Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
#19 Overall -- Shea McClellin / DE-OLB / Boise St.
The Bears have a need for a pass rusher but I question this selection here considering they players they passed up. McClellin was my #11 defensive end and #4 'rush' linebacker in a 3-4 defense. I had late 2nd round/early 3rd round grade on him. Essentially I had the same grade on him that I had on Cam Johnson, who ended up lasting until the 7th round. Little bit of a reach here for the Bears, but they get one of the more versatile pass rushers in the draft. McClellin has played with his hand in the dirt, from a 2-point stance, and experienced dropping into coverage. Tested a little better athletically than he looks on film and that helped his stock. Grade: C+
#45 Overall -- Alshon Jeffery / WR / South Carolina
#8 wide receiver on my board who I had given a late 2nd round grade. Amidst all the rumors that have gotten started about this kid, his weight, his work ethic, etc... the fact that he can flat out play seemed to get lost in the shuffle somewhere. This is a dominant receiver when he's being fed the rock. Jeffery has the best ball skills in this class of receivers. Incredible hand-eye coordination and ability to track the football. Makes difficult catches look easy. Not a polished route runner yet and tends to round his routes off. Calmed the concerns about his speed by running well at his his pro-day. This is a heck of a selection to get what was once a top 10 talent here in the middle of the 2nd round. Grade: B
#79 Overall -- Brandon Hardin / CB-S / Oregon St.
#13 cornerback on my board had a 3rd round grade on Hardin, although his best position is safety in the NFL. One of the better athletes in the entire draft. A big kid (6'3", 217 pounds) with 4.4 speed and tremendous numbers in all other athletic tests. Didn't play last season due to injury, so durability issues and medical is a concern. Decent pick here in the 3rd round. Grade: C+
#111 Overall -- Evan Rodriguez / H-back / Temple
The #1 H-back on my board who I had given an early 5th round grade. Bears reach to secure him in the 4th round. Good player for Temple who led the team in receptions this past season, and threw a lot of key kick-out blocks on power for Bernard Pierce. Good player. Grade: C+
#184 Overall -- Isaiah Frey / CB / Nevada
I didn't scout this player and will defer to the Bears
#220 Overall -- Greg McCoy / CB / TCU
McCoy didn't make my draft board. Every time I watched him he was getting toasted. Grade: D+