Talk about a long wait to see the Bears not do anything.
In trading the No. 49 pick to the Seattle Seahawks the Bears not only left Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and Missouri safety William Moore on the board, they ensured they would go without a pick in the first two rounds of the draft for the first time since 1978. It's been so long the team doesn't have records of what it acquired for the first rounder that went to the Los Angeles Rams and the second rounder that went to the San Francisco 49ers. If you recall, let us know.
Now, general manager Jerry Angelo goes into Day 2 of the draft, which begins in about 10 hours, with nine draft picks. They start with pick No. 68, the fourth selection of the third round. Angelo has a depth chart at wide receiver that looks worse than it did last season, if you can imagine that.
Receiver Career receptions
Rashied Davis 74
Devin Hester 71
Devin Aromashodu 7
John Broussard 4
Earl Bennett 0
Brandon Rideau 0
Progress has been made if you look at the team's official roster, I suppose. The Bears, just in recent weeks, list Hester as a punter returner/wide receiver. He was listed as a punt returner/kick returner all last season. Perhaps that's evidence they do, in fact, believe Hester can emerge as a true No. 1 receiver. This much is certain, new quarterback Jay Cutler will not be getting a No. 1 in this draft or with what is out on the street right now. Angelo mentioned there could be some players cast away after the draft that could be considered too.
Multiple league observers were scratching their heads wondering why the team passed on a receiver and a safety at No. 49. Angelo explained it's about the grade and the team didn't want to reach for a player it feels it can get on Sunday. He said the Bears, who already had seven picks on the second day, have spent an inordinate amount of time evaluating the talent that would be available from Rounds 3 through 7. They feel they have a good handle on those rounds and will be able to turn up productive players in those rounds. It's worth noting Angelo has done well in the past with an early pick on the second day of the draft, getting Alex Brown, Nathan Vasher and Kyle Orton in similar situations.
Receiver strikes as the most pressing need but it's a good bet that Lovie Smith's defense will be addressed at all three levels. Angelo has had success with safeties in the later rounds and the team could look for help at defensive end and linebacker early. Wisconsin's DeAndre Levy is a good fit at linebacker and he could make an immediate impact on special teams. Keep an eye on Texas defensive linemen Henry Melton and Roy Miller. The Bears will likely add a cornerback too.
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