After those three Jerry Angelo drafts, it’s easy to see why so many people celebrated his departure as Bears’ general manager. In came Phil Emery, who many thought was just a “yes-man” to Ted Phillips, Lovie Smith and the McCaskey family. However, Emery has proven himself to be an extremely bright, articulate man. He knows the needs of the Chicago Bears when he sees them. Unfortunately, I think he wishes he could re-do his first ever draft, despite drafting two starting-caliber players.
1 (19). Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Actual Pick: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
—When Phil Emery made Shea McClellin his first ever first round pick as Bears’ general manager, I was rather pissed. McClellin had always displayed terrific athleticism and speed, but he never played anywhere other than outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. I have been proven correct, as McClellin’s reign as a potential franchise defensive end has ended. He will now attempt to play outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense, something he has never done, either. I wouldn’t be surprised if McClellin isn’t with the Bears at this time next year. In New England, Chandler Jones has been a good player. In his first two years, he has 17.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. One could never know if a player’s game would translate to another team; maybe he had a coach there and something just clicked, but I would take my chances with him over McClellin.
2 (45). Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Actual Pick: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
—This will probably go down as one of the best picks of the 2012 draft by any team. Just think: the Jets traded up to pick before the Bears, and they took Stephen Hill. The 49ers used their first round pick on A.J. Jenkins. The Rams used their second round pick to take Brian Quick. Those three wideouts have 81 career receptions total, while Jeffery had 89 last year alone. Hell, even Miami picked before Chicago, and they chose Jonathan Martin, which has done wonders for that organization.
3 (79). T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International
Actual Pick: Brandon Hardin, CB, Oregon State
—Brandon Hardin was a mistake of a selection from the start. Hardin was an injury prone player at Oregon State and not very good when healthy. Hardin lasted just two seasons in Chicago, both of which were injury riddled years. T.Y. Hilton somehow fell this far, but he has turned out to be a good receiver in Indianapolis and Andrew Luck’s favorite target. Hilton has 132 catches and 12 touchdowns in two seasons with the Colts.
4 (111). Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic
Actual Pick: Evan Rodriguez, HB, Temple
—Evan Rodriguez seemingly loved alcohol more than football. When he was on the field, he did nothing. Off the field, he loved to have too much fun. He was released by Chicago, and he then lasted less than three months with the Dolphins. Alfred Morris is probably a product of the Mike Shanahan offense, but he would have given the Bears much more than what Rodriguez gave them.
6 (184). Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky
Actual Pick: Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada
—Isaiah Frey hasn’t been a bad pick. Any time a general manager can find a contributing player in round six, it’s a positive. Frey isn’t a great player by any stretch, but he filled in nicely for Kelvin Hayden last season. However, Danny Trevathan is a terror for the Broncos’ defense. In two seasons, he has already intercepted three passes, recovered three fumbles and made 162 tackles. Emery has made it known that he likes SEC players, so I’m rather surprised that he didn’t take a longer look at Trevathan at some point during this draft.
7 (220). Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian
Actual Pick: Greg McCoy, CB, TCU
—Greg McCoy has done nothing in his career. He didn’t even make it to September in the year he was drafted for the Bears. A few weeks later, he signed with Arizona. He was then released, signed by Minnesota, and then released by them. Daryl Richardson isn’t a spectacular running back, but he has averaged 4.1 yards per carry in his career for the Rams. He would be a decent back-up to Matt Forte, and the Bears do need another running back currently.
–Brian Ociepka (@bjociepka1 on twitter)
On Tuesday, I will post my 2014 full 7-round Bears’ mock draft.