Bears add a playmaker and a question mark
The Chicago Bears didn’t have a perfect draft, but they did a great job of solidifying one of the better overall draft’s this year. Let’s face it, no one ever has a perfect draft. But with the early picks of wide receiver Kevin White and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, that was a great start for the Bears. They also bolstered their secondary with Adrian Amos, and provided a breather-back for Matt Forte with the selection of RB Jeremy Langford in the fourth round. The Bears only had six picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, but they addressed their needs with those picks while only really making a questionable pick with their third round selection, center Hroniss Grasu.
In the offseason, the Bears traded WR Brandon Marshall, but they replaced him with the No. 7 pick in this year’s draft–Kevin White. He has great hands and is a deep threat with strength. There were several times at West Virginia last season that White caught a short pass, was hit by multiple defenders, and turned the play into a long gain because of his strength and speed. He will be a welcome addition to a team that has Jay Cutler as quarterback, and he might even prevent some of Cutler’s passes from being intercepted because of his great hands.
The third round pick of center Hroniss Grasu is the question mark of the Bears’ draft. He started all 56 games at center while he was at Oregon and dealt with an up-tempo style offense. Those are both things will benefit him in the NFL, along with his power, but the main concern from some scouts is his inability to pull effectively and close the corner block on plays to the outside. While he should be able to deal with defensive linemen in the NFL, these are concerns if plays do stretch to the perimeter.
Here are all of the Bears picks in the 2015 NFL Draft:
Round 1 – WR Kevin White (West Virginia)
Round 2 – DL Eddie Goldman (Florida State)
Round 3 – C Hroniss Grasu (Oregon)
Round 4 – RB Jeremy Langford (Michigan State)
Round 5 – S Adrian Amos (Penn State)
Round 6 – OT Tayo Fabuluje (TCU)
The fifth round pick of Adrian Amos was a steal for the Bears, as he was projected to go in the third or fourth round according to NFL.com. He has great coverage abilities, both zone and man, but he can struggle as a run stopper which might hurt against the Green Bay Packers and RB Eddie Lacy. Overall, he will help the Bears secondary against the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford, and was a much-needed addition for the Bears.
Overall draft grade: B+
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Dustin Brown covers the NFL for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.