Da Bears Draft Part 2
After that heart attack inducing Blackhawks game last night I'm sure many people forgot about the NFL draft. Sadly after making two, what I felt, good picks the remaining 3 picks weren't as good.
With their 5th round pick they selected cornerback Joshua Moore, 5'10 1/2 188 lbs from Kansas State. Moore was a honorable mention to the all Big 12 team this year but lacks top end speed and was redshirted in 2007 due to academic reasons. I'm not sure where he fits among all the other corners they have. The coaching staff seems very excited about him but I have serious questions about a kid who comes out as a junior to be a 5th round pick. His reasoning for entering the draft was to improve his family's financial situation. This is my pick for the rookie redshirt.
With their 6th round pick the Bears drafted a little bit of a feel good story. They drafted local kid Dan LeFevour out of Central Michigan. Between periods at the Hawks game I was able to see Dan getting interviewed with a framed jersey of Walter Payton behind him. At 6'3 230 lbs he has the body and size to be a NFL QB, plus he also ran a 4.66 40 yard dash at the combine, but coming out of a spread offense and with 2 other young qbs behind Cutler I wonder how Dan will fit in. My guess is they try to place him on the practice squad but if it doesn't look like he will clear waivers and they don't sign a veteran backup I would expect Brett Basanez to be released.
So they have addressed the defense with 2 DB's and an end while drafting a project QB so which direction did the Bears go with their 7th round selection? They went big drafting offensive tackle 6'7 330 lbs J'marcus Webb of division II West Texas A&M. Webb will be a longshot to make the team but could be a good practice squad player. There isn't a lot of info out there on Webb but he played at a Junior College for 2 seasons before transferring to Texas for one year before finishing up at West Texas. With proper coaching Webb could be a good project that hopefully this staff can coach up enough for the next staff to give him a look.
After the draft finished the Bears signed center Tim Walter from Colorado and defensive lineman Jimmy Saddler-McQueen from Texas A&M Kingsville. Tim was a honorable mention to the All-Mountain West team while McQueen comes from another division II college from Texas and played in the Texas vs. Nation college game that also saw Webb play in.
So what does everyone think? How did they do? Jerry didn't draft anyone from Vandy or Abilene Christian but he did get a Florida guy and he did find guys from other small little Texas division II schools.
Rumor also has it that Da Bears might be interested in signing recently released guard Alan Faneca. I think this could be a great pickup and could be a Ruben Brown type guy for this line.