Happy Friday, my friends! Here are your morning Bullets …
- Brad Kaaya fits the bill as a developmental quarterback, but is someone who is believed to have upside and untapped potential. While raw, Kaaya has the kind of big-armed profile you could dream on as a quarterback prospect. Over at The Athletic, Dan Durkin believes the University of Miami product is a worthy developmental project if the Bears decide to go that route. Kaaya might look the part at 6-foot-4 and 214 pounds, but he is a few years away from being NFL ready. Getting him up to speed would be a major task for the Bears, or any team that chooses him in the draft. What he has in arm strength and experience in a pro style offense, he lacks in performance under pressure and adaptation on the fly. Durkin gives Kaaya a fourth-round projection. And for what it’s worth, the Bears have two fourth-round picks.
- With the idea of choosing a quarterback with the third overall pick all but out of the window, it’s time to really focus in on defensive playmakers of the future. Chris Emma of CBS Chicago writes LSU safety Jamal Adams is making his case to be a top-5 pick. Adams already cemented elite prospect status with his stellar 40-yard dash earlier in the week, but whether or not he passes fellow safety Malik Hooker of Ohio State is yet to be determined. The two have differing styles. Adams is an all-around defender, while Hooker is more of a big-play-maker on balls in the air. Among the things teams like the Bears will have to do is decide which style is a better fit moving forward.
- Sticking in the secondary, a video featuring Bears cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc working out has emerged:
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- If the Bears don’t pick either of the top safeties, they could land one of the draft’s better front seven players. Both Solomon Thomas of Stanford and Jonathan Allen of Alabama are feasible picks for the Bears to pluck using the third overall pick. Over at Pro Football Weekly, an inside look of how Thomas and Allen would both fit the Bears. Thomas still has some learning to do, Allen has to shake the bug-a-boo of having arthritic shoulders, an issue that we still don’t know how much will impact him in his NFL future.
- Looking at what transpired in the 2008 NFL Draft, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a ton of regret from teams, no matter where they picked. The Bears are among them, though they would probably be pleased with Gil Brandt’s do-over. The NFL senior analyst scraps the Bears’ pick of offensive lineman Chris Williams from Vanderbilt and sends over Cliff Avril – a pass rusher who picked up 73 sacks in nine seasons. Avril was a third-round pick (92nd overall) by the Detroit Lions. The re-do would have been beneficial to the Dolphins and Rams, who Brandt has choosing quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco respectively. It’s a move that would hurt the Falcons, who were left with cornerback Aqib Talib instead of Ryan.
- Adrian Peterson, 32, is still looking for a job, and is next slated to visit with the Saints.