Draft week is upon us. Finally all the talk and analysis will come to light this Thursday in New York City. This week we will break down each round for the Bears and give you our picks for them. Today we feature the fifth round and two picks they have in the sixth round.
Fifth Round, Pick 156: Arizona St. RB Marion Grice
As of now, Michael Ford is the backup running back behind Matt Forte. The Bears simply can not go into the season with that lack of depth at running back.
What once was a glamour position in the draft, running backs have now been devalued. Don’t expect any guys to be drafted in the first round and there should be a ton of quality options in the mid to late rounds.
Marion Grice is a perfect fit for Marc Trestman’s offense. He runs hard, makes sharp cuts and catches well out of the backfield. He can work on his blocking at the next level and really be a good option to go to when Forte needs a break.
Sixth Round, Pick 183: Michigan T/G Michael Schofield
The Bears are set up front on the offensive line but they don’t have any security should somebody get hurt. Michael Schofield is a very big and athletic lineman who can play either guard or tackle. He is perfect for depth and could turn into a starter down the line as he develops.
Sixth Round, Pick 191: Ball St. QB Keith Wenning
Jordan Palmer might be the backup now but let’s hope he isn’t once the season starts. To avoid another Josh McCown situation, the Bears would be best served drafting a young quarterback they can control for the next couple of years.
Keith Wenning is an accurate quarterback who put up some big numbers in the MAC last year. He takes care of the football and shows great poise in the pocket. A season or two with Marc Trestman can turn him into one of the better backups in the league.