Grade the Bears 2014 Draft

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What Grade Do You Give Phil Emery For the 2014 Draft?

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  1. soulman

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    Ferguson is raw and very inexperienced but with Ratliff signed for two years there's time to teach the kid how to assume that role. The great thing about Ratliff is that he can play either of the inside spots and I think that's what they want to get out of Ferguson so he can fill that role when Ratliff retires. Right now they want him to play as a NT but he's shown some of the type of ability to penetrate that a 3 tech needs as well.

    We needed more bulk at NT and Ferguson provides that. With Ratliff and Paea ahead of him they can work him into it without throwing him into the fire day one. I thought there were better choices in round two but I can also see the investment they decided to make here. Paea has struggled to stay healthy and Ratliff is good but aging so it's not like we had no need for a NT.
     
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    You have 5 guys that can play in some form by the start of this season and some FA's that look solid. With one FA being a possible secret weapon of untapped potential for Trestman to use in many options. You can't beat that for a no pick so this draft is an easy A+ I call it awesome job.
     
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    I think the two biggest bargains in this draft were Sutton and Vereen. These guy may never be All Pros but they can play the roles they were drafted to play and you can win with this type of player.

    After spending more time looking at Vereen as a college player I believe that if they'd left him at Safety for most of his career as opposed to shifting him back to CB from time to time (especially as a senior) that he probably would have rated a 2nd round grade just like Ward and Bucannon. The kid had all the measurables of a top notch DB and was a respected leader at Minnesota. Put him at FS and let him run the defensive backfield from there and we may have another Mike Brown.

    Sutton took some very bad advice and added weight he didn't need in his senior year. He's not a 315-320lb NT. He's a pure 3 tech just like Donald and he needs to play at 280-290lbs like Donald and like he did himself as a junior. If he'd have done that last year he'd more than likely have been neck and neck with Donald as the two top DTs in the draft. So he slid back and we actually got him cheap in the 3rd because he's already back to 290lbs now. This is a kid we can use as a weapon in the DT/NT rotation and he allows us to keep Houston at LDE on passing downs more often.

    These are the two mid round picks who I think will make this draft the best we've seen in a while.
     
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    Oops, I was wrong it's 6 guys that can play by start of season forgot the punter.
     
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    I like the fact we have the offensive system (and talent) in place that all we really need for success is a system QB. This guy (Fales) is extremely accurate & football-smart with his short to intermediate passes. All we need on the Bears now is a guy who doesn't give the ball away to the other team. Basically, just chuck the ball into the general zip code of Alshon or B.Marsh or M.Bennett and it's a completion or TD. We don't need a guy with a cannon for an arm, but just a guy with a brain who can work the field and move the chains. THIS is the Trestman system. It's killer-good and QB friendly. We saw that last year when Jay went down to injury. Hopefully, Trestman sees Fales as his kind of backup QB. When Jay goes down, trot this kid out and keep winning games. I hope this kid is our #2 this year.
     
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    Yup, just be smart and let our playmakers.. well.. make plays. Forte is a stellar RB and our receiving options are out of this world good. Plus I think Wilson is going to be a baller in the slot this year. Nice to have an offense that helps QB's, rather than brings them down. Remember when Rashied Davis and Devin Hester were our top target at receiver? And Kellen Davis being our big bad tight end? Plus we had reliable guys protecting our QB's on the line like Webb and Omiyale. Ahh, how times have changed. It's good to be a QB in Chicago and WR's no longer come here to die.
     
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    I was thinking today about how great it is to be a Bears fan right now. This is a franchise on the way up. Emery and Trestman are remaking the team into their vision, piece-by-piece. Some of these pieces are short-term players, while many are key youngsters for the long-haul success of the team. All of us (me included) want instant success, but we also realize it takes a few years for a new GM, HC, coaching staff & schemes to get on track with a new roster - and begin winning championships. I think we'll be significantly better this season, however the 2015 season will probably be the one where we have the team 100% rebuilt to the vision Emery and Trestman brought to Chicago. I'm okay with that. Especially since I can see a methodology here for sustained winning years into the future. More like you see in New England under Belichick. We can hate the guy, but we also have to give him his due. He knows football and usually puts a good team on the field most years. I see this kind of system getting built now in Chicago.

    These drafts don't have to produce all hits, but rather enough pieces to significantly improve our team with young players. I think we'll look back on these years and realize these were very good drafts. Probably as good as any team in the NFL. Not perfect drafts, but you don't get "perfect" drafts. It's like no MLB player bats 1000. You hope for a high average, but realize it's not an exact science with a team. Anyway, it's an exciting time to be a Chicago Bears fan.
     
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    Yep, to me its simple. We need another guy in the qb TC battle. Palmer is unproven. We had other needs and couldn't afford the pick it would cost to get a McCarron, Mettenberger ect. Trestman obviously supports this pick, otherwise I seriously doubt Emery would have made it.

    In the case that Cutler gets hurt and this guy finds himself on the field we don't need him to go out there and win games. We need him to keep the offense efficient by letting the other talent win games. In short, we need him to not do anything stupid that is going to put us in bad spots, and for the immediate future he can do that IMO. Follow the McCown mold and just be smart and safe with the ball to keep it moving. We don't need him to throw a 50 yard pass over a corner but under a Safety on a regular basis. I'm sure nobody will ask him to wire a 25 yard post over a LB and between both S's. I have doubts that he is
    the guy for the future but for the time being he will get a fair shot to show what he can do and gives us some cushion for when Jay goes down.
     
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    Way I see it here is what we have.

    Day one starters/Impact players
    Fuller, O'Donnell ***50/50 shot that Ferguson or Sutton ends up here IMO**

    Role Players/ST contributors
    Ego, Sutton, Carey, Vereen

    Developmental/Emergency Depth
    Fales, Leno


    I can see a solid 5 of these guys sticking and ending up as long term players for us.
     
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    Took the words right out of my mouth. I feel the same. I think they both were bargain picks that can be huge for us.
     
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