Lacking the draft firepower of a first- or second-round pick, the Bears did a good job of bringing in competition in the secondary, especially at safety, where they have a lot of bodies but no one who stands out.
They used their top pick, 75th overall, on Florida safety Major Wright and then went back to the secondary in the fifth round for Kansas State cornerback Joshua Moore. Although both are juniors, they are expected to contribute immediately.
The Bears' other area of need was along the offensive line, and they made their usual half-hearted effort at improving that long-ignored area when they took West Texas A&M's J'Marcus Webb with the 218th pick.
BEST PICK: DE Corey Wootton – Had he not torn his knee up in Northwestern's Alamo Bowl loss to Missouri after the 2008 regular season, Wootton likely would have entered the draft a year ago and been a late first- or early second-round choice according to the NFL's Advisory Committee. As a junior he had 16 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, which is why they were thrilled when he was still on the board at 109.
COULD SURPRISE: OT J'Marcus Webb – The seventh-round pick (218th overall) could be a diamond in the rough. A Parade All-American in high school, he was heavily recruited and enrolled at Texas but left after a year because of academic problems. He wound up at Division-II West Texas A&M but flashed good enough athleticism at 6-8 and 328 pounds in the postseason to draw interest.
Here is a closer look at the Bears' picks:
Round 3 (75) – Major Wright, S, 6-0, 206, Florida: Got high marks for character. A big hitter who has played well as the deep man in coverage, where he showed enough cover ability to convince the Bears he could play free safety. Also received high grades for his instincts, speed (4.48), toughness and football smarts. Started 33 games in three seasons at Florida, leaving with a year of eligibility remaining.
Round 4 (109) – Corey Wootton, DE, 6-6, 270 Northwestern: Started 35 games at right end in his final three years after starting 12 games at left end as a freshman in 2006. Was a potential first-round pick after a junior season in which he had 16 tackles for loss and 10 sacks but suffered a torn ACL in the Alamo Bowl and struggled after coming back from January '09 surgery. If he regains his junior-season form, he'll be a steal.
Round 5 (141) – Joshua Moore, CB, 5-11, 188 Kansas State: Junior who started five games as a true freshman, academically ineligible in '07 but came back strong in '08, and started the next 24 games with 140 tackles, 23 pass breakups and five interceptions. Lacks bulk and is physically weak. Doesn't have great speed (4.52 in the 40) but has enough quickness, ball skills, soft hands, instincts and reactions to be an effective cover corner.
Round 6 (181) – Dan LeFevour, QB, 6-3, 230, Central Michigan: Four-year starter was tremendously productive as a passer and runner. Only player in NCAA history with 12,000 career passing yards and 2,500 career rushing yards. Will have time to make transition from shotgun QB to taking snaps from under center.
Round 7 (218) – J'Marcus Webb, OT, 6-8, 328 West Texas A&M: A high school Parade All-American originally enrolled at the University of Texas but played there just one season before transferring to Navarro Junior College, where he was a NJCAA All-American, and then to D-II WTAMU.
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