Draft Outlook – View From A Bears Fan:
(From BEARIZONA) Hey there “Bear Brethren”
Rising Up Draft Boards: I just want to cast my lot for Albert (Scouting Report) and say I think this guy is great! If our beloved Bears drafted him at 14 (even with with Otah and Williams on the board) I’d be just fine and here’s why…
Worst-Case Scenario: You end up with a solid prospect at guard who could start day one. Best-Case Scenario: You have a phenom All-Pro offensive lineman who can play multiple positions including right or left tackle, yet still enable us to secure an experienced tackle in the second round (ex. Baker, USC or Collins, Kansas). Therefore, we would shore up a good portion of our line for the next five years and give us at minimal, the same, if not better production – an improvement over last year’s debacle.
RB Alert: We would also still be able to select a productive back with our opening third round choice (ala: Tashard Choice, Kevin Smith, but maybe even Ray Rice or Jaamal Charles if they fall)
Wrap On Albert: As for Albert’s film and combine performance – both were good and still are good. Mike Mayock’s (NFL Network) NFL.com breakdown of this kid was great! When watching multiple highlights of this kid getting out not only on linebackers, but even out to the third level pancaking safeties, was just absolutely incredible! I think a good number of teams are coming around to realize and rightly so, that this kid has amazing potential!
How To Approach O-Line: As for Williams and Otah, I would agree with my “Bear Brethren” that both would fill a gaping hole, but neither are by any means a “slam dunk” to become a successful lineman in this leauge (I some times wake up at night in a cold sweat with flash backs that we are getting ready to redraft Stan Thomas from Texas). Both have serious deficiencies in some part of their game and will be exposed for awhile at the next level. At least Albert has demonstrated an overall well-roundness in his run blocking, pass blocking, athleticism, and overall size and strength.
Final Thought: I feel better about Albert or Mendenhall at 14 because their “ceilings” are both so SKY HIGH!