Monday, April 22, 2024

Draft Prospects Every New Chicago Bears Coach Will Push For

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New faces bring new opinions when it comes to the draft process. The Chicago Bears overhauled most of their offensive coaching staff over the past month while also adding a new defensive coordinator. All of these men will be brought up to speed on the evaluation process. Together, they will work with team scouts to help build the best possible draft board. As is always the case each year, guys end up having favorites. Certain players they believe would make the team better.

So here is a fun exercise. Let’s take every new assistant coach the Bears hired and determine which draft prospects they are likely to gravitate toward. This will be based on each of their backgrounds, from the positions they run to the types of guys they worked with in the past.

The Chicago Bears will likely be urged to consider these prospects.

Shane Waldron (OC) – Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

People look at Waldron for his work with quarterbacks for obvious reasons. They might be surprised to know he spent a lot of his assistant career as a tight ends coach. It is a position he knows quite well. Yet he’s never had the chance to work with a truly elite talent. He left New England a year before Rob Gronkowski arrived. There is no question he will salivate at the opportunity to work with Bowers, who is drawing George Kittle comparisons. The guy is a matchup nightmare with size, speed, and soft hands.

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Kerry Joseph (QB) – Michael Pratt, QB, Tulane

Mentioning Caleb Williams or one of the other top QBs would be too easy here. A better debate is if Joseph might convince the Bears to take a gamble on somebody later in the draft. During his Senior Bowl interview, he mentioned that confidence and swagger are essential to a good quarterback. Pratt has both in abundance, as proven by the fact he beat Williams to end the 2022 season. He’s a capable pocket passer, accurate, and unflappable in big moments. While he might be average in certain talent areas, the guy gets the most out of what he has.

Chad Morton (RB) – Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

Having coached running backs since 2017, it appears Morton has developed a liking for strong, tough, and relentless runners—Guys with great contact balance who always give that extra effort on every down. Corum was the beating heart of Michigan’s offense for two years. He drove their offense and always delivered in big moments. He’s a tough runner with great contact balance and strong vision as well. It isn’t hard to imagine Morton immediately falling in love with the kid. He embodies everything the Chicago Bears would love.

Chris Beatty (WR) – Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington

Every coach has a certain type of player they like. For Beatty, he has always preferred guys with natural route-running prowess. It was true of D.J. Moore at Maryland and again with Jordan Addison at Pitt. He loves detailed, smooth guys who understand how to get themselves open. Polk demonstrated that ability over and over with the Huskies. He might not get the same attention at Rome Odunze, but he’s such a smart player with plenty of talent in his own right.

Eric Washington (DC) – Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

As a long-time defensive line coach, Washington will be a huge asset in that area. His track record indicates he has a special talent for developing young defensive tackles. See Henry Melton, Kawann Short, and Ed Oliver. Orhorhoro had nine sacks over his last two seasons at Clemson. He’s got the size, strength, and quickness tailor-made for a three-technique interior pass rusher. The issue is his experience. He didn’t start playing football until late in high school. This is a project Washington would love.

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gdubstar44
gdubstar44
Feb 6, 2024 1:35 pm

Only player that I haven’t mocked drafted was the qb Pratt. I’m definitely team fields guy so I’d want nothing to do with drafting a qb as I’m ok with bagent too. But I like rice over the mentioned wr but I’m not going to split hairs here either because both aren’t far apart. I’d definitely take ruke and corum though. Overall not bad

Arnie
Arnie
Feb 6, 2024 1:09 pm

Jones All good. You made me go back and doublecheck my stats. It’s one thing to have a difference of opinion on what stats mean what, but I was gonna be really embarrassed if I have written like 4,000 comments saying they should trade #1 and it was all based off the wrong numbers…lol.

Jim Jones
Feb 6, 2024 10:42 am

Arnie I was wrong, will gladly admit it. I inverted the calendar. Only 2 of his last 10 games were sub 20. He was playing better ball down the stretch. Again, I was wrong in my response and you represented his final stretch correctly.

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Jim Jones
Feb 6, 2024 10:25 am

Huh? 4 of his last 6 games of the year were sub 20 QBR games. That is not consistently in the 60s and 70s. He was 10 points below his 2022 season in QBR, below average. Those are the facts, and not alternative facts. That is not consistency. That is not reliable. That is why we are heading in this direction strictly due to his lack of consistency. The last 6 games shows his last quarter was not his best as you so eloquently described. In fact it was one of his worst stretches of football. If you point to… Read more »

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Arnie
Arnie
Feb 6, 2024 10:25 am

@nOf3ar It would be different if the Bears were so far along in their rebuild that you could say, rationally, that they were a QB away from a ring, but that’s simply not the case. Then you couple the glaring holes all over their roster with the historical uncertainty of how any drafted QB will live up to their draft status, that I just think it makes more sense to try to fill the holes on the roster while also having an ongoing draft and cap management strategy and a logical long term plan at QB that leaves you covered… Read more »

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