Last time Bears drafted Big-Ten DL in 1st round: 2003, 14th pick, Michael Haynes, Penn State
Remember Alonzo Spellman? 22nd pick from Ohio State, in ’92. Could a Purdue defensive lineman be in the cards at 29? Tommie Harris was the last defensive lineman the team selected in the first round. The last time the team had the 29th pick, they drafted an offensive lineman; Marc Colombo, Boston College.
Charlie Casserly, a well-respected voice, makes a case for the Bears selecting a defensive lineman first over an offensive lineman:
“As much as the critics will argue they need an offensive lineman I’m not sure that’s something that’s at the top of their list,” the former executive for the Redskins and Texans said Wednesday. “You might see a good defensive player fall to them, whether it’s a guy like [Purdue defensive end Ryan} Kerrigan as an outside pass rusher, maybe somebody along those lines.”
Could the offensive linemen available at 29 be close talent-wise, making no big difference who’s there?
“Those offensive tackles are so grouped together I’m not so sure that whoever you get — if you’ve got three or four of them there together — the fourth guy might be as good as the first guy in three or four years,” he said. “You can just throw them all in a hat.”
Corey Liuget, Illinois DT, would be the ideal pick; however, is he going to fall all the way to the end of the 1st round?
“Corey Liuget from Illinois is a terrific player,” Casserly said. “Maybe he’s a guy that slips down there. Doubtful, but maybe he would. It would be a heck of a pick for them if he drops that far but I don’t think he’ll make it.”
Every expert seems to link the Bears to an offensive lineman with their first round pick. At 29, many so-called pundits and gurus have the Windy City addressing Jay Cutler’s protection over the defensive line. Would defensive tackle be a better route to travel in the 1st round if you’re looking for quality, along with need? Could you get a solid OL in the 2nd round, as opposed to a legit DT in round two? Guys like Marvin Austin (UNC) and Drake Nevis (LSU) could be had with Chicago’s second choice, the 62nd selection in the draft. How should the team approach the draft? What are the top five needs? Somewhere, another RB and WR has to be in the mix, right?
- Defensive Tackle
- Wide Receiver
- Offensive Tackle/Guard
- Running Back