By Clyde A. Speller @ClydeASpeller on March 31, 2014
The Chicago Bears have more than a month to consider who to take in the 2014 NFL Draft. There are plenty of prospects that the Bears could add to their roster for the 2014 campaign, however, that doesn’t mean everyone would be a good fit for Chicago. Even though the Bears need most of their help on defense, there are prospects that should be avoided on both sides of the ball. Here are five players the Bears must pass on.
Jimmy Garoppolo is one of the top five quarterbacks in this year’s draft and is projected to go in either the first or second round. Although the Bears could use a reliable backup quarterback, selecting Garoppolo so early would be a waste of a draft pick, considering the amount of help that is needed on defense.
A foot injury that slowed down Alabama cornerback Deion Belue in 2013 is one red flag. To make matters worse, Belue is a player who lacks the prototypical size for an NFL cornerback (5-foot-11, 183 pounds) to match up against big receivers and to help out against the run.
Vinnie Sunseri is projected to go somewhere in the sixth round. Hopefully, the Bears would have addressed their safety positions enough by that time. But even if they're looking for more depth, Sunseri should be overlooked. His torn ACL suffered in October of 2013 could be considered a huge liability.
Depth in needed in the Bears’ corps of linebackers, but Telvin Smith shouldn’t be added to this group. Smith lacks size for a linebacker (6-foot-3, 218 pounds), and has difficulty shedding blocks to make tackles. Smith’s unwillingness to switch positions because of his body type shows that he isn’t willing to do what it takes to make any team better.
Running back Silas Redd had an injury-riddled collegiate career at both Penn State and USC. Silas injured his collarbone and sternum at Penn State, had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, and injured his right knee in 2013. Chicago did release second-string running back Michael Bush, but a more durable choice can be made during the final day of the draft.
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