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Breaking down the Chicago Bears’ 2013 draft

The Chicago Bears started their 2013 draft by selecting Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long.

The Chicago Bears started their 2013 draft by selecting Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long.

The 2013 NFL draft is in the books, so now it’s time for everyone’s favorite pastime: instant analysis and overreaction! Let’s hurry to assign grades to picks before they even see practice time in the NFL!

I’m going to try and avoid that for the Bears here at WCSN (although I did assign grades for some of their individual picks) and offer you instead a general overview of their draft class, followed by a few quick thoughts about what we can learn of general manager Phil Emery’s drafting style after his second draft as the man in charge.

Meet the rookies

The Chicago Bears made six selections in the draft. Here is a little bit of information about each of them, and you can click on their name to be taken to a more detailed profile.

Linebacker Jonathan Bostic could be the Chicago Bears' long-term replacement for Brian Urlacher.

Linebacker Jonathan Bostic could be the Chicago Bears’ long-term replacement for Brian Urlacher.

Chicago’s first-round pick (20th overall) was spent on offensive lineman Kyle Long out of Oregon. Long has very little football experience, having played only one year at the Division I level after transferring from a junior college. He is a raw prospect with the size, strength, and athleticism to be a very good guard or tackle if he can develop his technique.

Florida linebacker Jonathan Bostic was the second-round pick (50th overall). Bostic spent four years at Florida and was a starter at middle linebacker for two of them. Emery praised Bostic’s athleticism and football intelligence, noting that Bostic has been responsible for calling Florida’s defensive plays the last two years.

Chicago’s next pick was in the fourth round (117th overall), where they grabbed Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene. Greene began his collegiate career as a safety but switched to linebacker his last two years, flashing impressive all-around skills his senior season with 136 tackles (12 for loss), six sacks, five pass breakups, 10 quarterback hurries, six fumbles forced, and two interceptions.

Emery looked to address the offensive line again in the fifth round, grabbing Jordan Mills from Louisiana Tech with the 163rd overall pick. Mills was at least a part-time starter all four years in college, switching between guard and right tackle depending on where the team needed him. He could conceivably play either tackle or guard for Chicago as well.

Marquess Wilson is an intriguing addition to Chicago's wide receiving corp.

Marquess Wilson out of Washington State is an intriguing addition to Chicago’s wide receiving corps.

In the sixth round (188th overall), Emery selected Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington, a player with very similar measurables to 2012 first-round pick Shea McClellin: Both players are a little small (around 265 pounds) to be full-time 4-3 defensive ends. but possess outstanding quickness that should help them be decent pass rushers (Washington ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash). Washington never established himself as a full-time starter in college, but he has a chance to develop into a situational pass rusher for the Bears similar to what Mark Anderson used to be.

Chicago’s final pick was spent in the seventh round (236th overall) on wide receiver Marquess Wilson. After posting an outstanding 2011 season (83 catches, 1388 yards), Wilson had a falling out with Washington State coach Mike Leach in 2012 and was kicked off the team after nine games. He has the physical ability to be a solid NFL receiver, but needs to improve his attitude and strength.

Analysis

Now that we know a little about each player, let’s see what we can learn about general manager Phil Emery’s drafting style by looking at his first two years in charge of the Chicago Bears’ draft. In looking at who the Bears picked in 2012 and 2013, two clear trends emerge.

Khaseem Greene one was one two linebackers selected by the Chicago Bears to help replace the two starters they lost in the offseason.

Khaseem Greene one was one two linebackers selected by the Chicago Bears to help replace the two starters they lost in the offseason.

Fill holes . . .

Emery looks to draft players who fill immediate holes. The defensive line struggled to field a pass rusher opposite All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers in 2011, so Emery spent his first pick last year on a pass rushing defensive end. His next three picks also addressed immediate needs for the team: wide receiver, tight end, and safety.

This draft was more of the same. The two biggest holes on Chicago’s roster for this season were offensive line and linebacker, and Emery spent his first four picks on players for those positions. His last two picks also addressed positions (wide receiver and defensive end) where the Bears had an obvious need to improve their depth.

. . . with athletes

Additionally, Emery looks to fill those holes with athletic players. All ten of his draft choices (excluding the two cornerbacks he drafted with late-round choices in 2012 who failed to make the roster) are known for being good athletes. Of course, many of these players also had some concern, some combination of off-field problems and/or inexperience, that caused them to be available when they were, but this clearly does not trouble Emery.

Emery’s draft approach is clear: draft the players with the most potential and bet on your coaches to coax that potential out of them.

Phil Emery places an emphasis throughout the draft on acquiring outstanding athletes like Cornelius Washington.

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery places an emphasis throughout the draft on acquiring outstanding athletes like Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington.

The downside of this approach is that it limits instant impact. None of the 2012 rookies played significant roles last year, although some of that was due to injuries. Few of the selections this year look poised to be significant contributors right away either. Emery has said that he sees Long as an instant starter at guard, but the tape I have seen of him suggests that he is too raw to be able to handle that right away. Similarly, one of the linebackers may beat out a veteran to start this year, but it is also very possible they will both be primarily special teams players before assuming starting roles in 2014.

In it for the long haul

Due to this long-term approach to the draft, many of Emery’s early picks will be panned as reaches, as Long, McClellin, and Bostic all have been, while the later picks will routinely be viewed as good values — as indeed the “experts” are saying about Greene, Mills, Washington, and Wilson. The reality is that Emery is making the same type of pick — grabbing a player with the most upside possible at a position of need — no matter where he is in the draft. Those players tend to be labeled reaches when selected with early picks and steals when taken late.

Because most of the picks will take a while to develop, it is difficult to say yet how successful Emery has been in his first two drafts with the Chicago Bears. But one thing is clear: Emery has made it a priority to make this team younger, deeper, and more athletic across the board. Time will tell how successful his approach ends up being.

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niemerg1
niemerg1

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Everyone is saying the right things, but I do think Collins coming out as a gay dude will become an issue the first time he is supposed to hit the showers.

Joedirte
Joedirte

Damn Roy Halliday and the Phils allowed 7 HRs to the Indians for a 14-2 score: Chad Durban allowed 3 HRs of that total with Halliday also allowing 3 Homers

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Fucking Cubs. They put up 7 runs but allow 13. 

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Kyle Long does look like a serial killer waiting to snap.... 

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This is my first lazy ass night in a while, and the first time I have really missed sports tv in months.

aciddragon
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mother fucker, 78 degrees today 6 inches of snow tomorrow, the reasons i hate Northern Wisconsin 

Prit
Prit

Braves wax the gnats, Phils get a Cleveland beatdown, and Marlins beat the Mets. Good night of baseball.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

fuck Brewers turning to Axford with a 1 run lead 

LKP
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Boombaya. Lions Day 3 draft all wrote up. Did I give the Lions a T-. Let's find out

Joedirte
Joedirte

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Joedirte
Joedirte

Malliciah Goodman was on the local ESPN affiliate today he sounds like a good dude maybe he or Jonathan Massaquoi  or Cliff Mathews or Stansly Maponga can become a good pass rusher but can also play the run because Osi is not a run stuffer.

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How about Tim Hudson getting his 200th win vs the gNats and hitting a Homerun in the process!

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natesweet moderator

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Joedirte
Joedirte

Blackmon looked to really have it turned around and I was ready to think he was going to get over 1000 yards next year......Too bad for my Jaguars friends but hey they look most likely to get Clowney now.

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Not really understanding robertjs logic on the grades of a couple of the Saints picks. But then I remember who I am dealing with.