Updated Chicago Bears Day 2 NFL Draft Notes

Day 1 is complete but the job for the Chicago Bears is just beginning as the NFL draft moves into Day 2.  Here are some key notes.

Timmy Jernigan and Ra’Shede Hageman both still in play

It seems Phil Emery made the right call on waiting at defensive tackle.  Thanks to a huge run at defensive back early, as many as four first round graded interior men fell into the 2nd round including Timmy Jernigan, whom many saw going to Chicago at #14.  Also in that bunch is athletic specimen Ra’Shede Hageman, massive run plugger Louis Nix and intriguing size-speed man Stephon Tuitt.  With a little luck and help from a still strong crop of offensive talent, they have a great chance of landing one of them.

Kony Ealy headlines strong defensive end group

To top it off it’s not just the tackles either.  Defensive end got an additional boost when Missouri standout Kony Ealy fell out of the first round, something a lot of people didn’t expect to happen.  He’s joined by the likes of Trent Murphy, Kareem Martin and Scott Crichton to form a solid group of potential pass rushers who fit the Chicago Bears scheme and would offer quality young depth behind veteran Jared Allen.

Terrance Brooks and Lamarcus Joyner last of dwindling safeties

Phil Emery no doubt took a calculated risk when he passed up the top two safeties on the board to take a cornerback in the first round.  Safety is among the thinnest positions in this NFL draft and got thinner much faster than expected when Arizona took Deone Bucannon and the 49ers took Jimmie Ward near the end of the first.  That just leaves FloridaState teammates Terrance Brooks and Lamarcus Joyner as proven players at the position worthy of going on Day 2.  The rest like Dezmen Southward and Brock Vereen are considered upside picks with a large element of risk to them.

Carlos Hyde and Bishop Sankey not out of the question

One thing the Chicago Bears seem to do is surprise people every year and this NFL draft is no exception.  Despite lingering projected needs at safety and defensive tackle, one could say they have a lingering depth concern at running back behind Matt Forte similar to the situation with Charles Tillman that resulted in the Kyle Fuller pick.  That is why it shouldn’t surprise everybody if Emery goes after some help in the backfield early, especially since every top talent is still available including Carlos Hyde of OhioState and Bishop Sankey of Washington, both of who would make great fits in the Marc Trestman offense.

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  • Rob Valentine

    Personally I’d like to see Nix/Hagemann/Jernigan probably in that order in the second, possibly Sutton. Expect Brooks to be gone by 3rd but maybe someone like Dontae Johnson as a potential CB to S convert.

    • Erik Lambert

      I know they were looking hard at Antone Exum, Fuller’s teammate at V-tech. Plenty of ability to play corner but has extensive experience at safety. Very smart and very tough. If I were guessing it’s between Hageman and Nix at #51 if both are there and I’d give the edge to Hageman because he’s the better athlete.

      • Rob Valentine

        I’d heard about character issues for Exum but not completely sure how true that is. Love it from a physical standpoint. As for Nix Vs. Hageman, I agree Hageman is the better athlete, higher upside and everything but Nix has the personality and swagger that would really add to the D

        • Erik Lambert

          Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be upset at all if they got Nix. You put him and Ratliff in the middle and nobody is running on that defense. Then teams have to throw and you have Allen and Houston waiting on the edges. Mel Tucker loves big bodies and Nix commands attention. The Bears really are sitting pretty as far as defensive line in round 2.

  • Tom Ward

    Like are new CB, still a little disappointed about Donald. I thought DT was deeper in this draft then S or DB, so wouldn’t it be better to take S at #51 then DT. I also remember something that they really liked Quarles who would most likely be around in 3rd unless a real huge run on DT’s before are #82 pick.

    • Erik Lambert

      Normally I would agree with you Tom but you have to understand the Bears have a chance to get a first round defensive tackle in the second round. I’d much rather have that than reach for a safety with a third round grade.