Since Thursday, GM Ryan Pace & Head Coach John Fox have been adding to the Chicago Bears roster via the NFL Draft. While I think Pace reached big time for his first overall pick, after the second round he picked up a lot of good football players and addressed a lot of needs. The Bears draft went like this:
- LB- Leonard Floyd- Georgia
- OL -Cody Whitehair – Kanstas State
- DL-Jonathan Bullard – Florida
- LB- Nick Kwiatkoski- West Virginia
- S- Deion Bush – Miami
- CB-Deiondre Hall – Northern Iowa
- RB- Jordan Howard – Indiana
- S- DeAndre Houston-Carson – William & Mary
- WR- Daniel Braverman – Western Michigan
The key to draft is Floyd. The drafting of him is having Pace trying to trade Lamar Houston and/or Willie Young right now as the Bears envision him to be on the field all the time opposite Pernell McPhee. I personally hate the pick. I think this is a reach much as Barkevious Mingo was for the Browns a few years earlier. Floyd was all hype and no production at Georgia. He is nearly 6’6′ and 244lbs so he must have Vic Fangio thinking he can be another Aldon Smith. Draft analyst Mike Mayock of the NFL Network claims he “bends like gumby and has the best get off of any prospect in the draft.” While that maybe true if he isn’t strong enough to take on NFL offensive lineman none of this will matter as he played most of last year in the 225-230 pound range.
Whitehair could start right away, further pushing G/C Matt Slauson onto the trading block. Bullard also has a chance to start as a 3-4 defensive end. Kwiatkoski, Bush, and Houston-Carson were drafted basically right away to help on what was awful Bears special teams last year. The Bears also hope 1 of the 3 of Bush, Houston-Carson and Hall will perform well enough to push S Antrel Rolle off the roster, who did absolutely nothing last year but get hurt.
At the end of the draft the Bears were not done as they signed a handful of undrafted free agents. Here’s a list on undrafted free agents signed by the Bears as of Saturday night, acording to NFLTradeRumors.com.
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And Mississippi State defensive back Taveze Calhoun has confirmed he has signed with undrafted free agent deal with the Bears according to Mississippi State reporter Michael Bonner.
GM Ryan Pace went through the whole draft day and draft process without adding a Quarterback and now we know why. Minutes after the draft concluded, the Bears added former Texans QB Brian Hoyer. Hoyer did start a playoff game last year Texans but performed so poorly in it he forced the Texans to sign Brock Osweiler and cut Hoyer. Hoyer had 4 interceptions and a fumble in the playoff loss to the Chiefs. Up until that point, he had his best year as a pro, throwing for 19 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in the regular season for 2,606 passing yards. Reports are the Bears signed Hoyer to a 1 year, 2 million dollar deal where he will backup Jay Cutler this year.
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