The Chicago Bears selected a defensive tackle and a safety with their second and third picks. The Chicago Bears gave up their fourth-round pick to move up in the second round to grab Washington’s pick at 53 from their spot at 62. Interestingly enough, this same fourth round pick was controversial because Baltimore was demanding the pick after the Chicago Bears reneged on a trade thus having Baltimore skip its pick.
In the second round, the Chicago Bears grabbed Oregon State’s Stephen Paea. He’s a big strong inside presence that is a high-motor guy. He’s penciled in to be Tommie Harris’ replacement. While Harris has sucked the last few seasons, he was a top player at one time. Paea will have big shoes to fill, but some feel he can do it. I love his effort but don’t think he’s quite pre-injury Harris. But very few can do that. A safe pick and a guy that has some upside. He set a combine record with 49 reps at 225 lbs. and runs a 4.98 in the 40-yard. Big strong dudes that can move have a spot on my team.
In the third round, the Chicago Bears grabbed Cal safety Chris Conte. He’s played many different roles at Cal including corner and linebacker. He’s a jack of many trades. I’m not sure how he’ll fit in with the Chicago Bears, but he was productive last season and is continuing to develop. I love his size, but I’d like to see him bulk up. He also has solid speed. I could see him being a solid nickel safety and special teams standout. But, he might develop into something better. I like this pick.
So far, the Chicago Bears have taken three solid football players. I like guys that are productive. And these three should step in right away.
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