With the 2013 Draft finally over, it’s now time to go over each one of the Bears draft choices. Before we dive into each pick, I want to remind each an every one of you that it’s way too early to label anyone a bust and that even goes for the 2012 draft class. Let’s give these players at least three years to develop and become consistent players in the NFL before labeling them as bust. (That being said, let’s go over the six new players that will be playing for the Chicago Bears.)
At first, I was highly disappointed with this draft choice. The Bears were passing on Sharrif Floyd, Alec Ogletree, and Tyler Eifert to draft this guard/tackle. After a few hours of researching and thinking about it, the Bears drafted a player that is versatile enough to start at guard and could move to tackle. Long reminds me of NFL players like Brandon Albert, Nate Solder, and Jason Peters. Long wasn’t the sexy pick or who most Bears’ fans wanted but he’s the one we needed.
This was another draft pick that I was shocked about but once again I warmed up to it. I don’t know about you but I love linebackers that can hit and lay down the hammer. Bostic has great speed and plays nasty, something I think a lot of Bears fans will like about him. Bostic will get a chance to crack the starting lineup and if DJ Williams can’t stay healthy or out of trouble, I wouldn’t be surprised if the rookie starts at MLB.
I didn’t see the Bears adding two, let alone, three linebackers in this draft. However, adding youth to a position that has been neglected in past years was a breath of fresh air. Greene is a very smart linebacker but needs to be more physical. In fact, his scouting report reminds me of Lance Briggs, but most scouts compare him to a former Bear, Geno Hayes. I don’t expect Greene to start or crack the starting linebacker lineup but I do see him contributing to special teams.
With Scott, Webb, and Carimi all fighting for that right tackle spot, I was shocked Emery wanted to add another tackle to the competition but it makes sense. No one really knows what the Bears have in Scott, Carimi, or even Webb. Thus, adding another tackle to compete and possibly challenge vets for the job, well, it’s just genius. Mills has experience at guard and tackle, giving the Bears flexibility and depth in case one of the guards or tackles were injured.
Washington is going to be a defensive project for the Bears but I love this pick. The tape shows a player that can be explosive and dominant but needs to put it all together. Hopefully, the coaches and veterans on the defensive line can help the rookie put it all together. Washington reminds me of Mark Anderson and Raheem Brock. The time and work the Bears put into former running back/defensive end/defensive tackle, Henry Melton, has paid off tremendously. With time and work, the Bears could have another project that pays off.
Remember when the Bears had nothing but slot receivers? That’s changed. The Bears added another player that fits the mold of a Jeffery/Marshall type player. With his long strides and body build, at 6’3″ and 195, Wilson could prove to be nice backup in case Marshall or Jeffery can’t stay healthy.
A lot of fans were upset with this draft and many were ready to kick Phil Emery out of Halas Hall after only two years. In my opinion, you can criticize his choices but you can’t label his draft choices as busts yet. No one knows how well Jeffery, Shea, or Long will turn out. Give Emery credit or at least this much: he’s drafting who he thinks is the best player for the Bears. Not who the media, the fans, or analyst wanted but who the general manager wanted. That’s been missing in Chicago for quite some time–a general manager that’s not afraid to follow his gut.