Bears 2nd Round Draft Plan: Select Best Athlete Available, Find True Offensive Playmaker
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Offense Adds Extra Weapon, Deep Threat/Red Zone Target: To Replace Berrian, Bears Should Draft Hardy If Available, Surrounding QB With More Talent Than Ever To Ensure Improvement In Aerial Attack.
Possibility To Land #1 WR: For the Monsters of the Midway to get back to the position they were in during ’06, they need to revive their offense first and foremost – what better way to do it? Find a playmaker on offense that is able to impact the game with his presence and eye-opening abilities. An athlete than can use his talent to help turnaround a lackluster offense, translating it into on-the-field production. Who can be that possession receiver like Moose, deep threat like Berrian, and difference maker on play actions and in the red zone? Answer: Indiana’s 6-foot 7 WR James Hardy.
2nd Round #44: James Hardy, WR Indiana (6’7″, 220) – Let’s get this straight, Rex is still the Bears starting QB (insert: Lovie Smith’s voice). Not only does Brandon Lloyd know it (classic), both Offensive Coordinator Ron Turner and Coach Lovie Smith know it, and so do you. Whether you like the starting QB for the Windy City or not, you have to be inspired by the excellent deep ball he throws and admit #8 has enough arm strength (ex. Berrian) to air it out on a consistent basis for six (not “pick” six). Therefore if you have the opportunity, acquire the 6-foot 7 inch Hooiser, who’s drawing comparisons to that of a Super Bowl Champion wideout named Plaxico Burress. Now you add “Plaxico Jr.” to the mix and you have an explosive skill set of difference makers that can ultimately receive the rock and get the job done. Hardy gives you that “vintage” deep threat, a legitimate red zone target (unstoppable), and he will draw defenders (Hester room to operate), leaving TE’s Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark open across the middle of the field. The IU star will surely make life better for Rex and all the other pass catchers around him. Just his presence alone will do wonders for the offense, while as a bonus he also brings his blocking ability/size to the outside, helping provide a lift in the run department.
Reason For WR Over RB/QB: You select Hardy in the 2nd round because he adds depth and the WR spot is atop RB/QB on the list of draft priorities. He can definitely produce by delivering instant impact as a 3rd down possession guy, moving the chains and prolonging drives. You can still find a good value QB later (Andre’ Woodson) and there’s not much difference between 2nd/3rd rounders Jamaal Charles/Tashard Choice and Chris Johnson/Matt Forte in terms of talent. Chicago has been in a constant search in effort to look for extra ammunition to provide a spark towards a sputtering offense, one that keeps holding the team back, and in Hardy you find a wide receiver than creates mismatches with his can’t-miss frame, while offering reliable hands and tremendous “hops”, giving the team a chance to thrive in tough 3rd down situations and to succeed in red zone opportunites.
Other Possible Candidates: Early Doucet, WR LSU, Jordy Nelson, WR Kansas St, Joe Flacco, QB Delaware, Jamaal Charles, RB Texas, Felix Jones, RB Arkansas, Kenny Phillips, S Miami, Kentwan Balmer, DT North Carolina, Sam Baker, OT USC, Gosder Cherilus, OT Boston College
3rd Round Agenda: Durable RB, Defensive Assurance @ Safety: 3rd Round, #70/#90