Bears Draft Grades and Analysis
What’s great about this Bears draft grades and analysis video is that Schmitz is willing to punt some of it to guys that he knows and believes in like Jacob Infante. Most draft analysts are kind of pompous know it alls IMHO and Schmitz has the class to say, “uhh i dunno, but here’s someone’s opinion I trust.” Players from small schools are notoriously difficult to study on film because, well, there’s not a whole lot of quality film out there to look at. He also wants to wait before giving the 7th rounders a grade, which makes sense. I don’t bother getting too deep on 7th rounders, either, as the chances of them panning out are really slim to none (Charles Leno Jr. showed us it’s possible, though). We’ll see how they move around the field when camp begins, and we can go from there.
So onto the picks. I like the Cole Kmet pick a bit more than Schmitz, who gave it a C+. He routinely compared him to Kyle Rudolph and Jason Witten, both of whom had less than stellar rookie campaigns, and I’m thinking, “I’ll take that quality comp for my 2nd round pick every year.” There may have been a few better players on the board, but remember, the Bears are in WIN NOW mode. They had a giant hole to fill, and they filled it with the best player at the position. I give it an A-.
Schmitz is excited about our second rounder, Jaylon Johnson, and its nice to see an A grade here. But I think he’s a bit overzealous. Yes, Johnson has the skills to be a first rounder. Yes, watching him on film is fun because he’s aggressive, he can play zone, man, off-man, etc. The fact is, however, that Johnson fell to the 2nd round for a reason; namely, his 3, count em 3, shoulder surgeries since his senior year of high school. Projecting health is a crap shoot, but all models start with injury history. I give it a B-. Please watch the video below for a deeper dive into Bears draft grades and analysis, and make sure to sign in to comment below!