The 2015 NFL draft is in the books. By all accounts it was a rousing success here in the Windy City. I didn’t attend it in person, but I took a lot of it in on my couch. My beloved Bears got a dynamic player at the top of the draft and filled in with needs after that. It was nice to have a draft where we were not scratching our heads or second guessing each and every pick
Round 1: Kevin White, WR- West Virginia. Round one was no surprise by most prognosticators. Some had it pegged correctly as early as February. I was hoping they would have snagged Vic Beasly or Trae Waynes, but I am not disappointed with White, who’s smile fit right in with the bright Chicago skyline. I cannot wait to see him battle Kyle Fuller in training camp. Brandon Marshall vs Charles “peanut” Tillman was epic and I am hoping this follows suit.
Round 2: Eddie Goldman, DT- Florida State. Some notable football writers had Goldman going in the late first round, so this pick is kind of a steal. The Bears selected the FSU Seminole with the 7th pick in R2, (39) overall. Goldman will have a good chance to fight for a job next to his childhood idol, Jerimiah Ratliff.
Round 3: Hroniss Grasu, C- Oregon. I admit, I had no clue who he was. When I found out he was from Oregon, it made me think of Kyle Long. Turns out Grasu was one of Long’s best friends, also a stout offensive lineman. It will be interesting to see if he can earn a spot next to Kyle Long and Matt Slaussen. Grasu looks to be the solid type who could start for many, many years.
Round 4: Jeremy Langford, RB- Michigan State. I will be honest, I was a little disappointed that they waited until the 4th round to pick a running back. I think there were others out there. Langford was “decent” at Michigan State. He had a nice week of practice at the Senior Bowl but did not participate in the game due to “back tightness”. Could be a blessing in disguise for the Bears who took Langford at the top of round 4.
Round 5: Adrian Amos, S- Penn State. Amos is slated as a free safety with good coverage skills. Something the Bears have been lacking since Mike Brown patrolled the defensive backfield. It remains to be seen if Amos has the toughness and intangibles that Brown possessed, but he is said to have the intelligence. That’s a nice start. Amos could compete to win a job, possibly alongside 2nd year Bear, Ryan Mundy.
Round 6: Tayo Fabuluje, OT- TCU. I had not heard of this player until the Bears drafted him. He seems like he has great size and strength to play either guard or tackle. Tayo sounded like a nice kid on the radio when interviewed. He comes with a little baggage, but hopefully with the right coaching and world-class training, he can get into form and hopefully be a viable starter in a year or two.
UFA: The Bears went to work right away signing Undrafted Free Agents. Among them is East Carolina QB Shane Carden.
Shane Carden, QB- East Carolina. Carden had a decent showing in the Senior Bowl. He displayed some nimbleness, a quick, if not unorthodox throwing style. His arm strength didn’t quite seem like it was in the upper third of NFL QBs, but he seemed to have enough zip on it to get the job done. I really like his throwing style, I’m hoping the Bears don’t ask him to alter it.
Levi Norwood, WR- Baylor. At the least, Norwood seems to have a shot to win a spot on the roster via special teams. Scouting report says he has toughness, which is definitely a welcomed trait in Chicago.
Brian Vogler, TE- Alabama. Has good size for the position. If the Bears end up trading Martellus Bennett, Vogler could find himself fighting for a roster spot.
John Timu, LB- Washington. The Bears have a couple wide open spots for linebacker, but Timu will likely be on special teams if he is to make the roster. The Bears converted to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio–so nothing is out of the question.
Anthony Jefferson, CB- UCLA. Jefferson has good size for a corner and probably could end up playing safety at some point. Lacks the top tier athleticism for a starter but could win a job as a special-teamer and eventually work into the nickel or dime packages.
Overall, I would say the Bears had a nice draft under first year GM Ryan Pace. He didn’t take chances moving up and down the draft, but it looks like he got some solid football players. One thing I did notice, they didn’t take a single player under 6′ tall. A departure from former GMs who loved to routinely draft undersized players.
So how did your team do? Good? Bad? Ugly? Feel free to let me know in the comments down below!