Bears specific Big Board. This is a board that ranks players the Chicago Bears should take 1 -31. Of course they pick 11th, but they could also trade down. Chances are some on this board will be available for the Bears pick early in the second round as well. In my opinion there are three key factors to building a board such as this: 1) Need, 2) Money ( rookie deals are significant savings) We know that average salaries rank QB, Rush, WR, LT etc.
Based on the first two criteria logically the more expensive positions have a premium to draft because the estimated 2016 salary at number 11 is 2,368,521. The third criteria is valuing plug and play positions, in other words if we choose my number one rated QB (Wentz) or Goff we save a bundle, but they are sitting behind Cutler. Therefore choosing a player who should be an immediate starter (Hargraves, Tunsil, Elliott, Stanley etc) has a significant value as well. You might have figured out based on this I rate the injured players like Smith, Jack, Lawson Fuller slightly lower than others, However, I am a big fan of Fuller (as are Walt and Charlie) and specifically with the Bears because of the intangible of chemistry, pairing him with his brother could pay huge dividends.
Let's look at what I consider the Bears biggest needs. Generally it is defense and particularly the front seven, the back four,and QB. RBand WR are also areas of need. The other consideration is appraising this drafts strengths and weaknesses. Fortunately it is a deep and exceptional draft in our specific needs. My opinion is the weaker a draft is the more a team should opt for the best player available and the stronger and deeper it is at a teams specific needs the focus should be more on need as opposed to best available. Finally character and leadership are also factors
1) Tunsil zero chance he will be there. 2) Wentz zero chance 3) Ramsey no chance 4) Buckner slight chance 5) Stanley chance 6) Bosa slight chance 7) Goff slight chance 8) Elliott chance 9) Lynch good chance 10) Jack chance 11) Hargraves 12) Conklin 13) Dodd 14) Lawson 15) Floyd 16 Robinson 17) Treadwell 18) Decker 19) K Fuller Perhaps Charlie Campbell and I are alone in this high opinion (Charlie has him higher than Ramsey!) 20) K Joseph 21) Apple 22) WB Jackson 23) Braxton Miller. Miller is a freak and could save a roster spot if you make him a 3'd QB too or he could be on Special Teams 24) R Henry 25) Spence 26) H Henry 27) Coleman 28) Burns 29) Ogbah 30) Spriggs
My ideal draft strategy : A) Trade from 11 to 15 and hijack a second round from Titans. This is possible due to two factors 1) the rich price Titan’s received and 2) Titan’s could wait too long to make the trade and have the market dry up. Particularly if a third LT is taken before us this trade could happen. Option B) Trade down with Colts for the 2nd as they are desperate for a top LT also. Option C Jets trade up with us for Lynch.
Now armed with a 1st and 2 seconds Our strategy is dependent on the board naturally. Suppose we pick between 17 and 31 depending on how the CB’s are coming off the board we should be able to get Fuller with our 2nd, The question is where does Joseph come off and I think it will be earlier than forecast perhaps with Arizona. However I think we are safe until then so trade down a few more and take him. Our 2nd 2nd rounder and 3’d we take either a DE and OLB there should be plenty of good ones and our secondary is set for years. Fourth round (we could have three if we trade down twice) and 5th we take TE, OL, RB or QB. WR with the rest.
Of course if say Buckner or Bosa drop to us all bets are off…..