Draft Grades – Chicago Bears
I’m going to be looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’ll also be examining overall positional value and strategy. It goes without saying that there’s an informational gap between what the teams have at their disposal and what I have. On the other hand, the great thing about being an outsider is that the informational gap often runs the other direction as well.
No. 16 Chicago Bears Grade: C
Chicago’s questionable offseason acquisition of Jermon Bushrod puts them in a position where they’ll continue to be below average at LT and must compensate at other positions along the line. Kyle Long may have kicked his off-field concerns but doesn’t represent good positional value either way. Even if you believe in need-based drafting – and there are excellent arguments in its favor – you might draw the line at a first round guard with questions attached to his name.
Jon Bostic will have to beat out D.J. Williams for the coveted middle linebacker spot but could soon be an IDP dynamo as the replacement for Brian Urlacher. He lit up the Combine with a 4.61 forty and 11.23 Agility Score. He’s unlikely to make the same impact as Bobby Wagner, but those needing an injection of talent at their LB3 can hope.
If you’ve been reading RotoViz, you probably know NFL folks overrate the efficiency provided by small receivers and underrate the per play value of bigger ones. I love what the Bears did last year in pairing Alshon Jeffery with Brandon Marshall. Adding Marquess Wilson with one of the draft’s final picks offers a decent amount of upside and costs almost nothing if he proves to be a quitter. Wilson gives them another receiver with good height and a decent track record of production. His lightning quick 6.65 in the 3-cone speaks to possibly underrated athleticism.