A Rundown of All the Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Bears 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 2 (No. 2 overall, from 49ers)

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC: Pick 2 and the first massive surprise of the night. The Bears sent picks 3, 67, 111 and a 2018 third-rounder to the 49ers to move up one spot for Trubisky. That’s a pretty strong indication that a.) the Bears believe Trubisky is destined to be a star, and b.) multiple teams were lining up for Trubisky (or San Francisco at least made Chicago believe that). It is a massive commitment that comes right after the Bears signed Mike Glennon in free agency. Is Trubisky here to take the job in 2017 or to sit and watch? Given the price, it almost has to be the former. This is a huge gamble by the Bears on a quarterback who drew mixed reviews throughout the draft process.? GRADE: D

Round 2, Pick 13 (No. 45) (From Arizona)

Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland: Just like that, we have a tight end run on our hands. The Bears needed depth at the position—Zach Miller’s been banged up a lot, Dion Sims has never had 300 yards receiving in a season and the rest of the depth chart is thin. Shaheen’s solid pass catching, suspect blocking combo actually will fit well with those other options. But there were a lot of other directions Chicago could have gone here. Grade: C

Round 4, Pick 5 (No. 112) (From Buffalo) Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama

Round 4, Pick 13 (No. 119) (From Arizona) Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T

Round 5, Pick 3 (No. 147): Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown University

Bears GM Ryan Pace Sets the Record Straight – “Mike Glennon is Our Starting Quarterback”

Despite drafting Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, Bears general manager Ryan Pace says that Mike Glennon is the starting quarterback, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

“In regards to Mike Glennon, Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback,” Pace said. “There is no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here. Glennon is our starting quarterback. We’ll focus on Mitch’s development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears.”

In the next breath, however, Pace suggested that Glennon is OK with the Trubisky move. Come on. How can that possibly be true?

“I talked to Mike [Thursday night],” Pace said. “He understands the competitiveness of our business at every single position. Mike also understands he’s our starting quarterback. Mike’s been here working hard all the time, already developing leadership with his teammates. I’m extremely excited about Mike Glennon this season, and I’m extremely excited about adding Mitch to our roster.”

Bears Pull Off Draft Stunner; Move Up to #2 and Pick QB Mitch Tribusky

The Chicago Bears pulled off the first big stunner of the 2017 NFL Draft, moving up one spot from number three to number two and taking North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Tribusky.

Many felt the team would take Stanford pass rusher Solomon Thomas, but instead they took the guy they feel will throw the football and lead the team to hopefully a bunch of wins in Tribusky.

Thomas, by the way, went to the 49ers with the third overall pick, the pick that was at first the Bears.

The Bears traded the third-round pick (No. 67 overall) and the fourth-round pick (No. 111 overall) and a 2018 third-round pick to the Niners to move up to take the quarterback.

Here’s some highlights of the newest and now most talked about Bears player in the long time.

The Odds For The Chicago Bears In Super Bowl 2017

You cannot expect a team to resurrect its franchise from a disastrous season of 3-13, especially when it has no clear answer at the position of a quarterback. Surely it cannot be believed that such a team would make it to the Super Bowl, but the way the Cowboys have improved in the 2015-16 season, it gives them quite a good reason to believe in themselves to ace the tournament.

When it comes to the worst performance in ten years, the Bears are notoriously at the top. Considering these odds is very important for bettors for better returns. You can find many online sites which let you bet on different teams’ performances – you can go for betting in sports but also casino games at Betfair.

It is a tough job for hope to do the trick when performance is this bad, and according to the sources from the ESPN:

“In the last ten years, the Bears have made the playoffs only once. They had won the Super Bowl on 26th January, 1986. Lovey Smith got fired nonplussed in 2012 with a record of 22-40. John fox worsened it to 3-13 in 2016, so the prospect of Chicago having the odds of 100-1 in winning the Super Bowl LII sounds to exceed the expectations.”

Chicago has joined only two other teams as far as the 100-1 odds category are considered and the teams are the Jets and the Rams. There are only two more teams who have worse odds than this (300-1) and they are 49ers and the Browns.

The Patriots have the best chances to make it all the way this year with the odds of 5-1, if you have been surmising. The Packers are ahead at the NFC north with 12-1, while the Lions have the odds of 60-1 and the Vikings are at 20-1 which are much more promising places as far as odds are concerned, than the Bears.

The Falcons are currently on 12-1, just behind the Steelers, cowboys and Patriots. But with the season this early, it is time for them to enjoy their game for now and gear up later when going gets tough, as Vaughan McClure says.

Denver Broncos have improved a tad bit, advancing to a 16-1 from the 20-1 where they started. They missed their playoffs in 2010, and keeping that in mind they should pay attention to their faltering offence and spend the 40$ million wisely and pick the right players who would be a good addition to the strength of the team, as observed by Jeff Legwold.

The Kansas City Chiefs are currently at 18-1, which places them at the eighth position in the points table and this is not such a bad start for them if one keeps in mind that they could not make it to the play offs last season. They certainly look like the team stuck in a kind of limbo, never having the much needed luck to get through the play offs, says Adam Teicher.

The Indianapolis Colts have the odds of 20-1, with all the trouble going on, Ryan Grigson getting fired by Jim Irsay. Possibly, Andrew Luck would take the position of the cornerback for the, who has had an offseason shoulder injury (throwing arm) treated recently.

Chicago Bears History: The Quarterback Carousel

By Bryan Dietzler

The Chicago Bears have an “interesting” history with quarterbacks.  To put it honestly, they haven’t had much success with quarterbacks over the history of the franchise.

There have been a couple of players that the Bears can say were good, if not great, quarterbacks in their history.  Sid Luckman, who played with the Bears from 1939 to 1950 helped the Bears win four championships.  He was easily their best quarterback ever because he helped them earn championships.

George Blanda also made a stop in Chicago during his lengthy career in football.  He was with the Bears in 1949 and then from 1950 to 1958.  Blanda was pretty much only a kicker when he was with the Bears but was listed as a quarterback.  He needs to be mentioned because some people think that he played a lot at quarterback in Chicago.

We will fast forward to more recent times.  Well, more recent times if you want to say that three decades ago was more recent.  Let’s go back to 1985, just over thirty years ago.  The Bears were flying high with their stellar defense and a quarterback, Jim McMahon, who did enough to win.  The Bears drafted McMahon to be the “savior” of the offense and be a player that could help take them further than they had been before.  He did a decent job but unfortunately suffered several injuries that kept him from making a bigger impact for the Bears.

After McMahon had left, the Bears went through (and are still going through) a quarterback “hell.”  No single signal caller has helped earn a Super Bowl victory since 1985.  Sure, Rex Grossman took them to a Super Bowl in 2006, but they lost.

Some of the guys that they have had play since McMahon will bring back good and bad memories.  I will always remember three of my favorites during the time between McMahon and Cutler.  Those three were David Krieg, Jim Miller, and Erik Kramer.  They were decent quarterbacks that kept the Bears relevant but didn’t win any Super Bowls.  They just bring back some pleasant memories.

Then you had the guys that dragged the team down.  Possibly the Bears biggest bust, at quarterback, of all time, was Cade McNown.  He was with the team for just two years after being drafted as a first round pick (12th overall).  He was jettisoned after two miserable seasons.  His attitude conflicted with his teammates and management so much they didn’t want him around.

What a mistake he was.  But you should learn from your mistakes, right?

Some of the other players who were put the fire and failed include such memorable guys as Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchison, and Kordell Stewart.  There were many players that didn’t pan out for the Bears.  They tried and tried but kept on stumbling.

We mentioned Grossman.  He had a rough start to his career as he suffered injuries that kept him on the sidelines.  This meant that another investment at quarterback was in limbo.  I, personally, remember how disgruntled I was, hearing he would be out for an extended period.  I imagine a lot of fans felt the same way I did.

In his absence, his backup, Kyle Orton, became one of the best game managing quarterbacks in recent Bears history.  He was solid, not spectacular but solid, and helped keep the Bears relevant while Grossman healed.

The 16-plus games leading up to the Bears second Super Bowl were brutal for the offense.  Grossman was finally healthy, but he played like he was injured.  Yes, the Bears managed to win, but they won thanks to their defense and special teams.  When it was time to finally “put up,” in the Super Bowl, Grossman could not get them over the top, and the Bears lost.

Rex Grossman’s time in Chicago came to an end soon after their Super Bowl appearance.  After years of struggle, the Bears decided to finally do something about their unstable quarterback position.  In 2009, former general manager Jerry Angelo decided to mortgage the Bear’s future on a disgruntled young star named Jay Cutler.  Cutler had done just enough to raise Angelo’s eyebrows and make him send some draft picks, along with Orton, to Denver to get him

I admit, when I first heard that Cutler was coming to Chicago, I thought that the Bears had finally found their quarterback of the future.  People were excited and I was excited.  I had read all about him and thought he could be the savior at the position the Bears needed.   I felt that the Bears had finally found the answer at quarterback.  Years of struggle had finally come to an end, hadn’t it?  I could see a Super Bowl win ahead and was excited for the future of the Chicago Bears.

While Cutler had a lot of talent, he suffered from a couple of different things.  One was not his fault, and one was clearly his problem.  What he couldn’t control was his supporting cast.  He did not have a great supporting cast around him for most of his career.  The lack of solid talent around him caused him problems and his first few seasons in Chicago were less than stellar.

But Cutler was his own worst enemy. His attitude and struggles with his decision making and mechanics were almost just as bad as not having a supporting cast around him.

If you look at the numbers, Jay Cutler was, statistically, their best quarterback.  But he never got them to a Super Bowl.  He won one playoff game in his entire career in Chicago.  One in eight seasons.

Ultimately, the era of Cutler in Chicago was a failure.

The Bears have chosen to turn the page and move on from Cutler.  Now they have career backup Mike Glennon, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in house and ready to start.  They have signed Mark Sanchez and have Connor Shaw to help give Glennon some competition.

On paper, the Bears quarterbacks of today look like the Bear’s quarterbacks of the past (since McMahon).  They look mediocre and uninspiring.

But you never know what

It’s time for Chicago to open a new chapter in their long history of quarterbacks. It’s time to draft someone that can take this team to the next level.  The opportunity is here they just have to take hold of it.

So will the Bears be able to find a quarterback in this draft?  They can, but if they can’t get a quality player that they can develop into a future starter, then they need to pass and get a guy next year.  Chicago cannot afford to make another mistake as they have before.  They must be perfect this time, or the quarterback position could be set back for years.

Let’s hope they make the right decision for the future in this draft.

I am very optimistic that the Bears will correct the quarterback situation this year.  I love the Bears and want them to do well but want this to be the year they finally start to stabilize the position for good.  This has to be the year to finally right the ship at the quarterback spot.

Just for fun, I thought that I would list all of the quarterbacks who have started, by year, since Jim McMahon left Chicago.  Anyone remember the picture of the storefront in Cleveland that shows all of the quarterbacks that the Browns have had over the last few years.  Well, the Bears have had quite a few since McMahon departed.  So let’s go back to 1989 and walk down the different starting quarterbacks the Bears have had since then.

1989 and 1990: Mike Tomczak and Jim Harbaugh

1991: Jim Harbaugh

1992 Jim Harbaugh, Will Furrer and Peter Tom Willis

1993: Jim Harbaugh and Peter Tom Willis

1994: Erik Kramer and Steve Walsh

1995: Erik Kramer

1996: Dave Krieg and Erik Kramer

1997: Rick Mirer and Erik Kramer

1998: Erik Kramer, Steve Stenstrom and Moses Moreno

1999 and 2000: Jim Miller, Shane Matthews and Cade McNown

2001: Shane Matthews and Jim Miller

2002: Chris Chandler, Henry Burris and Jim Miller

2003: Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman and Chris Chandler

2004: Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn and Rex Grossman

2005: Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman

2006: Rex Grossman

2007: Brian Griese, Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton

2008: Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman

2009: Jay Cutler

2010: Jay Cutler and Todd Collins

2011: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Caleb Hanie

2012: Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell

2013: Jay Cutler and Josh McCown

2014: Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen

2015: Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen

2016: Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley

A Look at the 2017 Bears Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out, and here’s a look at the Bears slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 Atlanta Falcons 12:00 PM

Sep. 17 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00 PM

Sep. 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 12:00 PM

Sep. 28 at Green Bay Packers (Thu) 7:25 PM

Oct. 9 Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 7:30 PM

Oct. 15 at Baltimore Ravens 12:00 PM

Oct. 22 Carolina Panthers 12:00 PM

Oct. 29 at New Orleans Saints 12:00 PM

Nov. 5 BYE

Nov. 12 Green Bay Packers 12:00 PM

Nov. 19 Detroit Lions 12:00 PM

Nov. 26 at Philadelphia Eagles 12:00 PM

Dec. 3 San Francisco 49ers 12:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals 12:00 PM

Dec. 16 at Detroit Lions (Sat) 3:30 PM

Dec. 24 Cleveland Browns 12:00 PM

Dec. 31 at Minnesota Vikings 12:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: It won’t be easy but two of the first three are at home against the NFC Champion Falcons and the Steelers, who made the AFC Title game. If this young team wants to make an impact, winning both games would be critical to start the 2017 season.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: While a fast start would be great, the team has three of their final four on the road, with game at Cincy, Detroit and Minnesota. The only breather is a home game against the Browns, who went 1-15 last season.

Chicago Bears Draft Needs: One More Look at Taking a Quarterback Too Early

By Bryan Dietzler

Some of the people who have read my previous articles have seen me cover just about all of the top quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft. I have done features on DeShaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes.  I have skipped Mitch Trubisky because he just doesn’t have the experience and is kind of a “scary” prospect.  But, in my next article, I will give him his due.

If you have been watching or reading what football experts are saying, you may have seen that some think that the Bears could take a quarterback at number three.  But then they also say that there is not a single quarterback in this year’s draft is worth taking at the third spot.  And they are right.  For the value, no single quarterback in this year’s draft is worth the third overall selection.

It can be said that taking a quarterback there would be a reach.  But, teams have been known to go out of their way to draft a player they think could be great.  And the Bears just might do that.

A good quarterback will be the target of several teams in this draft.  The San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns and several other teams could use some help at quarterback.  Two quarterback-needy teams pick ahead of the Bears so that means that there is a chance two of the top guys could be gone.  It’s a small chance but it’s still a possibility.

When considering what might happen before the Bears pick again after the first round (36th in the second round) Chicago may decide to try to “reach” and get one of the top signal callers.  If they choose to take one at number three, they are making a big mistake.

There are three things that could happen.  The first is that teams will “freak out” and take one of the top quarterbacks way too early. They think these players will be gone before they get another crack at them. This happens a lot in any NFL draft and this is also known as “reaching”.  Some teams may reach too far and end up getting burned.

The second thing that could happen is that the Bears could pick a non-quarterback then hope that their target quarterback is there in the second round.  Then, their target player suddenly gets picked earlier than they thought “stunning” them.  It’s a gamble and gambling is a big part of the draft.

Finally, the third thing that could happen is that the Bears could trade some of their draft picks and get back into the first round.  Doing that, they could grab a guy they want.  In this scenario, they would feel that their “guy” wouldn’t be around at number 36.  So they will get scared and trade picks away to get him.  This “mortgaging the future” on one player hasn’t been done much by the Bears in their history.  Maybe this the draft to take that chance in?

Chicago has been heavily connected to Clemson’s DeShaun Watson.  He has worked out for them, they attended his pro day and rumors abound that he is “their guy”.  But at number three?  No way.

But would Watson make it to the 36th pick in the draft?  Some say yes while others feel he is going to go somewhere just after the 15th pick overall.  Its likely Chicago would have to trade down to get him in the ideal spot.  That involves “mortgaging the future” which we discussed before.

The ideal scenario for the Bears would be to get a good quarterback in the second round.  If they miss out on any of the four top guys before that there are a couple other options.  The choices, however, are slim.  Ideally, if they miss out on one of the top four quarterbacks, they should wait until next year to get a future franchise quarterback.

This writer hopes that fear doesn’t grip the Bears and they take a quarterback too early.  There are other needs that the Bears could use their third pick on.  But then, some teams have found success drafting quarterbacks in that third spot.  There have been guys like Matt Ryan and Steve McNair both successful third players picks in a draft. But then you have those failed number three picks like Akili Smith and Joey Harrington.

Honestly, it’s a crap shoot.  You roll the dice with the player that you get and hope for the best.  At times, it’s hard to predict how a player is actually going to perform once the football “bullets” start flying.  Other times, it is easy.  There are plenty of players with red flags and reasons to avoid them.  Sometimes your choice is easy, sometimes it isn’t.

Ultimately, the best choice for Chicago is to go with the best player available.  Lots of teams do this and they find success with that approach.  Quite frankly, with the best players’ available being guys like Jamal Adams, Marshon Lattimore, and Jonathan Allen, the Bears could not go wrong.  Where they could go wrong is if they reached for someone who didn’t belong at number three.

My best advice to the Bears is to grab one of the top guys that are available.  They can’t go wrong.  Trying to get one of the best quarterbacks that early would be crazy.  If they can get one later then that’s what they need to do.

Or maybe the Bears need to wait a year and draft a quarterback in 2018?  The crop of quarterbacks next year is going to be much better than it is this year. With big names like Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and Washington State’s Luke Falk, the Bears could have better opportunity to find a future starter.  Sure, they need to start winning now but they need to start winning the right way.  They cannot put their future in the hands of someone who has the potential to bust.

Remember Cade McNown?

So my advice for the Bears is to avoid a quarterback until after the first round.  If you miss out on the guy you want then wait until next year.  Don’t waste a pick on a player is a reach or not a good fit.  In fact, if there is any chance he might not work out, in your mind, don’t take him.

And do not take a quarterback unless it’s the right place to take one.

What do you think?  Should the Bears take a quarterback at number three?  Where should they draft a quarterback?

The Forgotten Need: Offensive Tackle Prospects

By Bryan Dietzler

Over the past few weeks we have covered several different players that would be good fits for the Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft.  We have looked at quarterbacks, safeties, cornerbacks and defensive lineman.  We have looked at guys like Jamal Adams, Jonathan Allen and Marshon Lattimore.  There has been speculation that the Bears could draft DeShaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes.

Not one single mock draft has the Bears taking any player but a safety, cornerback, quarterback or defensive tackle in the first round. And that’s for good reason.  If you look at the players that rated to be worthy of that third pick, those are the four positions that seem to be the most sensible.  Well sensible to take with the third pick in the draft.

You wouldn’t think that taking an offensive tackle with that pick would be feasible.  In this draft, it wouldn’t be.  There is not a top ten offensive tackle and the only one who might even be considered near top ten, Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk, will probably not be selected until after the 15th pick in the first round.

It doesn’t appear that there could be a chance that the Bears would take an offensive tackle in the first round.  Sure, it might happen if they trade down and grab one a little later but they won’t take one at number three.

An offensive tackle is not their number one need or top target in this draft.

But it is a need and one that should be addressed in this draft.  But where in the draft?  And who should they consider taking?

I am one to advocate taking a strong future starter at left tackle in either the second or third round of the draft.  Depending on what the Bears decide to do at quarterback, they may even wait until the third round or fourth of the draft to take one.  But maybe it’s just not a top priority to them?

But why all this talk of drafting an offensive tackle? Isn’t Charles Leno Jr., the 16-game starter from last season, good enough?  Do the Bears really need to find a new left tackle in this draft?

Leno is solid but unspectacular player who gives up a lot of pressure on the quarterback.  He is serviceable, for now, but the Bears need someone a little more dynamic at the position.  If they can upgrade at left tackle, their line play would be better and they could do a lot more in a better way.

If the Bears were to take an offensive tackle, where should they take one?  And who should they take?

Let’s look at three prospects that the Bears may be interested in at the tackle position.  There is one prospect each for the second, third and fourth round.  We will look at a little of their upside, a little about their downside and if they make sense being drafted by the Bears in their projected round.

Roderick Johnson-Florida State-His build is solid for the tackle position and he has long arms which allows him to keep defenders off his body.  He can adjust quickly to the defender, keep him from disrupting the play and is quick to react.  Johnson can run block well and finishes his blocks with authority.

There are times he bends at the waist when blocking which isn’t good for an offensive lineman.  He can overreact struggle to correct and then take on the defender without good technique.  Johnson’s footwork could use some fine tuning as well so hopefully a good coach can help him work through that issue.

Is Johnson worth a second-round pick?  Most experts feel that he could be a low second to early third round selection so the Bears may not want to take him at 36.  If the fell into the third round, where the Bears pick at number 67 then he could be worth taking.  He could develop into a fine starter and may be better than Leno eventually.

Vanderbilt is not known as a football powerhouse but it has produced some decent talent in the past.  We won’t mention the most popular Vanderbilt product who played for the Bears (Jay Cutler anyone?).  But there is one guy coming out this year, an offensive tackle, that could interest Chicago.  His name is Will Holden.

Holden is a monster standing 6-7 while weighing 311 pounds.  He could play guard or tackle but the Bears need him to play tackle.  His run blocking is pretty stout and is used to working in a highly efficient run offense.  He is strong and can move defenders where he needs them to go (get them out of the way).

Pass protection is Holden’s weakness and the Bears can’t really afford to have someone that could hurt them in pass protection.  Perhaps they can develop him into a finely tuned pass protector but that would take time. Do the Bears have time to develop a tackle?  Of course, they do because Leno can still play while they let this guy get “NFL-ready”.

Although he is a project, Holden is worth looking at as a third or fourth round pick.  The Bears make their pick early in the third round and then have the 111th and 117th picks in the draft.  Many experts feel that Holden could go late in the third round but he could be there early in the fourth too.

He’s a project player with a ton of upside who could, quite possibly, develop into a starter later down the road.

Finally, Florida’s David Sharpe is yet another player that the Bears could look at in finding some help at the offensive tackle position.  Sharpe, who stands six feet six inches tall and weighs 343 pounds, is another big-bodied guy .  But does he have decent pass protection skills?

When looking at his upside, you will see that Sharpe is massive and well-proportioned with big legs and long arms.  His initial punch is big and his hand technique is well-developed.  Due to his bulk, he can grab hold and control defenders moving them where he needs them to go.  Sharpe is very strong and can outmuscle many defenders he encounters.  But can he do what he was able to do to college defensive lineman to NFL defensive linemen?

Sharpe doesn’t play with much fluidity and seems to be a little stiff.  He will bend in the middle and will lunge at the defender sometimes.  He doesn’t make quick lateral moves and is not very quick overall.  His ability to get in and execute double team blocks isn’t that strong either.

A player like Sharpe could be a good pick up .  He’s more like an early to mid-fourth round pick right and could be had by the Bears at 111 or 117.  Of course, he would be another developmental prospect that could step in and play a little later down the road.

Every team needs a solid left tackle and the Bears haven’t had one for quite some time.  If they can draft someone that could help them solidify the position that would be great.  It’s doubtful they will take a left tackle in the first round and probably not in the second.  Look for them to grab one and try to shore up a position that could use some more “punch”.

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