2017 Quarterback Class Weakest in Some Time
The Chicago Bears currently hold the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft due to a very disappointing 2016 campaign. We all know the Cutler era has ended and the Mike Glennon one has begun. Glennon is still young and unproven so who knows just how good he can be. However, the Bears definitely still need to bring in a quarterback via the draft. The problem with this is that this is one of the weaker quarterback classes in some time. The top 3 signal callers are Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and Mitch Trubisky. While all 3 no doubt possess great talent, none are viewed as a guy who can come in and lead a franchise day 1. If Desahun Watson was the pick, the world would not end, but they would be passing up an elite leader on defense in Jamal Adams.
Eric Berry 2.0?
Jamal Adams, a safety from LSU, has drawn comparisons to current All-Pro Safety Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs. Berry, drafted 5th overall in the 2010 draft, was the highest selected safety along with Sean Taylor in 2004 in over 20 years. Eric Turner went 2nd overall in the 1991 draft to the Cleveland Browns. Don’t worry, I also had to google who the hell Eric Turner was. I think it’s safe to say Sean Taylor had an okay career and Eric Berry just became the highest paid safety in the NFL.
Like Berry, Adams is a tone setter on defense. He doesn’t shy from contact by any means and is a natural leader both on the field and in the locker room. The last safety Chicago had who intimidated receivers coming across the middle of the field was Mike Brown. Since then, the safety position has been a revolving door in the Windy City. Adams can come in and start day 1 and make an immediate impact. He can slide down into the box as well as cover tight ends. The former LSU All-American finished his collegiate career with 128 solo tackles and 5 interceptions.
Safety is Safe
The previous 5 safeties to be drafted in the top 10 are: Eric Berry, LaRon Landry, Michael Huff, Donte Whitner and Sean Taylor. All these guys had/are having above average careers, minus Huff who was basically drafted for the Oakland Raiders Track Team. Landry, Taylor and Whitner are some of the hardest hitting safeties the game has ever seen and Berry is setting the pace at the position today. Safety, unlike cornerback or quarterback, transitions smoothly to the NFL more often than not. How many times have we looked back on a 1st round safety and call him a bust? I can’t remember the last one. On the contrary, how many times have we looked back on 1st round quarterbacks and corners and labeled them busts? I can create an entirely new article just for them.
The Bears are light years away from being a contender in the NFL. They cannot afford to whiff on anymore top 10 picks. Kevin White is still young and raw, but is already showing signs of a bust after going 7th overall a couple years ago. The Bears have selected a safety in 8 of the past 10 drafts. They drafted 3 alone in last years draft. The pattern here is obvious. The Bears have had a need at safety ever since the Mike Brown days and have been unable to find a guy to solidify the position. It’s time for them to stop taking mediocre safeties in the fourth round and use a top 5 pick on a play maker like Jamal Adams to put the “Monsters of the Midway” back on the map.