Major Wright

Training Camp Preview: Bears

Biggest Question Mark: Jay Cutler
Can Mike Martz turn things around for Cutler? After putting up big numbers in Denver he took a significant step backwards in 2009. Perhaps it was nothing more than struggling to adjust to a new offense with a poor group of receivers. Whatever the reason, he needs to step up his game in order for the Bears to compete.

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 13: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 13, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Can Forte rebound from the sophomore slump?

Position Battle to Watch: Running Back
Third-year running back Matt Forte shouldn’t have anything to worry about, but considering how he played in 2009, Chester Taylor may be able to steal the starting job. It’s certainly Forte’s job to lose, but he was ineffective for most of 2009, while Taylor had an impressive year as Adrian Peterson’s backup in Minnesota.

Impact Rookie: Major Wright
The Bears didn’t draft until the 3rd round, meaning they may not have a true impact rookie this season. However, Wright should be given the opportunity to compete for the starting job at free safety. Danieal Manning has struggled at free safety and it looks like the Bears are giving Al Afalava the opportunity to win the starting job this season. Wright is a long shot to start, but he’ll have an opportunity to earn some playing time.

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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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