2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Bears
Boise State Broncos DE Shea McClellin is a bit of a tweener, but this can be viewed as a positive attribute for 3-4 defenses. Few players have experienced such a meteoric rise to their draft stock in recent years. McClellin has gone from an early Day 3 sleeper to a potential Day 1 asset.
McClellin's appeal focuses on his versatility. He can play along the line or outside. At the combine, he exhibited enough athleticism to not only seal the edge, rush the passer and drop back into short coverages, but many believe McClellin has the frame to add more muscle and contribute as a DE at times.
The risks here are obvious. If he adds weight, he could lose speed. If he can't retain the weight, he's a bit undersized and bigger offensive linemen would eat him alive. Teams are banking on him playing around 275 pounds, which is a good 20 pounds heavier than his playing weight with the Broncos.
Look for McClellin to come off the board after pick No. 24. A run of 3-4 defenses (Pittsburgh, Denver, Houston, Green Bay, New England twice, Baltimore and San Francisco) have picks available at that point and he'd be very valuable to those teams and their multiple defensive fronts.... [Read More
Jeffery's junior campaign at South Carolina was a disappointment, in part because of well-documented quarterback troubles (Stephen Garcia got kicked off the team) and defenses focused on him after Marcus Lattimore was lost for the season. In 13 games, Jeffery caught 49 passes for 762 yards and eight touchdowns. However, he found the endzone in each of his last four games and had four receptions for 148 yards and a score in a bowl win over Nebraska. The numbers were simply modest compared to his ridiculous sophomore season. In 2010 he racked up 1517 yards and nine touchdowns on 88 catches.
Jeffery is a physical specimen at 6'4'' and 229 pounds. He runs around a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.46 from that distance. His combination of size and speed is without a doubt NFL material, which is why he left early. Red flags, though, have started to creep up. He disappointed at the NFL combine and scouts are becoming concerned with Jeffery's work ethic and potential weight issues. Once thought to be the second receiver off the board in the first round behind Justin Blackmon, Jeffery has seen his stock slide. Look for him to be selected late in the second round... [Read More
Despite missing all of the 2011 season, Brandon Hardin was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Hardin broke his shoulder during fall camp and was unable to return for his senior season. He did participate in the East-West Shrine Game, which is where he must have caught the attention of the Bears.
Hardin was supposed to play cornerback for the Beavers in 2011, but he has the size and strength to potentially play safety in the NFL. Chicago really struggled to find a pair of safeties to stick with in 2011 and given Hardin's coverage skills, he'll have a real shot to stick with Chicago.
Hardin excels with press coverage. He may lack playing experience, but in today's NFL he'll need to cover big, speedy receivers like Calvin Johnson and Greg Jennings over the top. Since he'll likely transition to safety, he can also cover the middle. He recently ran a sub 4.5 40-yard dash, which is very rare for a DB with his size. Could have excellent range for safety.... [Read More
Evan Rodriguez projects as an H-back at the next level. With tremendous size and strength, he should garner some attention in the later rounds as a versatile player who can contribute on special teams right away. He's smooth for a guy with his frame and he can do it all. Seal and block the edge, line up out wide or put him in motion. He explodes out of his three point stance very nicely and he looks like a natural fit as a team's No. 2 TE.
Rodriguez has a great nasty streak on film. He isn't a traditional full back though. He is best in-line, taking on defenders, laying down double teams, slipping outside to make the catch. He looks to have a great football IQ. Once he gets the ball in his hands, he's looking to rumble. He doesn't have great speed, but he's a long and muscular guy who presents a huge target. Working the seam shouldn't be a problem.
He has good hands and catches the ball routinely away from his body. He puts a nice corner on his routes, although he's an upright runner who needs to learn to play with a better bend.... [Read More