2012 NFL Draft - Chicago Bears

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Chicago Bears - NFC North, 2012 Draft Selections & Prospects

Chicago Bears

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay   

- 2011 Chicago Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Chicago Draft Breakdown

The Draft Was ... questionable. It's not that Shea McClellin was a bad first round pick at the 19, it's that it seems like the Bears want him to be something he's not. He's not really a hand-on-the-ground end and will have to be more of an outside linebacker. WR Alshon Jeffery was a good chance to take in the second, but the rest of the draft was full of question marks. Brandon Hardin is a guess of a safety pick in the third round considering his injury issues, and GM Phil Emery is gambling that either late round corner picks Isaiah Frey or Greg McCoy will be serviceable.
Best Value Pick: WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, 2nd round
Worst Value Pick: S Brandon Hardin, Oregon State, 3rd round
They Should've ... gone after a corner much, much earlier. CB Jamell Fleming went one pick after Harding and Dwight Bentley went two picks after. It's asking for pure luck to get a productive player after the third round, and the Bears tried to get a corner in the sixth and seventh.
Division Draft Ranking: 4
Overall Draft Ranking: 26

First Round
 DE Shea McClellin, Boise State
6-3, 260
Overall Pick No. 19 CFN Overall Ranking: 113

CFN Analysis: Ugh. He was one of the highest-rising prospects over the last few days, he's a pass rusher for a defensive front that's getting old in a hurry at linebacker and needs more defensive end help to go along with Julius Peppers. The Bears needed defensive linemen and didn't go for a tackle, and they need another receiver and didn't go after Kendall Wright, and not the pressure is on new GM Phil Emery to have nailed this pick. There's talent and potential, but it's still a bit of a reach. .

Versatile with a good skill set to work as an outside linebacker as well as an end, he has the fire and the fight to produce anywhere he plays. After bulking up a bit he's better built to be a 4-3 end with the ability to stay on the field for all three downs. He doesn't miss a tackle and he's great at chasing down ball-carriers. While he'll battle and he should be stronger at the bigger weight, he has to become functionally stronger and better in the weight room to hold up for a full 16-game season. Not quite athletic enough to be a starting linebacker and with average end skills, he might be a bit overdrafted considering his worth will be as a backup in several spots. Even so, every coach will love his effort and will wish the rest of team could play with the same intensity.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Second Round

WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (Jr.) 6-4, 216
Overall Pick No. 45 CFN Overall Ranking: 24
CFN Analysis: At the end of 2010 he might have been a top ten pick, he had that much potential and was that hot a prospect. As long as he keeps his weight in check, and as long as he wants it, he could become a brilliant value pick here. After stealing Brandon Marshall from Miami, now the Bears have another real, live wide receiver and a part of a passing game. The offense hasn't had a receiver this talented in a long, long time, but there's bust potential if he doesn't do the work to maximize his potential. However, he was a need pick the Bears had to make.

After cutting down the fat a bit after playing at 230, he still has ideal size and the physical tools to know how to handle his bulk. Very tall, very tough, and with the right attitude, there's a chance he could be a phenomenal value pick after likely sliding a bit after a poor season. Yes, he struggled to produce last year compared to 2010 – he had top ten overall potential after his sophomore season - but quarterback issues and a bit of a change in offensive focus had a lot to do with that. The top-end deep speed isn't there at an elite level, and it would be a big help if he camped out with the NFL strength and conditioning coach to rock up his body a bit, but the potential is there if he works for it and decides he wants to be a star. He'll be a relatively cheap and easy chance to take after the first round.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round

S Brandon Hardin, Oregon State 6-3, 222 (FS)
Overall Pick No. 79 CFN Overall Ranking: 231
CFN Analysis: The Bears haven't had a good, solid safety since Mike Brown and haven't been able to fill the void. Hardin has the skills, but he needs to find a role right away. He's not a corner and he needs to grow into a role at one of the safety jobs. There's upside, but he might be a tough sell early on for the Bears fans who are still trying to figure out the Shea McClellin pick in the first round.

Is he a huge corner or is he a true safety? He's a little of both with excellent speed, tremendous size, and phenomenal all-around athleticism. There are few defensive backs in the draft as versatile and with the same tools, and there are few who can bring the lumber and stay with speed receivers with just as much skill. However, he didn't quite do enough on the field when the ball was in the air and he'll need at least a full season or two to learn the subtle nuances of whatever position he ends up playing. With his raw skills and upside he'll be an intriguing project for some defensive coordinator with a little imagination, but it'll take a little work.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fourth Round

TE Evan Rodriguez, Temple 6-2 244
Overall Pick No. 111 CFN Overall Ranking: 220
Originally a fullback, he worked out at tight end this offseason and showed he could be like a poor man's Aaron Hernandez. He's not all that tall and he's built a bit like a blocker, but he's an athletic receiver who moves well, times fast, and has the look of a possible sleeper target who can be a key part of a passing game. He'll block, but he's not going to blast away on anyone. In this class, though, he's one of the better hitters. There are warning signs after some off-the-field issues, and he might not be good enough in any one area to be a strong starter, but he's a good enough receiver to find a home as an H-back.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round  

Sixth Round

CB Isaiah Frey, Nevada 5-10, 190
Overall Pick No. 184 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
The speed is there and he has decent size, but he's a marginally-talent defender who can't be used as a starting NFL corner. There's a chance he can find a role in a rotation or in nickel and dime situations, and he can be used on special teams, but he's a speed guy and that's it.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round

CB Greg McCoy, TCU
Overall Pick No. 220   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent