Corey Wootton

2010 Draft Grades: Bears

Considering what they had to work with, the Bears did just fine for themselves on draft day.

I like the selection of Major Wright. I had Reshad Jones and Chad Jones as the highest rated available safeties, but Wright was just behind and he’s still a great fit. He has an excellent chance to win the starting free safety job over Al Afalava.

Corey Wootton is an absolute steal in the 4th round. I thought he was a better fit for a 3-4 team, but he should still be a great addition to the Bears defense. Don’t expect a lot of sacks from him, but he can be a valuable asset in run defense. I’m not sure that he’ll develop into a starter, but he’s a great guy to have in the rotation.

Joshua Moore has limited upside, but he’s a decent 5th-round pick. The Bears really needed to add depth in their secondary and Moore can get the job done as a third or fourth option at cornerback.

Dan LeFevour fell further than expected on draft day. While his fall wasn’t nearly as publicized as Jimmy Clausen’s, I think it was for the same reasons. There are concerns about his attitude and work ethic. He rubbed a lot of people the wrong way by declining to throw at the combine, despite being in perfect health. There were a lot of whispers about him not being the best team leader at Central Michigan, and those concerns certainly could have contributed to his fall. That said, he’s certainly worth a 6th-round pick. He comes to Chicago with zero expectations and can learn behind Jay Cutler.

I really like J’Marcus Webb in the 7th round. He’s extremely raw, but he has elite size and strength (6’8′, 328 lbs). He reminds me of a taller version former Bear Qasim Mitchell. In team, he could develop into a steal.

When you consider that the Bears didn’t pick until the 3rd round, this was a very impressive draft. But there was one glaring omission: wide receiver. Mike Martz has taken every opportunity to talk up their current group, but I’m not buying it. Damian Williams, Brandon LaFell, Jordan Shipley and Eric Decker were all on the board when the Bears were finally on the clock at No. 75. Any of those four would have been a great pick. Even in the later rounds, a guy like Carlton Mitchell would have been a nice addition. It was still a very solid draft, but failing to add a receiver was definitely an oversight.

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All-Underrated Draft Prospects Team

QB – Sean Canfield, Oregon State
Possesses legitimate NFL size and can make all the throws. Only a full-time starter for one year, but he has plenty of upside.

RB – James Starks, Buffalo
Missed the entire 2009 season with a shoulder injury, but could prove to be a steal if he’s fully recovered.

RB – Lonyae Miller, Fresno State
Played in the shadow Ryan Mathews. A Big, physical downhill runner. Prototypical size and athleticism for a workhorse running back.

WR – Eric Decker, Minnesota
Flying under the radar due to a foot injury. He’ll fall because of durability issues, but could be a steal.

WR – Kerry Meier, Kansas
Converted quarterback became an elite possession receiver over the past two seasons. Limited upside, but has the skills to find a role in an NFL offense.

TE – Colin Peek, Alabama
One of the better blocking tight ends in this year’s class. Nothing special as a receiver, but will make plays from time to time.

OT – Charles Brown, USC
Nearly as athletic as Bruce Campbell, yet for more productive. Could be a steal if the falls to the 2nd round.

OT – Kyle Calloway, Iowa
Doesn’t wow you in anything that he does, but is as solid as they come. Projects as a quality right tackle.

OG – John Jerry, Mississippi
Has Larry Allen-like size and surprising athleticism to go with it. Could potential play right tackle as well.

OG – Zane Beadles, Utah
Versatile enough to play all five positions. May never be a star, but will be a valued backup at the worst.

C – Matt Tennant, Boston College
Maurkice Pouncey is getting all the attention, but Tennant isn’t far behind in terms of talent.

DE – Corey Wootton, Northwestern
Lack of athleticism means he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. Could anchor a 3-4 team at defensive end.

DE – Lindsey Witten, Connecticut
Impressive athlete who could be an instant-impact pass rusher.

DT – Cam Thomas, North Carolina
Perfect fit at nose tackle; rated higher than Terrence Cody in my book.

DT – Tyson Alualu, California
Would be a 1st-round pick in most other years. A three-technique tackle with similar skills to Gerald McCoy.

OLB – Larry Hart, Central Arkansas
Late-round sleeper with huge upside. Lacks ideal height, but has impressive athleticism.

OLB – Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
Collegiate defensive end replaced Vernon Gholston at Ohio State. Comparisons inevitably hurt his stock.

ILB – Donald Butler, Washington
Impressive athlete didn’t get the attention he deserved on a talent-starved unit in Washington.

CB – Walter Thurmond, Oregon
Athletically gifted corner coming back off an injury. Can make an instant-impact on special teams.

CB – David Pender, Purdue
Workout numbers are off the charts. Undersized, but has the speed and leaping ability to make up for it.

S – Chad Jones, LSU
The differences between him and Taylor Mays are minimal. Better ball skills than Mays.

S – Morgan Burnett , Georgia Tech
Has the size and athleticism to play either safety position.

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