General manager Jerry Angelo and college scouting director Greg Gabriel sat down Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Bears' draft, the one that already began with the acquisition of quarterback Jay Cutler.
The draft, at least Saturday's first two rounds, will be anticlimactic for the Bears. Their only selection is No. 49 overall, the 17th pick of the second round and that will not come until some time after 7:30 p.m. The longer the draft session went--it lasted a little more than 45 minutes and we have some updates from it right here--the more Cutler was part of the discussion. The Bears shipped Denver their first- and third-round picks as well as a first-round pick in 2010 for Cutler and a fifth-rounder this year.
``I know not having a No. 1 pick will put a cloud on the draft,'' Angelo said.
But Cutler is the Bears' first-round pick, the closest thing the organization has had to a franchise quarterback in decades.
For Cutler to be effective, he's going to need better play from a wide receiving corps that was one of the NFL's weakest last season. The only moves the Bears have made so far are to cast off Marty Booker and decline to re-sign Brandon Lloyd. Unfortunately, that doesn't qualify as addition by subtraction.
``I think it will be better given the fact that our quarterback is going to play better,'' Angelo said of the receiver position. ``I feel that is something that is going to help that position and the whole offense overall. We want to create some depth there. I feel we are going to be better there as a whole.''
In fact, the more Angelo talked, the more he talked about Cutler making the offense and team better as a whole. That's a lot of weight to place on one man's shoulders and makes Cutler an expensive investment, one the Bears want to monitor. That is why there has been considerable buzz about the Internet pictures that have tracked Cutler partying around town in the last few weeks. He has Type 1 diabetes, which makes his nightlife a concern for a franchise that has been used to watching its quarterbacks ride a carousel. You don't have to be an Internet surfer to find the evidence.
``When we did our research, we know he goes out, we know he does those things,'' Angelo said. ``We talked to our medical people, we talked to the Denver medical people. It comes with the territory. We're comfortable with it. I really can't answer it beyond that.
``I'm not going to micro-manage a person. If we have to do that, that's not a good sign. Some lessons, they have to see and learn for themselves. I don't think that's a big thing at this point. It's what he does on Sunday is how we're going to evaluate him. That's the bottom line. He's got a good foundation coming in here. He's a young quarterback, he's played in this league, he's shown what he can do. He gets it. That's the biggest concern. He gets it.''