As first reported on the www.cbfans.info message board, by someone who knows someone who was at Chili’s in Little Rock earlier this week (funny), it is now confirmed that Lovie Smith and other Bears’ brass have met with Arkansas running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.
No way do I see McFadden slipping to the Bears’ 14th pick. Now that Adrian Peterson exorcised the 2005 running back curse, when Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson and Cadillac Williams were selected high and have yet to play to their expectations, teams will be back on the bandwagon of using high first-round picks on running backs.
If McFadden for some reason dropped all the way to the Bears at 14, they couldn’t pass on him in a million years in my opinion. But I don’t think it will happen, and the facts still prove that sixth-round picks such as Terrell Davis or undrafted players such as Willie Parker can outplay the overpaid, spoiled underachievers like Cedric Benson.
Next update next week.