3rd Round Pick: Little Will Soar To The Rescue Of Jay Cutler
Round 1, #29: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas: Jeffrey Martin of the Houston Chronicle writes, “As a safety, where his 6-foot, 204-pound frame is a plus, he is considered a crown jewel.” The Longhorn ran a 4.55 forty at the combine and a 4.44 at Pro Day. He can play both corner back and safety. “Whatever is going to contribute to the team,” Williams told the Chronicle. “I don’t see myself playing safety, but whatever team picks [me] up, and if they say, ‘Hey, we’re going to need you to play free safety,’ I’m locked in and ready to go.” “I believe he can play safety,” NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang told the Chronicle. “Either way he has a chance to be a force. I think he’d fit in a press-coverage scheme as a corner, or drop and make him a free safety. I like his open-field tackling, size and versatility.” How about this for his position: Playmaker. Alternate Option: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh.
Round 2, #62: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina: “I went from being one of the top players and prospects in the nation to being a guy who’s not even talked about,” Austin said. “And it was a tough situation having to sit back and watch all the other linemen and not be able to do anything. It made you put things in perspective a lot more.” “Everything was a learning experience,” Austin said. They sent coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to get to know him better. Southeast area scout Mark Sadowski has done extensive work on him. “We’re not looking for halo players,” Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. “We’re in a business to win football games. But we have to know what’s underneath the hood. He’s a great player, but there were concerns. We’re satisfied we know them.” I hope he falls to us here. And, I wouldn’t mind taking him in the first. Time to roll the dice, Mr. Angelo! Alternate Option: Will Rackley, OT/G, Lehigh
Round 3, #93: Greg Little, WR, North Carolina: I either want Jonathan Baldwin (Pittsburgh) or Little. With the Carolina receiver, he provides more value, granted, if he’s there – at pick #93 in the third round. Little plays big; at 6-3, 231, he’s a big-play threat and a big-time blocker. Finally, a big receiver who can make the big play. Tom Hanks-like: BIG! Alternate Option: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU or Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida
Round 4, #127: Jason Pinkston, OT/G, Pittsburgh: Everyone knows we need more talent on the offensive line. At 6-3, 317, Pinkston fits the bill. Mike Tice is a happy camper. Alternate Option: Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
Round 5, #160: Buster Skrine, CB, UT-Chattanooga: Terrell Owens’ alma mater. Skrine ran a blazing 4.29, 40-yard dash. Can never have enough defensive backs if you’re are the Bears playing in the NFC North. Alternate Option: Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU
Round 6, #195: Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut: Chester Taylor isn’t cutting it. Todman would be a flat-out steal in the sixth round according to some draftniks. Solid selection helps our 3rd-down conversion rate. Alternate Option: Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina