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Sugashane


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:29 am    Post subject: A Quick Pre-Draft Mock Reply with quote

I will state I have an extra 3rd round pick that I would have, as I said repeatedly I would never just let Jeffrey walk without compensation. For all intents and purposes, I am assuming I traded him for a 3rd rounder, somewhere between 10-20. I believe there would have been a bigger market, specifically with PHI or TEN that I believe could have been had for more than a middle 3rd rounder. We might have been able to even at least move up by trading a pick with him, but I will be conservative and say a 3rd.

Trade - The Bears trade for Trumaine Johnson.

Bears get
- CB Trumaine Johnson
*** Word is that the Rams want a second, but they will get nothing but a 3rd at most if he walks after this season, which would be after the 32nd pick. Here they get can two in the same round but earlier (assuming he gets signed long-term), get a body to look at for the long term.

Rams get
- 2017 3rd (second in round)
- Fuller
- Conditional 2018 pick (if signed long term they get a 3rd round, if he meets performance goals it gets bumped to a 2nd)


Cuts
WR - Royal
He offers nothing but a role as a returner, and chances are he couldn’t stay healthy even if that was the only time he saw the field.

CB - Porter
He was playing so slow last year, I am not sure he can bounce back. His injuries might have derailed him, but even before them he was bouncing between fantastic games to ridiculously poor games, with few simply in the middle. We go younger and drive for consistency.




Draft
1(3) - Mitch Trubuisky - QB
This is a QB-driven league, period. There can be high end talents come and go in gree agency year in and year out, but that is rarely ever going to be a QB. That is for good reason. Glennon is a solid back up, but is not a starter. His 3rd down completion percentage was terrible, and sitting and watching Winston likely has done little to help. You can learn all you want, if you lack the talent you will never be a special player in the NFL. Trubisky has solid physical tools and touch, his biggest knock is the lack of snaps under the center and using a lot of RPO. So to compensate, when he supplants Glennon out, he gets to utilize more RPO and will get a mix of shotgun/pistol. If he needs to use shotgun a lot, so what? In 2014, 26 different teams used Shotgun over 50 percent of the time. Trubisky has great touch on a lot of his throws (especially intermediate) and while he has a lack of experience, that means the few bad habits he has are not reinforced either. He will be able to be formed and take on more in a manner like Russell Wilson did.

2 - Quincy Wilson - CB
He is still my favorite CB in the draft. He is well known for his blue-coller mentality and does well in man and zone coverage. He allowed less than 40 percent of passes thrown against him, and looks forward to chalenges against the top WR. He has been flipped from RCB to LCB to follow a man, and while VHIII and Tabor were starting he was fantastic at NB, matching up with anyone from speedy slot WRs to athletic TEs. While I believe he is clearly a 1st round talent, his 40 yard dash was not exceptional and others seem to be getting a sudden wave of hype. He is talented enough to be a number 1 CB or a dynamic safety, as he has the size to play there as well.

3- Bucky Hodges - TE
Hodges is just a fantastic athlete with room to improve. He is a converted QB who is Jimmy Graham-esque, and has a knack for the big play. Miller is injury prone, Sims is a player that may have some upside but may not be around long if he does not produce. Hodges walks in and adds a threat in the middle of the field for Trubisky, and can spread out wide to create mismatches as well. This is even more beneficial with the questions surrounding the WR corps as Jeffery is gone (or traded in my scenario).
4a- D'Onta Foreman - RB
Foreman is an ox and will be able to make a lot of physical, bruising runs in the NFL. Like Howard he was not asked to catch passes often in college, but both are able to drive through arm tackles and are high-effort cannonball runners. Mariota benefits greatly from having Murray and Derrick Henry pounding defenses, Trubisky will get similar relief from Howard/Foreman. And let’s be honest, Carey is an ok reserve, and Langford has shown to be less than that. While not posessing the speed Langford has, Foreman is far better as a runner and plays with an aggression that is much like Howard.
4b- Sidney Jones - CB/FS
I know he injured himself, a torn Achilles. That is not a career-ending injury as it was 10 years ago. A few of the players to come back and excel were Terrell Suggs, Michael Crabtree, and Demarius Thomas. If healthy he is a top talent, but even if not he displayed great insticts and showed he is very comfortable in beeing off-man. After he recovers he becomes a hell of a CB prospect, he or Wilson can move to FS to pair with the other and Johnson. When we go to nickel in 2018, having the three of them on the field makes for one hell of a trio. He can move around much like Mathieu does, the versatility between he and Wilson makes for a deadly backfield duo to add to Johnson. This acts as a security blanket if/when Amukamara moves on in 2018. If he stays we can trot out Johnson - Wilson - Amukamara as the CBs, with Jones and Demps as the safties.
5 - Stevie Tu'iklolavatu - NT
Very large man who showed some talent while I was watching Darnold. He eats double teams and rarely moves backward. While likely nothing more than a two down player, we need help in the run game. He could step in at NT and let Goldman kicks out to 5T. When it is time to go to nickel, he gets the boot and gets a breather. He also has a history of recovering fumbles, meaning he might not be fast enough to swarm but has the motor to finish plays and the awareness to be around the ball. I think his upside is actually pretty solid as long as he is not asked to be a pass rusher, he is closer to John Henderson than Donatari Poe, that will never be in question. With the Jenkins signing, cleary they see the importance and upside of a run-stuffer, compared to the total lack of upside Ego and Sutton offer.

7 - Zane Gonzales - K
We need an upgrade at this spot. He has shown to have powerful leg and been accurate at every level. If he is offf the board, there would be some free agents to look at for kicker (luring them in with high guarantees as we still will have plenty of cap space), but I’d use this to fill the role of a return specialist.



Depth Chart - Slashes indicate a position battle
QB - Glennon/Trubisky
HB - Howard, Foreman, Carey
WR - White/Meredith/Wright, Wheaton/Randle
TE - Miller, Hodges/Sims
OT - Leno, Massie - watch for cuts
OG - Sitton, Long - Kush
C - Whitehair - Grasu

DE - Goldman, Hicks - Bullard/Unrein
NT - Jenkins/Tu'iklolavatu
OLB - Floyd, McPhee - Young/Houston/Robertson-Harris
ILB - Freeman, Trevathan - Kwiatkoski, Timu/Jones
CB - Johnson, Amukamara/Wilson, Callahan/LeBlanc/Hall
FS - Cooper, Houston-Carson
SS - Demps, Bush/Amos

K- Gonzales
P- O’Donnell
LS - Scales

***2018 - Sidney Jones can walk in and take over for Cooper at FS or he can step in at CB to form an even better CB trio than this 2017 trio. I prefer to re-sign Amukamara as the number 3 CB and let Cooper walk. Jones will get to walk up and play a lot of man still and I feel Cooper will make big plays, while giving many more big plays up.



Beyond 2017 -
After Fox flounders to a losing record again this year, Pace fires him and gets a new HC in 2018 who can attract free agents and develop a QB. I either go to Michigan and offer Harbaugh $8.25 million per year or hire McDaniels (for considerably less), as either should be able to do just that.

- Hicks gets an extension barring a significant injury concern coming up this year.
- Houston does not have a snowball's chance in hell of making it to 2018's roster. He is here simply because we have only so much to carry over, and with McPhee's injury concerns and how Young was shut down, he might be a rotational player when they are "off."
- Massie is not a future RT for us
- Leno gets one more shot to show he can stop giving up pressures at a worrisome rate.
- The Bears free up $11.5 million when they cut or trade Glennon in favor of Trubisky.
- Sims might be in jeopardy, as I see Hodges being a much better player to build around, he might have to restructure if the Bears will choose to go for a bigger free agency haul.
- There is a ton of chance to free up space if some of these players do not show they are important to the team long term, I think Pace has done this by design.

2018 Cap Savings When Cut
Glennon - $11.5 mil
Houston - $8 mil
Sims - $5.7 mil
Massie - $5.6 mil
Wheaton - $5 mil
Cooper - $5 mil
Young - $4.5 mil
Total - $45.3 mil opened in cap space, plus $ mil in carryover (est, IDK what it will be) - $53.5 mil.

Now I'm not saying they are all on the chopping block, but all have legitimate concerns as to why they may not be on the roster in 2018. Just food for thought.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really sort of confused. I know what you wanted the Bears to do with Alshon but they didn't, so how can you still account for this imaginary 3rd round pick? Also, Cooper is a CB. Why will he be playing FS?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bearsfan323 wrote:
I'm really sort of confused. I know what you wanted the Bears to do with Alshon but they didn't, so how can you still account for this imaginary 3rd round pick? Also, Cooper is a CB. Why will he be playing FS?


I feel his pain. I'm still living in an alternate universe where we didn't trade the following decade for Cutler.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bearsfan323 wrote:
I'm really sort of confused. I know what you wanted the Bears to do with Alshon but they didn't, so how can you still account for this imaginary 3rd round pick? Also, Cooper is a CB. Why will he be playing FS?


I listed the rationale with Alshon. If you want to take out Hodges then go for it, then throw Fuller back on the team. Or if the would accept a conditional pick in 2018 with Fuller, great. I doubt it though.

I listed some of the his top have a full recovery from the same injury he had. While it isn't a death knell, he still isn't guaranteed to have the same explosiveness. If not he can move over, much like how many scouts spoke of Desmond King. Jones would be a CB without question if he is completely healthy. With how much off man he did though, he can do a Mathieu role and line up anywhere.
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51to54 wrote:
bearsfan323 wrote:
I'm really sort of confused. I know what you wanted the Bears to do with Alshon but they didn't, so how can you still account for this imaginary 3rd round pick? Also, Cooper is a CB. Why will he be playing FS?


I feel his pain. I'm still living in an alternate universe where we didn't trade the following decade for Cutler.


I prefer to pretend we never hired Emery. It is more recent so it hurts more.
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