There will not be much variety when it comes to my analysis of the 2011 Chicago Bears draft. I am more than on record as saying I believe the team should use each and every pick on an offensive lineman and hope they strike gold a few times. They have no other pressing position on their roster. If they solidify their club up front, they can easily win the NFC.
ere are two players I like in the second round.
RODNEY HUDSON G/C FLORIDA STATE
Video of Performance: Click here. (He’s #62)
Analysis from O-Line World: Click here.
Upside: Hudson is often applauded for his “nasty” and his versatility on the line (he’s believed to be a future center). He is also a terrific athlete with no history of health problems.
Downside: LeCharles Bentley says, ” Some coaches may believe he can play guard in the NFL based on his ability to anchor. The reality is he would be a great guard for about a season in the NFL because physically it’s very difficult to be the nail and not the hammer week to week in the NFL. Every defensive coordinator will instruct their 330lb DT’s to bull rush Rodney every single snap with the intent of breaking him.”
My Take: The Bears need to have an heir apparent for Olin Kreutz in place by the end of the 2011 season as OK can’t have many more season left in the Hawaiian tank. Hudson can fill the guard slot for a year and shift over for 2012 if he’s able.
But I’d prefer…
DANNY WATKINS G BAYLOR
Video of Performance: Click here.
Upside: From Beyond the Combine – “Delivers a good initial punch. Physical in the run game, finishes off blocks, plays with a nasty attitude. Drops hips well, Plays with good pad-level, good feet. An intelligent prospect that understands blocking schemes. Great upper body strength, plays with good posture, very patient. Good balance and body control. Showed at the Senior Bowl that he can anchor against the bull-rush on a consistant basis.”
Downside: From Shutdown Corner – “The former part-time firefighter (he went to Butte because of the school’s Fire Sciences program) will turn 27 years old in November, which may give potential NFL suitors pause as much as his lack of experience — his age could make him a one-contract guy. Doesn’t possess great second-level agility, but may be able to modify his technique over time to fit a zone-combo scheme. Watkins’ natural ability to adopt a new position will be tested by more complex NFL defenses — it wouldn’t be surprising if he struggles at first as his technique catches up to his raw ability.”
My Take: A 27 year-old Canadian with experience as both a firefighter and a hockey player. Yes, you could say I want this guy on the Chicago Bears.