Couple quick thoughts here before I cash in after a whirlwind weekend.
*** General manager Jerry Angelo was genuinely thrilled with his draft class and it was interesting to see him buzz about the first guy to the last. Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams will meet the press at Halas Hall this morning, and Angelo is happy he’s arriving. But he even talked at length about Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk, the 248th overall pick. Had a knee injury not derailed him, Monk would have been a top prospect.
*** Angelo talked also spoke at length about the reasons behind drafting LSU safety Craig Steltz at No. 120 after two trades down in the fourth round from 110 to 115 and again to 120. The Bears felt he was a starting-caliber player and Angelo said it was the first time in seven drafts here he can remember scouts and coaches being in agreement on that for a fourth-round pick. The Bears have had some good ones over the years, too, including cornerback Nathan Vasher, defensive end Alex Brown and quarterback Kyle Orton.
That’s why the club passed on USC quarterback John David Booty there. It also had something to do with the fact they probably didn’t project Booty that well.
*** The one that got away? You kept waiting for the team to pull the trigger on a guard and it just didn’t happen. St. Louis jumped ahead of the Bears in the fifth round at No. 157 and it could have been to take Oregon State guard Roy Schuening out from under them. He made 50 college starts and the Bears liked him a good deal. He sure would have made sense at No. 158 where they got Nebraska cornerback Zak Bowman. A guard came along in the seventh round with Chester "The Big Cheese" Adams.
*** Nope, they didn’t draft a quarterback. Not only did it have to do with a lousy crop of quarterbacks this season, I think they’re really locked in with Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. The team figures its won with both before and there were other big holes to fill. I didn’t say bigger. I said big. What’s another year to wait for the quarterback of the future?
*** We’ll bring some more draft analysis soon, and we’ll troll for some nuggets Monday at Halas Hall as we put a bow on the 2008 draft.