🚨 SPOILER ALERT 🚨
We already made our 2019 first round pick. Hope you like him. pic.twitter.com/tXjlcgDC79
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 25, 2019
It was just about the most boring evening of television I’ve ever endured. And yes, I endured it on the off-chance Ryan Pace made some ridiculous move back into the first round. Here are some thoughts on what transpired, starting in-division.
The Bosa family – father and two sons – are the only such trio to all be drafted in the first round since the Mannings. The Mannings win the tiebreakers for not being open racists on social media.
If my dad wasn’t such a scrub we would all be first rounders smh 🤦♂️
— 75 (@Ky1eLong) April 26, 2019
Watch college football. See guys I like. Put them in my notes app on the phone. Tell you about them 6-8 months later. There’s a reason we don’t charge you to read this site, folks!
Hill is an undersized but excitable runner with a go-go tempo that can work for and against him on any given series. He runs tough along the interior and has the vision and agility to slip tackles, but his lack of size and explosive top-end play speed could work against him. Hill might not have the skills needed to handle third-down duties, so he could be pigeon-holed as a try-hard backup with average upside.
- Consistent play and production in all three seasons
- Feet have good life and runs with a wide base
- Willing to keep runs play-side in search of daylight
- Limber hips to balance and recover against contact
- Fast decision-maker on the move
- Able to slam on brakes for sudden cuts from a full sprint
- Shifty in the open field
- Tight, rapid spin move to rid himself of a tackle
- Runs like his hair is on fire and fights hard against the tackle
- Has access to sharp, lateral cuts to bounce the run wide
- Outstanding ball security with just five career fumbles
I watch college football. Sometimes I see a guy who makes me go, “Oh he’s interesting.” I make a note in my phone. I share those fellas with you. Make sense?
Active inside linebacker with plenty of passion and aggression but a fundamental lack of NFL-caliber movement skills in space. Johnson is capable of handling downhill duties between the tackles but could struggle to match up with today’s space-oriented offensive attacks.
- Active, high-energy player and vocal leader
- Aggressive demeanor is always on display
- Key reader with quick response to guard movement
- Patient to sift through moving bodies and find running back on the other side of it
- Squares pads downhill to squeeze his run fits
- Downhill mindset and takes shots in gaps to try and make a play
- Solid tackle-for-loss total in high-flying conference
- Core special teams member despite being full-time starter
- Marginal athlete with segmented, heavy movements in space
- Short-strider lacking desired sideline-to-sideline range
- Struggles to access desired lateral burst in his flow to the ball
- Allows climbing guards to get into him first
- Inconsistent playing off of blocks
- Comes in hot and lacking body control as an open-field tackler
- Could struggle to cover if matched up in space
If there’s one thing Ryan Pace has done consistently during his time with the Bears it’s draft with the big picture in mind, often surprising fans with his selections.
It’s also been clear that Pace doesn’t always see the team’s needs the same way as fans and media members do.
• In 2015, Pace used the seventh pick on Kevin White after signing Eddie Royal to a big contract and already having Alshon Jeffery onboard. Later in that draft he took Jeremy Langford with Matt Forte coming off of a career year.
• In 2016, Pace traded up for Leonard Floyd despite having Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young. Later he took Cody Whitehair, a move that led to the release of fan-favorite Matt Slauson. He then drafted Nick Kwiatkoski despite having just signed Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman.
• In 2017, Pace took Mitch Trubisky shortly after signing Mike Glennon, grabbed Adam Shahen after signing Dion Sims and took Tarik Cohen after Jordan Howard’s breakout rookie season.
• In 2018, Pace drafted Roquan Smith despite still having Trevathan and Kwiatkowski, then grabbed yet another inside linebacker, Joel Iyiegbuniwe. He later traded up to take Anthony Miller after signing Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel then took Javon Wims in the seventh round.
The draft is this week so it’s time to think seriously about what positions the Bears need to address with their limited picks. Let’s start by taking a look at their current roster so we can see what positions they might need more help at. My best guess at an approximate depth chart if they played a game this week is shown below.
A few thoughts:
Commenting on difficulty level of a particular season’s schedule is silly. If the Bears are the team many expect – a team contending for the title – nobody on their schedule should frighten them, in any building. The Bears are good. Good teams beat other good teams.
But here are my thoughts on how the schedule shook out.
(The schedule is in the post directly above this one. See it? It’s right there!)