Unfortunately this is not a very strong class for LBs. I'm a huge ND fan and I think Te'o will be a solid pro, but if we are look for a sensational LB to rock the house they aren't available in this upcoming draft. But I'd take him with he 32nd pick of Rd 1 if he's still there.
I thought the exact same thing BBPB. It really isn't a great crop of LB's coming out next year. 32nd pick of the first would be perfect for us
Originally Posted by BigBadPapaBear
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Devonte Holloman is a giant, field general roverback for the Game Cocks. Hell of an athlete, too. Having said that, I don't want to go that route again (there's only one Brian Urlacher) and I'm not nearly as down on the top of this LB class as some here are. In fact, I'm positive the very top 4-3 LBs will be better than this year's crop.
Originally Posted by matsellah
I think you have to, maybe not round 1, but you better grab the guy you want. Remember Url has a few reoccuring injuries that when they flare up his play goes considerably south, and w/age those are going to be more often. Get the guy you think can replace him and work him into it. As long as the kid is on the field, I'd rather deal w/that vs OL or DE. From here on out you should be able to get those guys outside the 1st.
Originally Posted by bearsinhouston
Well there is no doubt that JA not only had us behind in terms of our current roster, but he left us with several ticking time bombs. Getting it all corrected and getting to where we have a good pipeline of quality backups for all positions will take us years longer to fix. It's just a matter of hitting the positions giving us the most pain and working our way down. Honestly, I'd hate to be Emery for the next several years. The guy has done a great job in his first year. The WR transformation (on paper) is nothing short of incredible. He also fixed the problem that put us out of the playoffs last year - QB depth. He tried to address the DE problem with the resources we had left. I don't know if Shea is the answer or not, but I'm sure willing to wait and see. I just can't remember when I was looking forward to off-seasons. Off seasons were always a bummer, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing what Emery does next year.
Originally Posted by Riczaj01
Indeed Emery have done incredible things doing his short time at Chicago.
Originally Posted by bearsinhouston
I think and I hope Shea will solve the DE problems, I really have high hopes for that kid.
As goes for Emery and the next year and the problems, what he have showed us at the short time in Chicago, I think he'll do better than we can imagine. I'm staying optimistics and hope for the best. And I can only agree with you, can't wait to see what Emery pulls off in next off season FA and draft.
At some point in time, probably sooner than later, we need to look at who our next MLB will be. We've been fortunate over the last 30 years or so that the careers of Singletary (12 yrs.) and now Urlacher (in his 12th year) have lasted as long as they did/have. That 8 years in between the two were not a great ones for our defense.
We need to draft someone who can pick up the mantle of Bears MLB and we may have to sift through players to do it. The chances of getting a 4th HOF MLB following Butkus, Singeltary, and Urlacher aren't that good unless we do some serious scouting and we take on early in the draft. If we end up on a serious winning streak over these next few years we won't be picking very early.
This is one position where Emery needs to earn his keep. The cornerstone of the Bears defense is usually a very strong LB core led by the MLB. Our two best LB's are within a few years of retirement. It's not time to push the panic button but I think it is time to start looking for guys to fill those spots.
I can see the Bears taking a wait and see position right now. Assuring that Urlacher has healed from that knee injury and also determining Lovie's fate are both factors in the decision process and both will be made clear this season. But even if it's likely that both will be staying on a bit longer we still need to start the search for replacements for both Urlacher and Briggs. Next years draft would be a good time to start.
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ok, so say that there is a disaster at either the LT or DE position this year. The LT can't stop the pass rush and Cutler is getting hammered. Or we are getting no pressure on Rodgers and he is carving us up. Or both. We have no idea what is going to happen this year. Until that happens, you can't set priorities.
So say we have the above problems and Urlacher and Briggs continue to play well. We all know it can't continue forever, but do you ignore a current problem (mentioned above) in order to fill a future need in replacing aging players? I just don't think you do that. Well, I should say that's not what I would do.
I stick to my position that you don't have the luxury of filling a future need when you have current needs. Now maybe both LT and DE play great and Urlacher or Briggs (or both) get injured. Now you have the reverse situation. But irregardless, until the year unfolds and the results of how players are playing and who got injured are in, I say you can't say you need to draft a LB or a LT or anything else. There are just too many open needs (with future needs woven in) and still too many moving parts (unknowns) to be able to make a rational decision.
From my viewpoint, all I am willing to say is that LB is a definite need to be addressed. Where it sits in next years drafts pecking order of needs remains to be seen.