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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: The Tavon Austin Mock Offseason Reply with quote

Re-signings [14.4 million spent]

DT Henry Melton 5 years 37.5 million/20 guaranteed

The Bears drafted a player in the 4th round that has turned into a Pro Bowl player and a dynamic interior pass rusher and he must be re-signed. This deal puts him in the top 10 of DTs and should allow the Bears to keep him happy while not breaking the bank.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 4 million guaranteed [5]
Year 2: 3 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [8] Peppers Gone
Year 3: 4 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [9] Cap Projected to Increase
Year 4: 4 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [9]
Year 5: 5.5 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [6.5] Restructure Space with Low Bonus

OG Lance Louis 4 years 12 million/4 guaranteed

This deal is similar to the one signed by Kraig Ubrik in Buffalo and the Bears protect themselves with a lower guarantee and the language of the contract. If healthy Louis can still make his money and if injured still the Bears can get out with paying him the 1 year total and allowing him to move on. The heavy back load gives the Bears options.

Year 1: 1 million salary [1]
Year 2: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 3 million salary/ [3]

LB Brian Urlacher 2 years 6 million/4 guaranteed/4 incentives

Urlacher comes back for 2 years on a team friendly incentive deal and is allowed to retire a Bear and get his Ray Lewis send off and he can still earn 5 and 6 million respectively if he can lead the defense for 80% of snaps. If he cannot the Bears can move on and he will only cost 2 million in dead space.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed/1 million [50% of snaps], 1 million [80% of snaps] [3]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed/1 million [50% of snaps], 1 million [80% of snaps] [3]

LB Nick Roach 3 years 8 million/3 guaranteed

He is a versatile back up who can start at SLB and back up all 3 positions. He has always produced for this defense and deserves to be back.

Year 1: 1 million salary [1]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [3]
Year 3: 3 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [4] Probably Released

CB Kelvin Hayden 2 years 4 million/2 guaranteed

The nickle back and primary back up is important in this defense and while the days of Hayden being a long term starter are over I think he fits in this defense, likes the city and will give the Bears a reasonable deal to stick around.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [2]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [2]

OT John Scott 1 year 1 million/500K guaranteed [1]

He played pretty well at RT and he looks like a nice potential swing OT and back up.

RB Armando Allen RFA Tender [700K]

He has the speed and hands that Trestman likes as a potential compliment to the much bigger Bush and Forte and he was good on special teams.

DT Nate Colins RFA Tender [700K]

This is a steal for a guy with as much potenital as Collins who flashed last season. The Bears let Okoye go to bring him back in.

Cuts [3.8 million saved]

WR Devin Hester [1.8 million]

Angelo built Hester into something he could not be leaving him bitter and emotional and the fans resentful that they did not get their sprinkles and twiests. Hester has not developed as WR and he is declining as a kick returner. On top of on field decline he has become poutty and emotional and he clearly needs a fresh start. I try to trade him but then I move on.

TE Kellen Davis [2 million]

This explanation is easy to write as Davis is terrible at everything, he was a Lovie guy and the Bears can cut him and get 2 million dollars back.

Restructure and Extend [8.5 million saved]

WR Brandon Marshall [6 million saved]

Original Deal: 2 year 18 million
New Deal: 4 years 44 million/30 guaranteed [11 million a season like other top WRs]
Total Contract: 6 years 62 million/30 guaranteed [44 million in new money, 30 million in new guarantees]

Year 1 Original Deal [2013]: 1 million salary/2 guaranteed [3]
Year 2 Original Deal [2014]: 5 million salary/4 million guaranteed [9]
Year 3: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 4: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 5: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 6: 9 million salary/ 3 million guaranteed [12] Probably Released, also low bonus space for restructuring.

CB Charles Tillman [5 million saved]

Original Deal: 1 year 8 million
New Money: 3 years 21 million/15 guaranteed [7.25 average salary]
Total Contract 4 years 29 million/15 guaranteed

Year 1 Original Deal [2013]: 1 million salary/2 guaranteed [3]
Year 2: 3 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [8]
Year 3: 4 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [9]
Year 4: 6 million salary/ 3 million guaranteed [9] Can be cut for a 5 million savings.

DE Cory Wootton [-2.5]

I am extending Wootton on a modest 3 year extension that allows the Bears to use some cap space this season and gives him a pay bump that protects him if he gets hurt.

Original Deal: 1 year 1.5 million
New Money: 3 years 14.5 million/8 guaranteed
Total Contract: 4 years 16 million/8 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million salary/3 million guaranteed [4]
Year 2: 2 million salary/2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 2 million salary/2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 3 million salary/1 million guaranteed [4]

Free Agents [7 million spent]

OT Jermon Bushrod [New Orleans] 5 years 27.5 million/14 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million salary/2 million guaranteed [3]
Year 2: 2 million salary/ 4 million guaranteed [6]
Year 3: 2.5 million salary/ 4 million guaranteed [6.5]
Year 4: 3 million salary/3 million guaranteed [6]
Year 5: 5 million salary/1 million guaranteed [6] Possible Cut/Restructure Room

The Bears can make significant upgrades to their OL without having to invest in a premiere free agent. Bushrod is not an elite OT despite being to a couple of Pro Bowls. What Bushrod is, is an upgrade over Webb who will allow the Bears to move Webb to RT where he is an upgrade over Carmi/Scott in essence improving 2 positions. Bushrod is also well known by this coaching staff which lowers the risks involved and could even move inside to OG if the Bears are fortunate enough to have a LT fall to them in the draft.

He is not an elite player, but he is a solid, competent starter and he makes the line better.



OG Matt Slauson [NY Jets] 4 years 14 million/5 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million salary/2 million guaranteed [3]
Year 2: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 3 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 3 million salary Possible Cut/Restructure Room

Slauson like Bushrod is not an elite player at OG, but he is a solid NFL starter who can provide a clear upgrade at LG. Slauson has the size [6'5" 320lbs] that the Bears are looking for and is an above average pass blocker allowing 0 sacks in 14 starts last season. If the Bears draft an OG early Slauson will back up at OG, get work at C and cover the Bears if Louis is injured. He is not making so much that he cannot be a great depth player since depth has killed the Bears OL.



QB Kellen Clemens [St. Louis] 2 years 2 million/1 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million guaranteed [1]
Year 2: 1 million salary [1]

The Bears need a cheaper back up option than Jason Campbell and Clemens is a smart player that has started games in the league.



Draft

1[20] WR Tavon Austin [West Virgnia] 5'8" 175lbs.

Austin does not play OL, nor does he play TE or LB, but what he does is create mismatches, attack defenses from different places and provide Randall Cobb type versatility to the offense. Austin can play a Wes Welker type role in the slot and can line up in the backfield for swing passes and screens. Austin might not have ideal size, but what he has is world class speed [4.34 official/4.25 unofficial] and an ability to score from anywhere on the field. He is the missing speed element when Jeffery and Marshall are on the outside. Phil Emery wants to attack the middle of the field and Marc Trestman loves mismatches and to have weapons you can out scheme opposing defense with.



*Trade* The Chicago Bears trade 2[50] to the Jacksonville Jaguars for 3[64] and 4[106] and a 7th in 2014.

The Bears do not draft a serious need in the 1st, so they move down to add youth and depth to a number of positions.


3[64] C Brian Schwenke [Cal] 6'3" 314lbs.

With LG upgraded with solid, competent starting veterans the Bears can move and address the C position. Schwenke has had a magnificent offseason. At the Senior Bowl he was dominant and really flashed in the pass 1 on 1s. At the combine he showed great athletic ability, and hair, and while he may not be valued higher than the 3rd round I think he can come in and start week 1 or at a minimum compete with Garza who has really fallen off the last year.



4. LB Jon Bostic [Florida] 6'1" 242lbs.

An intense and fiery leader that can come in and learn from Brian Urlacher for a year and develop into the long term starter at MLB. Bostic has a nice blend of athletic ability and brains and he has had a great career in the SEC.



4. TE Nick Kasa [Colorado] 6'6" 260lbs.

With Marshall, Jeffery, Austin and Bennett the Bears do not need an elite TE they need someone with balance that can catch the 5-7 passes thrown to them a game and provide something as a blocker. Kasa has elite physical tools and with oly 2 years at the position he has a ton of room to grow and develop. As a former DE he has the mentaility and physical build to be a great blocker.



5. DE Malliciah Goodman [Clemson] 6'3" 270lbs.

I do not believe that Julius Peppers will be on the team in 2014 and while the Bears have there long terms starters on the team in Wootton and McClellin they need to start to develop their rotation for when Peppers leaves. Goodman can be the 4th DE in 2013 and get some development time. Goodman is a raw player right now with great phsysical skills that needs time developing.



6. CB Sheldon Price [UCLA] 6'2" 200lbs.

More youth for the defense as Price brings the physical skills that we need at CB and he will get time to develop while contributing to special teams.



Depth Chart

QB: Cutler, Clemens
RB: Forte, Bush, Allen
WR: Marshall, Jeffery, Austin, Bennett, Weems, Anderson
TE: Rodriguez, Kasa, Spaeth
LT: Bushrod
LG: Slauson, Brown [PR]
C: Schwenke, Garza
RG: Louis, Carimi
RT: Webb, Scott

RE: Peppers, McClellin
DT: Melton, Collins
NT: Paea, Toenia
LE: Wootton, Goodman
SLB: Roach, Costanzo, Trahan
MLB: Urlacher, Bostic
WLB: Briggs, Thomas
CB: Tillman, Jennings, Hayden, Price, Frey, McManis
SS: Wright, Steltz
FS: Conte, Hardin, Walter
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Failing to see how the team will have the luxury of spending a first round pick on an undersized (but explosive...I know) WR when there are so many other ways they can and should go with that pick. I think Austin is a good prospect and will be a good player in the NFL but I'm not liking that projection in the 1st round for the Bears.

The rest of the draft looks pretty good. I like Schwenke but I doubt he makes it to the 3rd.

I think the Bears need to add some good youth to their o-line. Slauson is just average to me. I'd rather them draft and develop.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel the same way about Austin. I would love to add him to our offense, but I'd rather go for the best available OL or TE at that point. Maybe LB.
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I mean would it surprise anyone if Phil got Austin? It really depends on our free agency.
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GOGRIESE wrote:
I mean would it surprise anyone if Phil got Austin? It really depends on our free agency.


That's true, all of this hinges on free agency. This FA class offers multiple people at every position of need for the Bears who could be a fit.
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CBears019 wrote:
GOGRIESE wrote:
I mean would it surprise anyone if Phil got Austin? It really depends on our free agency.


That's true, all of this hinges on free agency. This FA class offers multiple people at every position of need for the Bears who could be a fit.


I mean if we go OL and TE in free agency that makes this scenario very plausible. We'll find out what Phil thinks of Ogletree then Im sure.

But I wouldnt moan or groan if we picked up Austin. Another play maker for Cutler that can score anytime he gets his hands on the ball? Sign me up.
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I really don't think Tavon Austin is anywhere near the best pick available at #20. It seems like it was only last week that we were slotting him as our #50 pick. I just can't see Emery reaching like that when it doesn't even fill a particularly glaring need for us anyway.
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Landru wrote:
I really don't think Tavon Austin is anywhere near the best pick available at #20. It seems like it was only last week that we were slotting him as our #50 pick. I just can't see Emery reaching like that when it doesn't even fill a particularly glaring need for us anyway.



I think that says more about us that it does of what his real value is.
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Mudderfudder77 wrote:
Landru wrote:
I really don't think Tavon Austin is anywhere near the best pick available at #20. It seems like it was only last week that we were slotting him as our #50 pick. I just can't see Emery reaching like that when it doesn't even fill a particularly glaring need for us anyway.



I think that says more about us that it does of what his real value is.

I think it speaks to him now being overvalued solely because he ran really really fast versus just really fast. I don't see Austin as being anywhere in the top 32 players in this draft, let alone top 20.
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I am not advocating we draft him, just trying the idea on.

I think it is a luxury pick and I think the reason that Welker is really good is that Brady never gets hit and can stand in.

Austin is going to be a 1st round pick.

I just hope we take someone on the line because of the incredible talent that seems to be there on the OL.
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I get people's infatuation with Tavon Ausin, he's a flashy player and ran very fast at the combine. He ran circles around people at the college level and that game against Baylor was one of the most exciting games I've ever seen. However, the transition to the nfl takes a while for WR. There are exceptions though. We have more important needs than picking Austin in the first round. I just don't see emery pulling the trigger for him in round 1.
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SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
I get people's infatuation with Tavon Ausin, he's a flashy player and ran very fast at the combine. He ran circles around people at the college level and that game against Baylor was one of the most exciting games I've ever seen. However, the transition to the nfl takes a while for WR. There are exceptions though. We have more important needs than picking Austin in the first round. I just don't see emery pulling the trigger for him in round 1.



I think one of the differences with Austin is that even if the transition at WR takes awhile (which isn't necessarily true as much anymore) he gives you immediate value as a returner.
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WindyCity wrote:
Re-signings [14.4 million spent]

DT Henry Melton 5 years 37.5 million/20 guaranteed

The Bears drafted a player in the 4th round that has turned into a Pro Bowl player and a dynamic interior pass rusher and he must be re-signed. This deal puts him in the top 10 of DTs and should allow the Bears to keep him happy while not breaking the bank.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 4 million guaranteed [5]
Year 2: 3 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [8] Peppers Gone
Year 3: 4 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [9] Cap Projected to Increase
Year 4: 4 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [9]
Year 5: 5.5 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [6.5] Restructure Space with Low Bonus

OG Lance Louis 4 years 12 million/4 guaranteed

This deal is similar to the one signed by Kraig Ubrik in Buffalo and the Bears protect themselves with a lower guarantee and the language of the contract. If healthy Louis can still make his money and if injured still the Bears can get out with paying him the 1 year total and allowing him to move on. The heavy back load gives the Bears options.

Year 1: 1 million salary [1] This will never fly.
Year 2: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 3 million salary/ [3]

LB Brian Urlacher 2 years 6 million/4 guaranteed/4 incentives

Urlacher comes back for 2 years on a team friendly incentive deal and is allowed to retire a Bear and get his Ray Lewis send off and he can still earn 5 and 6 million respectively if he can lead the defense for 80% of snaps. If he cannot the Bears can move on and he will only cost 2 million in dead space.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed/1 million [50% of snaps], 1 million [80% of snaps] [3]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed/1 million [50% of snaps], 1 million [80% of snaps] [3]

LB Nick Roach 3 years 8 million/3 guaranteed

He is a versatile back up who can start at SLB and back up all 3 positions. He has always produced for this defense and deserves to be back.

Year 1: 1 million salary [1]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [3]
Year 3: 3 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [4] Probably Released

CB Kelvin Hayden 2 years 4 million/2 guaranteed

The nickle back and primary back up is important in this defense and while the days of Hayden being a long term starter are over I think he fits in this defense, likes the city and will give the Bears a reasonable deal to stick around.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [2]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [2]

OT John Scott 1 year 1 million/500K guaranteed [1]

He played pretty well at RT and he looks like a nice potential swing OT and back up.

RB Armando Allen RFA Tender [700K]

He has the speed and hands that Trestman likes as a potential compliment to the much bigger Bush and Forte and he was good on special teams.

DT Nate Colins RFA Tender [700K]

This is a steal for a guy with as much potenital as Collins who flashed last season. The Bears let Okoye go to bring him back in.

Cuts [3.8 million saved]

WR Devin Hester [1.8 million]

Angelo built Hester into something he could not be leaving him bitter and emotional and the fans resentful that they did not get their sprinkles and twiests. Hester has not developed as WR and he is declining as a kick returner. On top of on field decline he has become poutty and emotional and he clearly needs a fresh start. I try to trade him but then I move on. Angelo did nothing of the sort.

TE Kellen Davis [2 million]

This explanation is easy to write as Davis is terrible at everything, he was a Lovie guy and the Bears can cut him and get 2 million dollars back.

Restructure and Extend [8.5 million saved]

WR Brandon Marshall [6 million saved]

Original Deal: 2 year 18 million
New Deal: 4 years 44 million/30 guaranteed [11 million a season like other top WRs]
Total Contract: 6 years 62 million/30 guaranteed [44 million in new money, 30 million in new guarantees]

Year 1 Original Deal [2013]: 1 million salary/2 guaranteed [3]
Year 2 Original Deal [2014]: 5 million salary/4 million guaranteed [9]
Year 3: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 4: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 5: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 6: 9 million salary/ 3 million guaranteed [12] Probably Released, also low bonus space for restructuring.

CB Charles Tillman [5 million saved]

Original Deal: 1 year 8 million
New Money: 3 years 21 million/15 guaranteed [7.25 average salary]
Total Contract 4 years 29 million/15 guaranteed

Year 1 Original Deal [2013]: 1 million salary/2 guaranteed [3]
Year 2: 3 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [8]
Year 3: 4 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [9]
Year 4: 6 million salary/ 3 million guaranteed [9] Can be cut for a 5 million savings.

DE Cory Wootton [-2.5]

I am extending Wootton on a modest 3 year extension that allows the Bears to use some cap space this season and gives him a pay bump that protects him if he gets hurt.

Original Deal: 1 year 1.5 million
New Money: 3 years 14.5 million/8 guaranteed
Total Contract: 4 years 16 million/8 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million salary/3 million guaranteed [4]
Year 2: 2 million salary/2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 2 million salary/2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 3 million salary/1 million guaranteed [4]

Free Agents [7 million spent]

OT Jermon Bushrod [New Orleans] 5 years 27.5 million/14 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million salary/2 million guaranteed [3]
Year 2: 2 million salary/ 4 million guaranteed [6]
Year 3: 2.5 million salary/ 4 million guaranteed [6.5]
Year 4: 3 million salary/3 million guaranteed [6]
Year 5: 5 million salary/1 million guaranteed [6] Possible Cut/Restructure Room

The Bears can make significant upgrades to their OL without having to invest in a premiere free agent. Bushrod is not an elite OT despite being to a couple of Pro Bowls. What Bushrod is, is an upgrade over Webb who will allow the Bears to move Webb to RT where he is an upgrade over Carmi/Scott in essence improving 2 positions. Bushrod is also well known by this coaching staff which lowers the risks involved and could even move inside to OG if the Bears are fortunate enough to have a LT fall to them in the draft.

He is not an elite player, but he is a solid, competent starter and he makes the line better.



OG Matt Slauson [NY Jets] 4 years 14 million/5 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million salary/2 million guaranteed [3]
Year 2: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 3 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 3 million salary Possible Cut/Restructure Room

Slauson like Bushrod is not an elite player at OG, but he is a solid NFL starter who can provide a clear upgrade at LG. Slauson has the size [6'5" 320lbs] that the Bears are looking for and is an above average pass blocker allowing 0 sacks in 14 starts last season. If the Bears draft an OG early Slauson will back up at OG, get work at C and cover the Bears if Louis is injured. He is not making so much that he cannot be a great depth player since depth has killed the Bears OL.



QB Kellen Clemens [St. Louis] 2 years 2 million/1 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million guaranteed [1]
Year 2: 1 million salary [1]

The Bears need a cheaper back up option than Jason Campbell and Clemens is a smart player that has started games in the league.



Draft

1[20] WR Tavon Austin [West Virgnia] 5'8" 175lbs.

Austin does not play OL, nor does he play TE or LB, but what he does is create mismatches, attack defenses from different places and provide Randall Cobb type versatility to the offense. Austin can play a Wes Welker type role in the slot and can line up in the backfield for swing passes and screens. Austin might not have ideal size, but what he has is world class speed [4.34 official/4.25 unofficial] and an ability to score from anywhere on the field. He is the missing speed element when Jeffery and Marshall are on the outside. Phil Emery wants to attack the middle of the field and Marc Trestman loves mismatches and to have weapons you can out scheme opposing defense with. Neither Cobb nor Welker were drafted in the first round that is why they were great bargains. It is rare that anyone Austin's size is drafted in the first and there is a good reason for that. No way would I take him at 20.



*Trade* The Chicago Bears trade 2[50] to the Jacksonville Jaguars for 3[64] and 4[106] and a 7th in 2014.

The Bears do not draft a serious need in the 1st, so they move down to add youth and depth to a number of positions.


3[64] C Brian Schwenke [Cal] 6'3" 314lbs.

With LG upgraded with solid, competent starting veterans the Bears can move and address the C position. Schwenke has had a magnificent offseason. At the Senior Bowl he was dominant and really flashed in the pass 1 on 1s. At the combine he showed great athletic ability, and hair, and while he may not be valued higher than the 3rd round I think he can come in and start week 1 or at a minimum compete with Garza who has really fallen off the last year. Schwenke has been very impressive so much so that I doubt he lasts till the 3d.



4. LB Jon Bostic [Florida] 6'1" 242lbs.

An intense and fiery leader that can come in and learn from Brian Urlacher for a year and develop into the long term starter at MLB. Bostic has a nice blend of athletic ability and brains and he has had a great career in the SEC.
You really think he will last till the fourth?



4. TE Nick Kasa [Colorado] 6'6" 260lbs.

With Marshall, Jeffery, Austin and Bennett the Bears do not need an elite TE they need someone with balance that can catch the 5-7 passes thrown to them a game and provide something as a blocker. Kasa has elite physical tools and with oly 2 years at the position he has a ton of room to grow and develop. As a former DE he has the mentaility and physical build to be a great blocker. I have been eying this guy. This is where I start to look at TEs.



5. DE Malliciah Goodman [Clemson] 6'3" 270lbs.

I do not believe that Julius Peppers will be on the team in 2014 and while the Bears have there long terms starters on the team in Wootton and McClellin they need to start to develop their rotation for when Peppers leaves. Goodman can be the 4th DE in 2013 and get some development time. Goodman is a raw player right now with great phsysical skills that needs time developing.



6. CB Sheldon Price [UCLA] 6'2" 200lbs.

More youth for the defense as Price brings the physical skills that we need at CB and he will get time to develop while contributing to special teams. Fine by me.



Depth Chart

QB: Cutler, Clemens
RB: Forte, Bush, Allen
WR: Marshall, Jeffery, Austin, Bennett, Weems, Anderson
TE: Rodriguez, Kasa, Spaeth
LT: Bushrod
LG: Slauson, Brown [PR]
C: Schwenke, Garza
RG: Louis, Carimi
RT: Webb, Scott

RE: Peppers, McClellin
DT: Melton, Collins
NT: Paea, Toenia
LE: Wootton, Goodman
SLB: Roach, Costanzo, Trahan
MLB: Urlacher, Bostic
WLB: Briggs, Thomas
CB: Tillman, Jennings, Hayden, Price, Frey, McManis
SS: Wright, Steltz
FS: Conte, Hardin, Walter
I do not believe any agents will go along with the years of no guarantee for a couple of signings so that won't fly.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GOGRIESE wrote:
I mean would it surprise anyone if Phil got Austin? It really depends on our free agency.
At 20 it would floor me. I don't see him taking anyone but a big man there.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mudderfudder77 wrote:
SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
I get people's infatuation with Tavon Ausin, he's a flashy player and ran very fast at the combine. He ran circles around people at the college level and that game against Baylor was one of the most exciting games I've ever seen. However, the transition to the nfl takes a while for WR. There are exceptions though. We have more important needs than picking Austin in the first round. I just don't see emery pulling the trigger for him in round 1.



I think one of the differences with Austin is that even if the transition at WR takes awhile (which isn't necessarily true as much anymore) he gives you immediate value as a returner.
But not 20th pick value.
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