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Wide receivers a roll of the dice in Round 2 as well

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Following up on our post earlier about drafting wide receivers in the first round and the strike/bust ratio, we'll look at the history of the position in the second round.

It doesn't get better.

There was an amazing run on wideouts in the second round of the draft last year as 10 were selected. Denver's Eddie Royal and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson enjoyed breakout rookie seasons both on offense and special teams. St. Louis' Donnie Avery also had a terrific season in a broken-down offense. The jury is out on the rest of the bunch.

Since the 2000 draft, a span of nine drafts, 41 wide receivers have been selected in the second round. Three of them have gone to the Pro Bowl as a receiver with Cincinnati's Chad Ocho Cinco and Arizona's Anquan Boldin being the standouts. Some of these names you probably forgot long ago.

A look at the list:

2008

Donnie Avery
Devin Thomas
Jordy Nelson
James Hardy
Eddie Royal
Jerome Simpson
DeSean Jackson
Malcolm Kelly
Limas Sweed
Dexter Jackson

2007

Sidney Rice
Dwayne Jarrett
Steve Smith

2006

Chad Jackson
Sinorice Moss
Greg Jennings

2005

Reggie Brown
Mark Bradley, Bears
Roscoe Parrish
Terrence Murphy
Vincent Jackson

2004

Devery Henderson
Darius Watts
Keary Colbert

2003

Taylor Jacobs
Bethel Johnson
Anquan Boldin, 3 Pro Bowls
Tyrone Calico

2002

Tim Carter
Andre Davis
Reche Caldwell
Antwaan Randle El
Antonio Bryant
Deion Branch

2001

Quincy Morgan
Chad Johnson (that is what he was called when he was drafted), 5 Pro Bowls
Robert Ferguson
Chris Chambers, 1 Pro Bowl

2000

Dennis Northcutt
Todd Pinkston
Jerry Porter

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forget about WR in the first round. It is just too risky!

FACT

This year the Bears should draft the best player available at #18.

Just like anything else with the draft its a crap shoot, I think the key to getting production from any player in the draft is not only does the player have some ability, Duh!, but do they fit the scheme of the offense, this to me helps to speed up the learning curve and makes it easier for the player to produce, examples of this from recent BEAR draft successes on both side of the ball are Forte, Harrison, Graham, and to a certain extent Payne. They had some talent but also fit the style of play the BEARS use in the positions they play. Yes, receiver is key for us, but who are the receivers that fit what we need, in my opinion one with some size and speed, who can get off the line (bump & run coverage) and who can go and get the ball, we have a possession guy in Devin (hands questionable still), and Olsen who also is good in the short game (although I think he can also do well on seam patterns), so a guy like Britt who is 2nd/ 3rd round material or LaFell from LSU could help. I've seen some guys mention Harvin, but he's too small, another guy with promise is the kid from Cal-Poly who has size but the concern is competition he's faced, and his ability to get off the line...., In some ways Angelo's quote makes sense, a great receiver needs someone to get him the ball, otherwise they are just another guy ask Randy Moss about his experience in Oakland before he got out of purgatory to the Pats two years ago...Go BEARS

It doesn't matter who Angelo picks on the first day because the odds are they will not be with the team in 2 years.

It's time JA was held accountable for all these first-day draft busts. You want to know why we aren't better? They say it all starts with the draft and if you keep missing in the first few rounds, then you keep missing the playoffs. I'm getting ticked (this is a family paper) off about Angelo getting to swing and miss year after year. I think Phillips should tell him "Your first two picks (unless it's a qb) have to be starting by December or your fired." No more projects, no more injuries, no more excuses. Get guys that can play; that's your job, JA.

What is really the point here? The Draft is no guarantee of a decent WR? Isn't the free-agent market is an equal gamble? How many non-draftees have become pro bowlers? Chances to trade for legit WRs are few and far between so what is the best course of action?

To look at this problem in a reasonable context lets consider the common factor amongst most of the WRs who succeed; a stable or high-end QB. Have the Bears got a QB who can develop a solid repor with a new WR? I think they do but lots of fans would disagree.

Throw into this mix the opportunities WRs have to contribute. The Bears have a bad habit of drafting or acquiring WRs and giving them little if any chance to contribute; Bradley, Hass, Rideau, and Bennett are just a few examples of high-picks who spent large parts of their career on the bench waiting for a shot to show what they have.

I'm not saying that any of these guys should be pro-bowlers but hey there have to be chances in order for players to capitalize on them. Are the Bears giving players a shot to develop? I think you could argue that they aren't.

How much better would Orton be if he had a "reliable" WR. Hester will continue to get better, but a solid #1 would be great. I do not want to see them sign some cast off as the end all. So please trade for an established receiver or Roll the Dice and get us one in round 1 or 2.

I know we still need to upgrade the O-line and address the free safety position. The team has the ability to do all of this in the offseason. Williams hopefully will be ready to go and getting an O linemen round 1 or 2 is great. But WR is a HUGE need and must be addressed.

GO BEARS.

I'm personally hoping Kenny Britt lasts until the Bears pick in Rd2. Maclin looks like too much of a Hester-clone to go after in Rd1 - we need a bigger red-zone target to work opposite Devin. In a perfect world, we'd get Crabtree but, as a rule, we never trade up in Round 1.

Top talent WR are as rare as top talent true 4-3 DE's. You want to find one of those gems you better be excellent at scouting. You will notice that all the weaknesses on the Bears are all areas Angelo has trouble drafting. DE, WR, QB, FS, OL, NT, LB. Oh almost forgot we still need another RB to compliment Forte. The Bears have 8 needs and 6 picks. Yes I said LB, he has drafted Briggs and no one else worth noting.

Bears need to move Harrison into the NT spot and slide Hester into the slot.

Dan M Kenny Britt will see his stock rise after the combine, his attitude is his big problem. Nicks may be there too, but WR will be this years trend, because of the Super Bowl performance.

Where's Bazuin? Haynes? Okwo? Benson? wrote:
"It's time JA was held accountable for all these first-day draft busts. You want to know why we aren't better? They say it all starts with the draft and if you keep missing in the first few rounds, then you keep missing the playoffs. I'm getting ticked (this is a family paper) off about Angelo getting to swing and miss year after year."

You are so right. Angelo should be held accountable for drafting Forte, Harris, Hester, Manning, Briggs, and Olsen. Why is it that you want to recall your namesake Mr. BHOB when criticizing (fairly) Angelo whiffs but ignore his successes (unfairly) when wanting to make your point. Include both or exclude both.

I see Gregg Jennings on the list and he's been very good for the Packers, no?

If Brian Robiskie is there in round 2 it's a no-brainer. You cannot go wrong with a receiver from Wide Receiver U, other known as THE Ohio State University. Ask Indy if they like Anthony Gonzales. You don't have to ask Pitt if they are pleased with Santonio Holmes. Miami loves Ted Ginn. And look at the lineage: Chris Carter, Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn and David Boston were all pro bowlers.

This is one sure thing. Want a receiver with good blood lines, toughness? Draft Robiskie. If Orton needs a guy with a five foot catch radius to make him accurate, this is your guy. If you want some heart at that position, a guy who, while not the fastest, has the hands and desire to GET the ball, this is your man.

You CANNOT go wrong with a wideout from Wide Receiver U. And if the Bears don't gobble him up some smart GM, from NE or Pitt or Baltimore will.

MD Kevin wrote:
"You are so right. Angelo should be held accountable for drafting Forte, Harris, Hester, Manning, Briggs, and Olsen. Why is it that you want to recall your namesake Mr. BHOB when criticizing (fairly) Angelo whiffs but ignore his successes (unfairly) when wanting to make your point. Include both or exclude both."

I don't think I would be bragging about Hester and Harris after last season, but I'll give them to you anyway. I'm guessing you are a Cub fan with your sunny day optimism, which is fine but a bit misguided. Look at the early rounds of JA's drafts:

2002: Colombo, Roosevelt Williams, Terrence Metcalf. None are starting for the Bears and I think Williams was laughed out of football.

2003: Haynes, Grossman, Tillman, Briggs. I won't argue Peanut, he's a good player, and Briggs is the best player on the defense so JA is 2 out of 4 there.

2004: Harris, Tank Johnson, Berrian. Harris is a big question mark for me. I hope he is more than a flash in the pan. Johnson, gone, and JA wasn't able to keep Berrian.

2005: Benson, Bradley. Defend that.

2006: Manning, Hester, Dvoracek. Manning is still flipping positions up until the last game. Hester WAS the most electrifying return man, now a good #2 receiver. Dvoracek finally started but was hurt, again, and Anthony Adams outplayed him when he took over. I don't think you can brag about Manning and Hester too much out of this as they still haven't found their niche.

2007: Olsen, Bazuin, Wolfe, Okwo. Olsen was a good pick, the other 3, not so much.

2008: Williams, Forte, Bennett. Sure, Forte was a great pick, but he picked an injured player with Williams and Bennett couldn't get on the field on a team where his position is a weak spot.

The evidence clearly states that Angelo misses more than he hits in the early rounds and you will not win games when you keep missing on first-day choices. At this point, I think Angelo should trade away his picks from the first three rounds because his picks probably won't stick. Seriously, the odds say they won't. Even I could get lucky about 25% of the time at the draft. Our 1-3 round picks have more value in trade than actual use as picks for the Bears. JA has better luck with his 3rd rounders, so maybe just trade rounds 1 & 2 away.

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