The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Chicago Bears’ choices over the weekend raised a lot of eyebrows. GM Phil Emery didn’t add the pass-catching tight end many analysts expected, and the first player he did bring in was one of the most unlikely choices of the first round.
Here’s a look at every pick the Bears made and how successful each move is likely to be (corrected for lower expectations in the later rounds):
Round 1 (Pick 20): OG Kyle Long, Oregon
The second son of former Raider Howie Long to wind up in the NFL, Kyle Long may wind up blocking older brother Chris when the Bears play the Rams in November.
Kyle is a phenomenal athlete at 6’6”, 313 lbs, and he can play multiple positions on the line (a major need for Chicago). However, he’s also immensely raw, with just one season of college experience, and the Bears had plenty of chances to address other needs with more proven players here.
Round 2 (Pick 50): LB Jon Bostic, Florida
The SEC has cornered the market on defensive talent in recent years, so it’s hard to fault the Bears for looking in that direction as they try to replace Brian Urlacher.
Bostic was the best linebacker on a strong Gator defense, racking up 68 tackles (including 6.5 for loss), two interceptions and three sacks. It wouldn’t be any surprise to see him starting by the end of the 2013 season.
Round 4 (Pick 117): LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Converted safety Greene put up spectacular numbers at outside ‘backer for a largely forgettable Rutgers defense. As a senior, Greene had 136 tackles (12 for loss), six sacks, 10 hurries, six forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns.
After Lance Briggs, the Bears are neither deep nor talented at linebacker, and Greene could be a huge steal to help with that need.
Round 5 (Pick 163): OT Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
Mills’ Senior Bowl week suggests that he’s walking a fine line between competitor and hothead, as he was involved in minor scraps with multiple defensive linemen. He’s got the body for an NFL tackle (6’5”, 316 lbs), but rarely faced elite defenders as a collegian. This also would have seemed a likely spot to bring in pass-catching help, since Mills is hardly a can't-miss choice.
Round 6 (Pick 188): DE Cornelius Washington, Georgia
The 6’4”, 265-lb Washington lit up the combine with a 4.55 40 time, 36 bench-press reps and a 39-inch vertical leap. He played linebacker for the Bulldogs but should be able to shift to end in Chicago’s 4-3 sets.
Round 7 (Pick 236): WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State
Wilson left the Cougars after being suspended with three games remaining in the season, but whether the blame should go to the wideout or the coaches is far from clear. Assuming he’ll have his head on straight as a pro, he’s another big (6’3”) target for Jay Cutler, but he’s unlikely to make much of an impact as a rookie after an unremarkable performance at WSU.