2013 NFL Draft Recap: Chicago Bears
Round 1, Pick 20 (20): Kyle Long/OG/Oregon. Star Impact: ✪✪✪✪
Mobile and agile, can get down the line fast and plays with great strength. Instant plug and play starter at guard with the experience and upside to develop into a tackle. Originally committed to Florida State as a baseball player but was kicked out due to grades and DUI arrest. Transferred to Saddleback before landing in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense in Eugene. Good bloodlines: son of Howie, brother of Chris. Athleticism and upside fills a huge need for Bears.
Round 2, Pick 18 (50): Jon Bostic/ILB/Florida. Star Impact: ✪✪✪½
Keeps his head on a swivel, sniffs out the run, does well disengaging oncoming blockers and swarms to the football. Also has displayed adequate pass coverage skills, which makes him a complete, three-down backer. Tested faster than his game speed shows on film, sometimes takes poor angles to ball carrier. Brings intensity and vocal leadership to the locker room, ideal qualities to help take the place of Brian Urlacher. Could beat out DJ Williams for starter job.
Round 4, Pick 20 (117): Khaseem Greene/OLB/Rutgers. Star Impact: ✪✪✪½
Aggressive ball chaser with closing speed. Often blows plays up in the backfield before they even begin. Converted safety, has the skill-set to cover tight ends and some slot receivers. Suffered a broken ankle in final game of junior season and came back with vengeance as a senior. Wreaked havoc on the Big East, making plays all over the field and earning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors. Fits well with Bears, having played in the 4-3 at Rutgers. Has versatility to play all three linebacker spots. Will be groomed as eventual starter.
Round 5, Pick 30 (163) (From ATL): Jordan Mills/OT/Louisiana Tech. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Two-year starter who has had some inconsistencies in his game. Known to have strong work ethic and dedication to the game of football. Displays good flexibility and strength. His size allowed him to overpower defenders in Conference USA but he proved he could hang with the big boys with a strong showing in the Senior Bowl. Played in a spread offense attack, there may be a transition period of learning the intricate new playbook of Marc Trestman, who stated they would incorporate a read-option package into the offense. Needs to be coached up, a bit rough around the edges but has the frame and talent to emerge as a starting left tackle down the road.
Round 6, Pick 20 (188): Cornelius Washington/OLB/Georgia. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Workout warrior who has flashed glimpses of potential with quickness, athleticism and power. Was used primarily as a third down speed-rusher during his senior season. Was downright dominate at the Senior Bowl, making numerous tackles and delivering punishing hits. Questionable pass coverage skills might make him a one-trick pony. Was suspended two games as a junior for DUI. Could be effective getting after the quarterback for Chicago if used in that role. Dubbed as a classic underachiever, which caused him to slide in the draft.
Round 7,Pick 30 (236) (From ATL): Marquess Wilson/WR/Washington State. Star Impact: ✪✪
Has ideal height, length, speed ratio, with ability to stretch the field and leaping ability to be a red zone weapon. Does not use his hands effectively, struggles to get off the line against bump and run coverage. Subpar blocker. Was considered premier prospect after monster sophomore campaign, tallying nearly 1,400 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, while averaging 17 yards per catch. Quit Cougars football team this past year after clashing with head coach Mike Leach.
UDFA Watch (O): Mark Harrison/WR/Rutgers. Mentored by Brandon Marshall in draft season.
UDFA Watch (D): Demontre Hurst/CB/Oklahoma. Three-year starter who could help in slot.
Overall Impact Factor: 4★