The Bears used a sixth-round pick in the NFL Draft to select Downers Grove native Dan LeFevour.
He was an intriguing player, given his brilliant career at Central Michigan, where he broke numerous records and made plays both with his feet and his arm.
But after two weeks of training camp, LeFevour has hardly looked ready to make a meaningful contribution to the 2010 Chicago Bears. LeFevour hasn't consistently made plays and, perhaps most alarming, his arm just doesn't look like NFL material.
What about his legs, which propelled him to nearly 3,000 rushing yards and 47 rushing touchdowns? He hasn't been running circles around the Bears first-, second-, or third-string defenses.
All of this presents the club with a difficult decision.
It's unrealistic to think the Bears could release him, hope he clears waivers and joins the team's practice squad. With 31 other teams, if he shows any redeeming value, at least one other club will tuck him away on their 53-man roster and try and develop him. That happened when I was in Minnesota with Tyler Thigpen, a seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2007. An unknown out of Coastal Carolina, the Vikings tried to sneak him onto their practice squad, only to have the Kansas City Chiefs make room for him on their 53-man roster. Thigpen started 11 games for the Chiefs in 2008, and he posted a solid 76.0 passer rating. He was made expendable when a new coaching regime took over, but Thigpen is currently on the Miami Dolphins roster.
But the Bears have a roster loaded with veterans, and they may have to "redshirt" -- as many of you regulars call it -- a few other draft picks. Seventh-round pick J'Marcus Webb has shown too much potential to think he's going to wind up on the Bears practice squad. And cornerback Joshua Moore may not be strong enough now -- he only did two bench presses of 225 pounds at the NFL Combine -- but he also has flashed enough to make it difficult to think he'd clear waivers. Third-round pick Major Wright and fourth-round pick Corey Wootton appear certain to make the 53-man roster.
And given some depth at other key positions, the Bears may have to seriously think about carrying two quarterbacks on the roster again.
Viewers probably won't be paying attention when LeFevour takes the field tonight, in the Bears preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers. But I can assure you scouts from other teams will be watching his every step, decision and pass.