North: Draft unpredictable, but Bears were smart to sign Hoyer
So here is my in-depth analysis of the Chicago Bears draft: I have no clue!
I don't understand the people who say they think the Bears had a great draft. After all, who really knows how relevant the picks will be and how soon? While we hope this will turn out to be a great draft, ranking the draft now is like me ranking my favorite Ethiopian dishes. I couldn't.
The Bears, however, did fill some needs by going heavier on defense. Their first-round pick, Leonard Floyd, is an underweight pass rusher at 6-foot-6 and 244 pounds. Do you remember John Thierry? Well, he was the last linebackers/pass rusher that was taken by the Bears in the first round of the 1994 draft.
Turns out he was a can't miss guy who did just that!
But I trust GM Ryan Pace did his homework, so let's just hope that most of their guys are still on the team in three years -- or even in the league.
Hoyer an excellent pickup:
I feel much more confident, though, about the Bears' decision to pick up quarterback Brian Hoyer than about their draft picks.
Hoyer might have been on four other teams before the Bears, but he was a starter with the last two and has proved he can get to the playoffs, which he did with the Houston Texans.
And he showed he can handle controversy, which he did after being replaced by Johnny Manziel in Cleveland.
Yes, Hoyer will be a much more reliable backup for Jay Cutler because he can throw touchdowns like Cutler, though he also is known to throw interceptions like Jay, too. But Hoyer is hungry and capable of winning some games -- something backup quarterbacks like Jimmy Clausen haven't been able to do well for the Bears in the past.
For me, the draft was really secondary compared to getting a decent backup QB, and the Bears got this one right.
Eye on baseball:
The White Sox and the Cubs had been a pleasure to watch so far this season. The Cubs are the overwhelming favorite, but the unexpected rise of the Sox has been even more enjoyable.
My early family favorites for the White Sox are Brett Lawrie, Austin Jackson and Mat "Cy"Latos. And how about bench coach Rick Renteria?
For the Cubs, I knew Dexter Fowler was essential to their success and I was worried when it looked like he wouldn't be returning to the team. I also love veterans David Ross and Ben Zobrist and 27-year-old Tommy La Stella, who are all delivering.
Hey it's early, but it's a great time for Chicago baseball.
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