The 2015 NFL Draft was, as always, an event of many surprises that decided the fate of so many aspiring young players. Looking beyond the likes of Kevin White, let’s evaluate all of the Chicago Bears’ six draft picks of 2015.
Round 1 Pick 7 (7): Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
As many predicted, the Chicago Bears went with 6’3” 215 pound Kevin White, who many rated as the second best receiver in the draft. The West Virginia product caught 109 balls for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. I like the fit here as the bears get a replacement for Brandon Marshall’s production and a better down-the-field threat in White. His leaping abilities and soft hands should make him one of Jay Cutler’s favorite targets.
Round 2 Pick 7 (39): Eddie Goldman, Defensive Tackle, Florida State
With Jay Ratliff getting older and having off the field issues, I like the addition of Goldman here. With this 6’4” 339 DT the bears are getting a lot of up front run plugging, an element which they have lacked since Tommie Harris. I do worry about Goldman’s ability to rush the passer, along with his ability to be a three down contributor.
Round 3 Pick 7 (71): Hroniss Grasu, Center, Oregon
I absolutely love this pick. An early favorite to be an early first rounder, Oregon’s offensive line struggles caused Grasu to be overshadowed and drop to this pick. This is a brilliant addition and exactly what the doctor ordered for bears (and saints) fans missing Olin Kreutz.
Round 4 Pick 7 (106): Jeremy Langford, Running Back, Michigan State
With Matt Forte on the wrong side of 30, Langford is a solid addition to a running back corps consisting of Senorise Perry, Ka’Deem Carey, and Jacquizz Rodgers. Last season Perry and Carey were decent contributors on special teams, but the latter turned out to be a big disappointment in his first season with the bears. What is the difference between Carey and Langford? Well, Carey ran a 4.7 40 and Langford ran a 4.4. Look for Jeremy on third down as a pass blocker.
Round 5, Pick 6 (142): Adrian Amos, Free Safety, Penn State
I question this pick by Ryan Pace, as he passed on Gerrod Holliman to get Amos. Looking further, though, this rangy, athletic safety (6’0” 218) looks to compete with Brock Vereen and Ryan Mundy for the starting spot. This pick was one for the future, as the bears have an under-the-radar strong young secondary in Amos, Vereen, and Kyle Fuller.
Round 6, Pick 7 (183): Tayo Fabuluje, Offensive Tackle, TCU
I don’t like this pick at all in fact, I haven’t even learned how to pronounce this kid’s name (I’d like to see Goodell try). In picking Tayo, the bears got their second mammoth TCU offensive tackle (6’6” 353) in the 6th or 7th round in 2 years. I would have liked to see Pace have opted for Ifo Ekpre-Olomu out of Oregon, who was a consensus top-15 pick until he tore his ACL before the national championship.