Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/28/13
1st Round (20th) Kyle Long OL Oregon- A long term selection, probably the best offensive linemen available for a team in dire need of help on the offensive line. This was a good pick for the future as despite his inexperience Long probably has a good chance of starting week one on the inside and has the tools to eventually be moved to left tackle if the team sees fit, though the team seems to have secured that role with the free agent addition of former Saint Jermon Bushrod. There could be some growing pains early on, but his physical tools alone will upgrade a miserable offensive line. Grade: C 2nd Round (50th) Jon Bostic ILB Florida- Another position of need for the Bears with the apparent parting of the ways between the Bears and future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, however the Bears will soon regret taking Bostic over Kansas State's Arthur Brown, who went six picks later to the Ravens to replace another future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, and who I view as the best interior linebacker in the draftGrade: D 4th Round (117th) Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers- An excellent value pick here, don't be surprised when Greene ends up being the better of the two linebackers drafted by Chicago. Look for Greene in the starting lineup for the Bears come week one, along with Pro Bowler Lance Briggs and either free agent signing D.J. Williams and second round pick Bostic. Grade: A- 5th Round (163rd) Jordan Mills OT Louisiana Tech- Another great value for the Bears getting this player who fills a position of need in the fifth round. Mills played the right side in college even though he was the best pass blocker on the team. With the free agent signing of Jermon Bushrod to play the left side, the team will probably focus most of Mills attention on the right side, providing competition at right tackle where Gabe Carimi, the teams first round pick in 2011 has thus far been a disappointment. If Carimi retains the job, Mills is a good enough pass blocker to be the number three offensive tackle, backing up both sides. Grade: B+ 6th Round (188th) Corneilius Washington OLB/DE Georgia- The Bears continued to get great value in the later round with this choice in round six. With the Bears sticking to a 4-3 base defense look for the 6'4 265 pound Washington to either move to defensive end full time or at the very least have his hand on the ground opposite Julius Peppers on passing downs. He should provide an immediate boost to the pass rush. Grade: B 7th Round (236th) Marquess Wilson WR Washington State- The Bears finished off their draft with another great value pick by taking the 6'3 194 pound Wilson in the 7th round. Wilson would have gone much higher had he not had character red flags after his early departure from the Washington State program after claims of mistreatment by the coaching staff. People seemed quick to point the finger at the player despite head coach Mike Leach's history of such complaints dating back to his Texas Tech days. Remember how the Buccaneers' Mike Williams left the Syracuse program early and as a result slipped in the draft only to prove to be one of the steals of 2010. Wilson has the ability to be a similar story, look for him to push Alshon Jeffery for playing time opposite superstar Brandon Marshall. Grade: B Notable Undrafted Free Agents: Josh Lenz WR Iowa State Michael Ford RB LSU PJ Longeren C LSU Demontre Hurst CB Oklahoma CJ Wilson CB North Carolina State: Ford was part of a running back by committee approach at LSU and therefore never had the chance to stand out as an individual, however he' has great speed and burst to go along with ideal NFL size for a running back, and a successful background on special teams. Look for Ford to make the roster behind the injury prone duo of Matt Forte and Michael Bush....Demontre Harris is undersized for an NFL corner, but he's an explosive athlete who's great coming up in run support and should excel on special teams, which is vital to the success of undrafted rookies. Josh Lenz lacks explosion, but he's well put together at 5'11 201 and has shown reliable hands, and the ability to break tackles in the open field and make things happen after the catch. PJ Lonergan lacks athleticism, but he has upper body strength and was a three year starter for an elite collegiate program at LSU. CJ Wilson has adequate size for an NFL corner at 5'11 193 along with outstanding speed (4.34 40) and leaping ability (37" vertical jump). He was overshadowed a bit at N.C. State with 2nd round pick David Amerson lined up opposite him at corner and he also had some disciplinary issues causing him to be suspended for the first four games of 2012. Summary- For the first time in years, Bears fans have a reason to be excited about their crop of first year players. Long and Mills could be long term answers on a terrible offensive line, they lose points for passing on Arthur Brown for Jon Bostic, but Khaseem Greene was a steal in round 4 and both he and Bostic will have a chance to crack the starting lineup as rookies, competing with free agent signee D.J. Williams and holdover J.T. Thomas. Washington and Wilson were great values in the sixth and seventh round respectively as well, Washington should contribute as a third down pass rusher from the start, similar to the way Mark Anderson did for the Bears as a late round choice years ago, and Wilson has second or third round ability.  Wilson slipped in the draft due to character concerns, but those red flags are subject to interpretation, some may actually see his leaving the program at Washington St as a sign of integrity, risking so much as a matter of principle, and it's not as if he's the first player to accuse head coach Mike Leach of not treating his players with respect. Either way, as long as he remains a good citizen, Wilson has the physical ability to push Alshon Jeffery for the starting job opposite Brandon Marshall sooner rather then later, and no matter who gets the starting nod, the Bears will have big trio of receivers that will be difficult for teams to match up against and help give the Bears the deep receiving crew that allows Devin Hester to focus on what he does best, returning punts and kickoffs.  Michael Ford was never allowed to start in Baton Rouge due to the back by committee system Les Miles employs, if he had been, there's little doubt he would have starred for the Bayou Bengals and likely been drafted in the mid to late rounds, if not earlier.  Ford was a great find as an undrafted rookie, he has plenty of miles left on his legs due to his under use at LSU, and has the size and speed combination to be a factor on special teams from the get-go, as well as produce if and when called upon to carry the football. Overall Draft Grade- B+
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