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ATM: Three Reasons The Bears Shouldn’t Draft Quenton Nelson

| March 21st, 2018

Quenton Nelson is widely considered to be the best guard to enter the league in several years and the Bears have a big hole at that position. But here are three reasons they shouldn’t draft the Notre Dame guard with the eighth pick.

3. Generational prospects are rarely generational players.

It seems like we have a player who is considered a generational prospect every year, but those guys almost never pan out.

It’s too early to make a call on either of the last two drafts, but look at recent history. Jameis Winston isn’t a generational quarterback like he was thought to be. Jadeveon Clowney is terrific, but hardly generational. What about Reggie Bush? Ndamukong Suh? Even Andrew Luck has been brilliant when he’s on the field. But generational? No.

The guys who end up being generational players are the ones no one — or at least very few — thought would be. JJ Watt and Aaron Donald both went closer to the middle of the first round, Randy Moss barely cracked the top-20, Aaron Rodgers went 24th.

The draft is a crap shoot. There is no such thing as a sure bet. This isn’t even the first time this decade we’ve heard someone described as a generational guard. Remember Chance Warmack? He went 10th and he’s a backup for another team now.

Nelson is bigger, stronger and more athletic than Warmack, but their predraft profiles are almost identical. It’s so rare that players who have the predraft hype of Nelson actually pan out.


2. Positional value is a real thing.

Even if Nelson really is a generational guard, it doesn’t mean he’s going to have a massive impact on the Bears going forward.

The Bears have had terrific guard play nearly every season since they drafted Kyle Long in 2013 — pairing him with either Josh Sitton or Matt Slauson. It hasn’t translated into wins.

Top 10 picks should be used on players you can’t otherwise get: quarterbacks, pass rushers and guys who take the ball away. Generally, you can’t find those players later in the draft. It isn’t just that teams can find guards later in the draft, it’s that the best guards are usually found later in the draft.

  • Andrew Norwell was an undrafted free agent and is now the highest paid guard in the league.
  • There are 23 guards who have contracts that pay an average of $6 million per season. Only five were taken in the first round and only two of those five still play for the team that drafted them.
  • The only position that has a lower percentage of first round picks among it’s highest paid players is center.

The 2018 draft looks a lot like the 2013 draft when Warmack was one of two guards drafted in the top 10. Both he and Jonathan Cooper are barely hanging on in the league. Justin Pugh and Long went 19th and 20th that same year, Travis Frederick was 31st, Larry Warford went 65th and Brian Winters was 72nd. There is going to be really good value in the middle rounds, something the Bears have to keep in mind.

The Bears have had great guard play for a number of years and we’ve seen how well that has worked out.


1. Harry Hiestand.

With the best offensive line coach in the world, the Bears should be able to put together a really good offensive line without having to spend a top-10 pick on a guard.

Nelson comes into the draft already having the advantage of being coached by Hiestand. That’s largely why he was so great in college and why he’s going to be a starter from Day One in the NFL. There’s no reason why Hiestand shouldn’t be able to take a second or third rounder and make them into a capable starting guard. It’s what the really good teams with great offensive line coaches do.

The Packers let both Josh Sitton and TJ Lang go the last two years and replaced them without much of a hiccup because they have a great offensive line coach. The Bears have two players — Jordan Morgan and Hronis Grasu — who could really benefit from Hiestand’s coaching, but that wouldn’t matter if the Bears took Nelson in the first round. Unless, of course, Kyle Long isn’t in the team’s plans going forward.

I wouldn’t have a problem with most teams using a high first-round pick on Nelson, but no other team has Hiestand. With that advantage, the Bears should be able to build a terrific offensive line year in and year out without having to spend premium assets up front.

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  • simonplewis

    Reason 4, they won’t be picking at eight, in my opinion.

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    • leftcoastdave

      Let’s hope.

  • JC

    Thanks for the reality check. A big part of my interest in Nelson was because I don’t understand giving up Sitton without a decent replacement lined up. A crappy o-line can destroy any game plan that doesn’t include Aaron Rodgers. I’m sure there is a plan. Just not seeing it yet.

    • Carlos Pendleton

      Nelson, will more than likely be gone, if he isn’t pace won’t draft him anyway, because you can get a decent guard or center later in the draft, plus Pace may get a center and move Whitehair to guard, defense wins games and championships, the Bears will either trade down or get one of the defensive players!!!!

      • SC Dave

        Like defense just won the Super Bowl

        • Carlos Pendleton

          I wasn’t talking about the last one and count em up defense has won way more super bowls then offense and defense won this one on the last play also, you must be blind!!!!

          • SC Dave

            *one play* means the defense won the game? Speaking of blind…

          • Irish Sweetness

            Offense wins games. Defenses win Championships, yes. It is a truism of the NFL, not a myth.

            SF and NE and Miami had great offenses in 1985. Did any of them win the superbowl?

          • Actually, Irish sweetness, the truism was offense sells tickets, defense wins championships. Shows you how old the saying is, from the days when NFL owners worried about ticket sales and making payroll. Also a dig at the high scoring pre merger AFL.

        • John F

          Gotta agree with SC here.

          Over the last 50 years the average total SB score has gone from the high 30’s to the high 50’s. Defense will keep things close, but you need to score (primarily via the passing game) given today’s rules.

  • SC Dave

    One reason we should absolutely draft Quenton Nelson:
    “I want to dominate all my opponents. I want to take their will away to play the game.”

    • That Guy

      So you don’t think other guys have that same attitude?

      • CanadaBear

        I think other guys think that way but Nelson proves it on the field. He’s a relentless bastard! His attitude reminds me of Kreutz. Not that I think Olin is a nice guy or anything but in his prime, his attitude was contagious on the OL.

    • leftcoastdave

      At Notre Dame they also go to classes and have the summer off.

  • ButtonShoes

    Chubb or Fitzpatrick. That’s where I’m leaning towards now. I don’t hate Nelson, but after reading this…yeah, don’t spend a top-10 pick on a guard.

  • That Guy

    If Chubb is there at 7, does anyone consider trading up to get him?

    While I see AD’s argument here (i.e., don’t consider Nelson a long-term lock just because he’s rated so high, you don’t want to blow a top-10 pick on a guard), I agree that you’ve got to temper the “BPA” fervor with “what do we need?”

    LB is a screaming need on this team. The guys who project to be available in the first half of the 1st round are difference makers (ILB and OLB). Sure, Nelson is a difference maker and plugs a hole, but guard is an easier hole to fill than LB.

    Draft the best LB available at 8, and the best LB available in Round 2. In Round 4, then you can start considering interior Oline, WR, and some sort depth at RB or CB.

    Which, given our need at Safety last year, and Pace’s total bypassing of the talent available in the first 2 rounds, then picking up a long-term answer in Jackson, I kind of trust 2 things about this draft: despite the need at LB and Oline, Pace will probably use his top 2 picks on TEs or QBs; he’ll address the positions of need later in the draft. And then, we’ll either strike gold like with Howard and Jackson as late-round surprises, or it’ll be like when pace drafted 3 DBs on day three and all of them have turned out to be garbage.

    • Big Mike

      I would, if the Bears brain trust likes him in our scheme.

      • CanadaBear

        That’s where I’m at. Pace’s drafts have been about a C+. If MT and Shaheen pan out, add at least a grade higher (in no scenario do I see White ever being anything more than JAG). He and Nagy seem very simpatico, so that should bode well for the draft.

    • ButtonShoes

      If he’s at 7, hell yes you trade up for him. This team fucking needs him.

    • Irish Sweetness

      But what does that cost us? Can we afford to give up any more picks?

      No.

  • CanadaBear

    I really don’t care if they draft Nelson at 8 but Andrew’s arguments aside (and some of them are shaky at best), if Nelson is there at 8 and HH is screaming to take him, take him!

  • Big Mike

    I agree with everything AD wrote and I hate him and myself for it. I really love the idea of Nelson, Whitehair, Long on the inside. Now if the choice is Nelson and Edmunds and they take Edmunds, I’ll be bummed. I saw Edmunds play 4 or 5 times at VA Tech. He played besides Ken Ekanem #4 who I coached. Ken was in camp with the Broncos last year and didn’t make it. Edmunds is a fine player. He has Urlacher like measurables, but lacks instinct. If the CB from Ohio State is there Ward.. well that’s another story.

    I’m going to sound like Irish here, but if they can’t nab Nelson, I’m praying for the trade back. There’s an LT from ND McGlinchey. He’s not a top 10 guy. Maybe a mid first round. (problems with speed rush, fast, but not really fast feet).

    • BenderMcLugh

      one mock I just read had McGlinchey going before Q. Is he better?

      • Big Mike

        Too much emphasis on positional value. He is not a better T than Nelson is a G. Some people think that Nelson could have played Tackle just as well, but that McGlinchey didn’t translate as well in the interior. I tell you who would know. HH. The knock on McG is foot speed. Whether that can be improved or not is one of those details that only an O-line coach who spent the last three years doing drills, watching tape from practice to spring ball to the season could tell you. I wouldn’t project him being better than Leno right out of the gate. Charles gets a bad rap.

        • CanadaBear

          I remember seeing Nelson explain why he was at G. Every other position on the line was already manned by a good player when he arrived at school so he took the available spot.

          • Big Mike

            So this is a characteristic you look for in an offensive lineman. Cody Whitehair played Tackle in college, because he was their best player. You love to see that attitude and versatility.

          • CanadaBear

            If 4 QB’s go off the board (+ Barkley) before the Bears pick, the Beloved are almost assured of a really good player at a position of need.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            If Pace was any good he would convince the Browns to swap their first pick with ours for a seventh round pick in 2033.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m actually hoping they get the right QB and Barkley. I’d love to see them rise above being a national punch line. Not that I’m a Factory of Sadness fan but you hate to see a team be that bad for so long (unless they are in your division).

          • John F

            Pace will likely trade all of our 2018 draft picks to move up from 8th to 4th and draft some 5’3″ WR from a DIII school ………….

          • Big Mike

            That 4th QB is the question mark. Most Mocks have 3 going early. There is a lot of momentum behind Barkly, Chubb and Nelson being the 3 best non-QBs and after that it’s trash. I blame this on http://www.NFL.Com/Draft This site gave Kevin White a 6.9. (pro bowl caliber player) and Landon Collins a 6.3. Cody Whitehair was a 6.1 . Nelson is a 7.3 BTW.

            It never works out how these sites think they will. It’s fun to play with. But you just don’t know.

        • We already have a big OT w slow feet in Massie.

          • Big Mike

            He doesn’t have SLOW feet. He just doesn’t have fast feet.

            Get Outlook for iOS

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not quick as a hiccup then?

            Sandra Bullock knows football.

          • Big Mike

            He’s quick enough, it just isn’t his top trait. If it were he’d be in the top 10 mocks along with Nelson. He has the upside. When ND played NC State, McGlinchey played well against Chubb

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m going off Edmunds because of the instinct thing. That’s really all you need in a LB.

      So if Nelson’s not there, who’s your next OL to to draft, Mike? (Maybe not in round 1)

      • Big Mike

        You need more than instinct, obviously you need to be a great athlete, have a solid football IQ, etc, etc. Edmunds has those. He has been criticized for “looking lost”, using athleticism to beat his opponents and so on. I think the “instinct” rap is valid, but is relative to his strengths. It’s a tough call. My Next OL would be Nelson’s teammate McGinchey. He was their LT. HH would know if he could be a RT. My suspicion is he could play anywhere on the line. Alternatively there is a Guard named Will Hernandez who should be available in the 2nd round. (also a late round pick at G is Tony Adams from NC State).

        If not Nelson @8I think Edmunds, Roquan Smith, one of the DBs (Fitzpatrick, Ward, Derwin James) are all solid picks. About Derwin James, read this earlier… “The 6-foot-2, 215-pound James is a bigger and more physical defender than Fitzpatrick. James is a hard hitter and is more of a freakier athlete. Fitzpatrick (6-0, 204) ran well at the combine with a 40 time of 4.46 seconds, but James ran almost as fast, just one-hundredth of a second slower despite being obviously much bigger than Fitzpatrick”

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    We have been told many times in the past decade that we have the “Best” Oline coach in the business, and we still end up with Webb at OT for several years. No offence to HH, and I know he coached with us before, but I will believe it when I see it.

    • CanadaBear

      I remember him being a decent coach so I’m not too worried about it. Totally agree about the “Best” stuff. We all remember the same hooey with Tice (even though we are all trying to forget it).

      • willbest

        Tice? wasn’t he the HC of Minny for a spell? I heard he was pretty good at training up o-lines, but he retired. A shame too, we could have used a good o-line coach during the waning years of the Lovie era. Alas, Martz didn’t believe in having an o-line

        • CanadaBear

          His Chicago bio from wiki;

          Chicago Bears

          On January 15, 2010, Tice was hired as Offensive Line coach for the Chicago Bears.
          On October 3, 2010 his offensive line allowed 9 sacks in one half to
          the New York Giants. On September 17, 2010, against the Cowboys, his
          line only gave up one sack and held DeMarcus Ware,
          one of the leading sackers since he came into the NFL, sackless.
          Despite this, the Bears allowed 105 sacks in his two years as offensive
          line coach.

          On January 6, 2012, the Bears promoted Tice to offensive coordinator, filling the void left by the resignation of Mike Martz.

          On January 16, 2013, the Bears hired Marc Trestman to be the Bears new head coach after Lovie Smith was fired. It was also announced that the Bears had hired Aaron Kromer to replace Tice as Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. Tice was dismissed by the Bears on January 17, 2013.

          Tice was certainly over rated and Martz loved the 7-step drop. Throw in J-Webb Nation and you get 105 sacks in two years!!!!!!!!!!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            sshhhh!!! I think he blocked out those years. He is going to end up in the fetal position in his office.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m still shocked they left Cutler in there during that G-Men jail break. It was obvious to a lot of us that he sustained a concussion in the first quarter. You’d think heading towards the wrong sideline might have been a tip off.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That was the most disturbing game for a QB I’ve ever seen.

            Other than Jimmy Mac’s Charles Martin experience…

          • John F

            I thought it was always Cutler’s fault ………….

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  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

    Cam Meredith is not a professional WR, he is an amazing athlete. Let him walk and bring in a guy that knows how to run after the catch and get tackled without disintegrating.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      He is no BRAVERMAN!

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          • CanadaBear

            Don’t encourage him!

    • Irish Sweetness

      “Cam Meredith is not a professional WR,”

      ???????

  • WiltedSpinach

    I’ve been on the no-Nelson bandwagon anyways; I don’t doubt he’ll be good, but … if he’s already had NFL coaching in Hiestand, how much more room does he have to develop? I feel the same about Chubb, both these guys are dominating competition just from being that much more of a finished product (compare Chubb to his teammate Kentavius Street. The video often shows both in the backfield, with Chubb just getting there first because he knows how to shed a block); when they step into the NFL they won’t have that advantage. Very high floor for both of them, but at 8 aren’t we looking for a pick with higher ceiling?

    I see that ceiling in (ignoring the QBs) Edmunds (Urlacher comps obviously), Vea (ends the run, can rush the passer as a 3-4 DL), Jackson (one-year CB with results; an Eddie Jackson of a CB?), and Barkley (though I don’t think he falls … and I’d hesitate on getting even an elite running back given the late-round successes we’ve had in finding Howard and Cohen, and even Forte if we think the Bears have maintained some sort of organisational expertise in finding these guys).

    For OL, I’m *really* hoping Billy Price is still available when our 2nd rounder comes up … and I think a trade UP back into the 1st would be called for if the Bears think he’s going to go late in that round. I feel like his tape showed just as much as Nelson’s if not more in terms of results: he was regularly pulled all over the field, regularly held elites like Maurice Hurst to a standstill solo, constantly made it to the second level, and FINISHED his blocks. Whitehair/Price/Long would easily be just as formidable as Nelson/Whitehair/Long without the opportunity cost of losing access to passrush talent like Vea (Edmunds?) or takeaway talent like Jackson (again, Edmunds?). And if Price isn’t there, Ragnow’s no slouch either (though he doesn’t have the grind-to-dust temperament of Price or Nelson).

  • John F

    The more important issue is that we probably need to draft TWO guards in this draft, or at least a guard and a center so Whitehair can play guard.

    Long is never going to play a full season again and will likely be gone in two years. Players with the list of injuries that he’s had don’t all of a sudden become iron men that never miss a down.

    • 505Bears

      We need our holes filled hahaha!!!

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d prefer Nelson out at RT – we don’t have one of those.

      Leno-Sitton-WH-Long-Nelson .. .that’s my line.

      Pace cut Sitton, not me. That’s my line.

  • Baxter’sWheelOfCheese

    “It seems like we have a player who is considered a generational prospect every year, but those guys almost never pan out…Jameis Winston isn’t a generational quarterback like he was thought to be. Jadeveon Clowney is terrific, but hardly generational. What about Reggie Bush? Ndamukong Suh? Even Andrew Luck has been brilliant when he’s on the field. But generational? No.”

    I don’t really have any issue with points two and three, but, man, is this some lazy analysis. You’ve put an artificial label on 5 seemingly random guys who were drafted with a good deal of hype within an 11 year span, all of whom were drafted much higher than eighth (1st or 2nd overall), and then announced that they didn’t live up to the undefined barometer of “generational” presumably because (I really don’t know) they aren’t surefire hall of famers?

    Of the 5 guys you’ve inexplicably used as comps for Nelson, one is a relative bust (who had an all-pro year and was a useful player), one is a still-promising QB with 1 pro bowl in 3 seasons, and the other three have been to multiple pro bowls and have been named to multiple all-pro teams. Aside from the fact that there is no apparent basis for using this sample of five players as a comp for Nelson, the Bears would obviously thrilled if the guy they drafted at 8 had a career as a frequent pro bowl/all-pro level player. Nobody drafts somebody at eighth with the expectation that they will be a hall of famer or bust.

    • beninnorcal

      Ohhhhh, you got him, Baxter’s whatever! Maybe you should be writing articles on here with your superior analytical abilities.
      Chill out, Sally.

      • SC Dave

        I dunno, Ben. There’s not much he wrote that is unreasonable. Did the WheelOfCheese part of it set you off?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Fair points I thought. You can’t say he won’t be good because other touted ‘generational’ players haven’t lived up to expectations. The guys who are generally touted, work out, for me. Gurley, Fournette, Myles Garret is young. The only guy touted in recent years that never shook my tree was Soloman Thomas.

        It is really hard to knock Nelson on his tape. He’s a brute. End of. Will he need to work on pulling and stuff? Sure, everyone in the NFL needs to work on stuff, but this guy looks like a badass.

  • BuddhaJoe

    I just don’t see drafting a guard at 8. You can get a good one in FA or later rounds, plus the Bears need pass rush way more than an interior lineman. And who knows, maybe Kush can hold it down?

    • Our pass rush is dubious at best.
      Floyd hasnt notched 10+ sacks yet. Concussion and inj concerns.
      Only other OLB is Acho.

      Bullard and RRH havent proven shit.

      And Fangio doesnt blitz.

      Recipe for Rodgers, Lesbo and now Cousins dicing up our D

      • CanadaBear

        They signed that OLB from SF who had some sacks under Fangio. Not a real sexy signing but might pay dividends.

        • I like Lynch’s upside, but he’s just as likely to get fat or busted again for PEDs at this stage of his career.

        • Irish Sweetness

          The guy who had Navorro Bowman and Ray McDonald and Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis around him? Hmmm.

          • CanadaBear

            So you should never sign a second tier guy from a good D?

      • BenderMcLugh

        “Bullard and RRH havent proven shit.” a bit harsh man, come on

    • Irish Sweetness

      I can’t see us getting an animal like him in FA … and if one was even avaialble then you’re paying huge money for a guard. This guy will be cheaper and younger.

      Were we even in the Norwell chase?

  • Completly agree Andy

    “There are 23 guards who have contracts that pay an average of $6 million per season. Only five were taken in the first round and only two of those five still play for the team that drafted them.”

    If HH is the best Oline coach on the planet, then it follows he can spot talent in those later RDs.

    Norwell level pass rushers rarely hit FA.

    • SC Dave

      I will repeat about the HH thing… how long do you want to wait for him to coach guys up? Until the second contracts of all our good young players?

      Part of Nelson, secondary to pure badassery, is that he could plug right in, start day one, and perhaps play in his first pro-bowl rookie season on his way to maybe half a dozen All-Pro (not mere Pro Bowl) nods.

      Who fucking cares what others guards get paid?

      Also, are you saying that because some other 1st rounders are playing elsewhere that the exalted HH would fail to make a true stud talent, who he already knows, a good bet at the next level?

      Let him use Grasu and Morgan as the projects.

      • The point to other OGs getting payed means it’s not all that rare for PB guards to be found outside the 1st. In fact, a majority of them were drafted outside the 1st like Norwell.

        • SC Dave

          Is it chicken or egg? If you don’t draft guards in the first, how many AP guards would be drafted outside the first?

  • Irish Sweetness

    I have to disagree with #3 Andrew. Your premise about touted generational players may be correct, but the tape does not lie. The eyeball test on Nelson is all you need. He destroys people. When all the other OL heads are fighting their men, more often than not he’s just driving guys back in to the secondary.

    Yes, HH can probably get a tune out of a petrol can … but there’s no harm in having one guy on the line that Jordan Howard could follow through any goal-line situation. The ability to create havoc at at least one spot on the line is crucial.

    We have to draft somebosdy at 8. For me the only question is whether that will be Quenton or Tremaine.

    • ButtonShoes

      Minkah Fitzpatrick. Learn to love him. He’s a beast.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ah yes, I have seen him, okay there’s a guy.

        No harm in having a guy like Amos on the bench come injuries.

        • ButtonShoes

          Plus he can play CB.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It might be him then. Pace might be scared of the guard at #8, worried about the CPU on Edmunds … and Minkah tricks all his boxes.

  • That Guy

    Can we draft Braverman again?

  • Bear Instincts

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/21/report-bradley-chubb-having-predraft-visit-with-bears/
    We are having a predraft visit with Chubb….is this a smokescreen or is there real interest? Would Pace trade up for him?

    • Irish Sweetness

      On a cold day in hell he would.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I have repented on suggesting we need a 3-down back instead of JH. I was wrong.

    Imagine a 3-WR, 1 TE, 1 RB set.

    Trubs has Allen, Cam and Kendall (slot) …. Shaheen in tight or split out … with Jordan in the backfield.
    JH is there to block in a passing situation, but he keeps the defense honest just because he’s in.

    You can still have a surprising amount of run plays off that 11 set too – the most common in football.

    But I reckon we should STILL draft a 3rd down back in the 4th round anyway. Why? Because we don’t really have a guy to replace JH if injured or tired.

    Does anyone think of Benny Cunningham ….”There’s a guy we need to get to the superbowl. Without him, it doesn’t really work.” ?

    Or can we ditch him for one of these (from Walterfootball):

    Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 224

    Penny is a thickly built downhill runner. He has a surprising burst to hit the hole and accelerate to the second level. Penny is fast for a big back and can run away from the defense after getting to the open field. His second gear is very impressive and makes him dangerous to rip off long runs on any carry. Penny combines quick, feet, good balance, and decisive running to be a dangerous runner for a zone-blocking system. That kind of system would be his best fit in the NFL.

    As a receiver, Penny is a great fit for the current offensive systems in the NFL. He runs good routes, has soft hands, and is able to find soft spots in the defense for his quarterback.

    The knock is his learning.

    Jaylen Samuels, RB, N.C. State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 223. Arm: 31.38. Hand: 8.88.
    40 Time: 4.54.

    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.
    3/10/18: At the Senior Bowl, Samuels had an impressive week of practices and showed off his excellent receiving skills. Samuels totaled 76 receptions for 597 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. On the ground, he averaged 5.2 yards per carry for 403 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    Samuels is a unique prospect for the next level. The senior was listed as a tight end, played some H-back, took carries out of the backfield, and also was split out wide. In speaking with scouts, they like Samuels, and some think that his best fit in the NFL would come as a third-down running back. They think he has really good hands, is a nice receiver, and could also run the rock in those situations. They think that Samuels could be tried as a fullback as well, but being a running back is his best fit. Samuels is a superb route-runner with subtle quickness and athleticism that makes him a mismatch weapon. Samuels could be a steal as a passing weapon on Day 2.

    Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 228. Arm: 29.13. Hand: 8.75.
    40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    3/10/18: Ballage had an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl. All week, he was a powerful North-South runner with a physically imposing downhill style. Where Ballage really impressed was with his serious burst to get downfield in a hurry. He showed surprising speed for a big back. Ballage also did well as a check-down receiver. He really helped himself in Mobile and could be a second-day pick.

    There is a lot to like about Ballage for the NFL. To go along with size, Ballage is surprisingly fast. He has a real burst with first-step quickness to hit the hole before it closes. Even though Ballage is a big back, he is more elusive in the open field than a power runner who runs through tackles. As a receiving back for the NFL, Ballage is very impressive. He has soft hands to make receptions and runs good routes. Ballage is hurt by having inconsistent production from college despite a skill set capable of putting up some massive seasons. Because of his height, Ballage can be an upright runner, and that leads to defenders landing some hard hits on him. A few team sources said that Ballage has questionable makeup and some think he plays a bit soft.

    • Malice Halice

      That Mike Boone kid looks pretty good.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Then I checked his stats. One TD in 4 years?

        In 2015 he average 7.2 YPC, but the next year averaged 3.7. All about 105 carries a season. What gives?

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      Kendall Wright is not on the Bears anymore.

      • Irish Sweetness

        ???? WTF?

  • Malice Halice

    I’ll make this simple fellas. Sign Sue, that hunk of meat sizing up against our G/T’s is OUTSTANDING sparring. Defense for #8 nothing else

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  • catfish44

    peter king of sports illustrated interviews matt nagy as part of this podcast. a
    good insight in nagy and trubisky and nagy’s learning from reid when he was with the chiefs.
    ———–https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/03/21/themmqb-podcast-peter-king-bears-head-coach-matt-nagy-jordan-palmer-quarterback-coach-sam-darnold

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