a more steady contributor. Moore is a good athlete with solid coverage skills, though.

The Bears’ sixth-round pick was a bit of a head-scratcher, even for the analysts on the NFL Network. With two first-round picks dealt to Denver for quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears already had so much wrapped up in their franchise quarterback.  That didn’t stop them from making another value pick by selecting Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour. LeFevour had an extremely productive college career although he played in a weak MAC conference. The Bears were looking to possibly add a veteran backup to the position, but they may elect to go with Cutler, LeFevour, and Caleb Hanie instead.

With their final pick of the draft, the Bears selected offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb from West Texas A&M, a Division II school.  Webb has enormous size at 6-foot-8 and 328 pounds.  He could take some time to develop due to inferior competition in college.

In all, the Bears were able to address needs at three positions while also getting value at two others.  How well those needs are filled will be determined in camp.

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