GM: @thebrunomacedo –> 2 OL, 1 DT,
……….+ Tennesse 1’st Round Pick (2012 – Via Washington)
2.09 Chicago* (11-5)(Via Was) @thebrunomacedo – Rodney Hudson, G/C – FSU
2.30 Chicago* (11-5) @thebrunomacedo – Drake Nevis, DT – LSU
6.30 – 195. Chicago Bears: Derek Newton, OT Arkansas St.
Cincinnati Bengals have traded picks 2.03 and 4.04 for Chicago Bears 1.29 pick
Washington Redskins have traded 1st rd (’12) (TENN) + 2.09 for Chicago Bears picks 2.03, 3.29, 4.04, 4.30, 5.29, & 4th (’12).
By way of two trades, the Bears reduced their total number of picks from six to three. To their credit, they made good use of their remaining picks and netted a few good ones for 2012. However, they could have worked the board better to make sure they addressed some of their more immediate needs.
Chicago’s GM opted to trade down twice before selecting Florida State offensive guard Rodney Hudson. An athletic interior lineman with underrated strength, Hudson should be able to start from day one at one of the team’s guard spots. However, their shuffling between draft spots left them unable to make an even more important upgrade at offensive tackle: the first trade-down led to them missing out
on Derek Sherrod; the second one put them out of play for Ben Ijalana.
The Bears’ draft was redeemed a bit by the excellent value they were able to get late in the second round in LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis. Nevis may be undersized, but his explosive first step and quick hands make him an ideal fit as a three-technique in the team’s Tampa 2 defense. Under Rod Marinelli’s tutelage, Nevis could become an effective long-term replacement for Tommie Harris.
The odd trades left Chicago without any mid-round picks, so they had to wait until the sixth round to pick Arkansas State offensive tackle Derek Newton. Newton’s a nice developmental guy, but the lack of picks denied the Bears an opportunity to take a ready-made offensive tackle or a promising receiver. As a result, the cupboards in Chicago are well-stocked, which is unfortunate for a team looking to prove their 2010 playoff run wasn’t a fluke
Graded by Aaron Aloysius – @AaronAloysius