Catching up on the Chicago Bears’ activities in rounds two through four of the 2012 NFL Draft:
The second and third rounds of the draft were gambling picks for the Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune. In the second they took 6’3″, boom or bust receiver Alshon Jeffery from South Carolina. In the third, they picked Safety Brandon Hardin from Oregon State.
Jeffery was projected as a top-ten overall pick following the 2010 season, but his production fell off and his weight ballooned in 2011. His size will give the Bears the biggest WR corps since the late 1990′s with Marcus Robinson, Macey Brooks, etc.
Hardin missed all of 2011 with a shoulder injury as a converted cornerback. It is the third straight year the Bears have selected a safety in the third round.
In the fourth round Chicago selected Evan Rodriguez of Temple. Rodriguez is listed in separate places as a fullback or tight end. Some call him a “poor man’s Aaron Hernandez” (Patriot tight end).
Having traded up in the second round to take Jeffery, the Bears do not have a fifth round pick. They will select players in the sixth and seventh rounds later today.