Angelo: Bears' draft plan includes quarterbac
hopfully its a UDFA pick.. not during draft where have bigger holes to fill:
Angelo: Bears' draft plan includes quarterback
By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter 12:25 p.m. CDT, April 21, 2011
The Chicago Bears currently have six picks for next week’s draft and if general manager Jerry Angelo wasn’t blowing smoke Thursday morning, one of them will be used on a quarterback.
The franchise swung and missed last year on its plan to develop Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour, a sixth-round pick who was released at final cutdowns. Angelo blamed Caleb Hanie's preseason shoulder injury for foiling the plan, but the fact is offensive coordinator Mike Martz campaigned long and hard for a veteran quarterback, eventually getting Todd Collins with two weeks to go before the start of the season.
LeFevour was going to sign on with the Bears' practice squad before the Cincinnati Bengals swooped in and signed him to their 53-man roster. Now, the Bears appear to be positioned to have Hanie reclaim the No. 2 role behind Jay Cutler in his fourth season with the team. That would create an opening for a rookie to be No. 3 on the depth chart.
"It can never be a luxury position," Angelo said. "We know that. We're looking hard again this year. We really want to develop our own and I really thought we had a good plan last year. The thing that really impacted that plan to coming to fruition, Caleb Hanie got hurt at a bad time. He got hurt early in the preseason and was going to miss the whole preseason.
"New staff having to come in. Now they really can't evaluate him. He can't develop. What do you do? You can't take a sixth-round draft pick and go into the season saying he's going to be the backup. That's not fair to the football team and/or him, so we went out and got the veteran and that's just what you have to do, but our goal, our plan, and I speak for our coaches as well, is to develop our own players. We feel real good about that and Mike Martz's track record in terms in doing that has been very good and there is no reason why we can’t do that so that will be our goal again this year."
The Bears have put North Carolina's T.J. Yates through a private workout. They’ve also taken a close look at TCU's Andy Dalton, but he could be moving into the first round, far before Angelo will be comfortable selecting a developmental passer. Martz attended Idaho’s pro day to look at Nathan Enderle