Chicago Bears Final Draft Report Card
Jarron Gilbert (SJSU Athletics)
Lead NFL Analyst
Posted May 11, 2009


Running back Matt Forte (2) was outstanding as a rookie and wide receiver Earl Bennett (3) is a developing player. It's time for the injured trio of Chris Williams (1) Marcus Harrison (3) DC Zack Bowman (5) to stand up and contribute in year two along with safety Craig Steltz (4).

Chicago Bears Grade - C
NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
68 3 Gilbert, Jarron DT San Jose St 6052v 288v 4.84v 1.263
99 3 Iglesias, Juaquin WR Oklahoma 6007v 210v 4.49v 1.312
105 4 Melton, Henry DE Texas 6033v 266v 4.73v 1.800
119 4 Moore, D.J. DC Vanderbilt 5087v 184v 4.59v 1.720
140 5 Knox, Johnny WR Abilene Christian 5114v 185v 4.33v 1.482
154 5 Freeman, Marcus OB Ohio St 6005v 239v 4.66v 1.362
190 6 Afalava, Al DS Oregon St 5110v 207v 4.46v 1.670
246 7 Lewis, Lance TE San Diego St 6023v 303v 4.79v 1.800
251 7 Kinder, Derek WR Pittsburgh 6002v 201v 4.63v 1.900

Considering that the club did not have a pick until the fourth selection of the third round, I thought they made an outstanding selection in the multi-talented Jarron Gilbert. Beyond the selection, I thought the draft was a mixed bag with Knox, Freeman and the oft injured Al Afalava on the plus side and Juaquin Iglesias (inconsistent catcher), JD Moore (small and slow) and Derek Kinder (lacking in both speed and quickness). The actual draft did not merit a gentlemen "C" grade but when coupled with the pre-draft trade for Jay Cutler (easily the top player in terms of talent and playing experience), one can see that the Bears had one of the most successful drafts in the club's recent history.

FRANCHISE PICK: N/A
QUICKEST TO START: Jarron Gilbert
FASTEST TO PRO BOWL: Jarron Gilbert
BEST IN 3 YEARS: Jarron Gilbert
OVERRATED: D.J. Moore
UNDERRATED: Marcus Freeman
PROJECT: Johnny Knox
BEST COLLEGE F.A.: Will Ta'ufo'ou (FB)
TOP TALENT SCOUT: Marty Barrett
HUH?: D.J. Moore


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