I dont think it is time for the bears to draft a QB. They simply dont have a supporting class to help a rookie QB. This Has to be a best available draft. I would prefer someone like Myles Garrett. Adding Garrett (best defensive prospect since Clowney) would take some pressure off the offense. If absolutely necessary, draft a Qb that falls to the 2nd or 3rd, but I dont get starting qb vibes from Kizer, Watson, or Kaaya. Improve the defense, evaluate the entire roster, and if they end up terribe again next year (which is likely) draft Rosen.
The order of these teams cracks me up. Say Chuck, have you seen Green Bay play this year? On the flip side, have you seen Denver or Minnesota play? Try changing up your draft order to how the teams are currently playing, it will change your drafts more from week to week, instead of looking the same.
Yet again, I will follow Walt's lead for this draft order outside the fact that the Bears land the top pick over the 49ers or Browns, I have more faith in Cutler running into wins before I do with Kessler or Gabbert. Also, there are still some players not in the system such as the Illini DEs, Justin Evans and Malik Hooker at safety. Until they are in I will mock without them.
Third time's the charm, right? After failing in their attempts to land free agents Hedo Turkoglu and Paul Millsap earlier this month, the Blazers have finally landed an impact free agent, agreeing to a reported 3-year, $21 million contract with point guard Andre Miller. (The third year of the deal will be a team option.)
Miller, like a lot of other free agents have found out this summer, learned that this is indeed a buyers' market. Portland was really the only team with enough cap space able to offer him anything more than the mid-level exception without the 76ers having to get involved in some sort of sign-and-trade deal. A yearly salary of $7 million for a veteran point guard who averaged 16.3 ppg, 6.5 apg and 4.5 rpg last season, and has only missed five games in the last nine years, is quite the bargain.
With this signing, the Blazers have significantly upgraded their point guard play. Last year, Portland used a three-man rotation with Steve Blake starting at the one, and Sergio Rodriguez and Jerryd Bayless coming off the bench. While Blake was serviceable as a starter, he is not going to lead a team to a ring playing starter's minutes and is in the final year of his deal. Rodriguez was dealt to Sacramento in a draft-day trade, while Bayless is probably still a year or two away from being a major contributor. The Blazers also drafted St. Mary's point guard Patty Mills in the second round who now seems like a long shot to make the roster or may spend his first season in the D-League.
As expected, Portland made a major jump last season, improving by 13 wins and finishing tied with the second-best record out West. While I applaud the Miller signing, I'm not sure it catapults the Blazers any higher in the Western Conference. With the Lakers staying strong and San Antonio's acquisition of Richard Jefferson, they are clearly the teams to beat.
The only way Portland can enter the conversation is if Greg Oden actually lives up to his potential. Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge will provide the scoring, while Miller brings his experience and floor leadership, but the Blazers will need Oden to fill that spot in the middle if they are to be taken seriously as title contenders.