Continuing a little further along the line of a previous analysis of where the Bears are vis’a’vis the Green Bay Packers…
Suggesting that a draft cannot be evaluated for two to three years is no longer operable in the NFL; hasn’t been for some time actually. The Bears and Packers make that abundantly clear.
Where the ‘90s Packers dominance was built on a trade (Brett Favre) and a free agent (Reggie White), the current Green Bay bedrock has been the drafting of GM Ted Thompson. That’s reflected in a roster predominantly made up of selections in all rounds of drafts, an acquisition avenue that has not remotely been kind to the Bears of former GM Jerry Angelo and college scouting director Greg Gabriel.
That appears to have begun to turn.
The Bears started six Phil Emery draft choices, and Emery has had just two drafts, on Monday night when they were getting past the Packers:
Both of his No. 1’s (Shea McClellin, Kyle Long);
Both of his No. 2’s (Alshon Jeffery, Jonathan Bostic);
A No. 5 (Jordan Mills);
A No. 6 (Isaiah Frey) as the Bears opened in nickel, and when they went to base, a No. 4 (Khaseem Greene).
Seventh-rounder Marquess Wilson was on the field for the Bears’ first possession of the second half and played 15 snaps of the Bears’ 77 snaps in a game with the season at stake.
And the rookies were not cowed by the moment.
“It was great, just like a great college game, like being in Baton Rouge,” said Bostic, who faced LSU there while playing for Florida.