Grading the Chicago Bears' 2013 NFL Draft
While it is admittedly way too early to know how the Bears’ 2013 Draft will turn out, I will give my early impressions, grading the players chosen based on what we know now.
One thing that jumps out at me is that Phil Emery really must like surprising people. Last year, his first-round selection of Shea McClellin raised more than a few eyebrows, and his first-round pick of Kyle Long has done nothing to quiet Emery’s growing reputation as a risk taker.
<strong>1st Round: Kyle Long, OG, Oregon</strong> <br> </br> The first thing that jumps out at scouts is Long’s athleticism. Athleticism is fine, but I’d rather take the best football player on the board, and Long was not the best pure football player available at No. 20. Having said that, he has huge upside and great bloodlines. <br> </br> In terms of value, Long was considered a second- or third-round pick. My problem with this selection isn't that I don't think Long will be successful in the NFL, it's just that I wouldn't have used such an early pick on him. There isn't much tape on him due to his limited time at Oregon, though by the end of the season he was playing well. <br> </br> There are off-field concerns with Long, but as long as he is past his drug and alcohol issues, that won't be a concern going forward. Everyone deserves a second chance, but it does add to the risk factor. There are whispers that Emery might be projecting Long as a tackle eventually, though I believe he will see time at the guard position this season. Gabe Carimi's days could be numbered. <br> </br> Alec Ogletree and Tyler Eifert were among the players still on the board when the Bears selected Long. Although there are certainly concerns with Ogletree too, they could have gone with more of a sure thing like Eifert—not that any pick is truly ever a sure thing—but Emery likes the boom-or-bust candidate apparently. <br> </br> <strong>Grade: B-</strong>