Cubs

Evaluating the Bears' draft grades

748865.png

Evaluating the Bears' draft grades

As soon as every selection is made in a draft, its analyzed: according to the player, according to the need, according to the scheme, according to whatever there is to according to.

The trouble with critiques, however, is that they are based on projection in these cases, not real fact. You have the college performance database but now are valuing the same player in an entirely different level of his game.

Sort of like rating college recruiting classes. High school players will develop but not all at the same rate or to the same ultimate level as others. So there is a time factor; NFL teams dont grade players on freshman-year play, but draft grades actually are assigning a value to a player before his freshman NFL season.

Nevertheless, its always amusing (and sometimes bemusing) to see how Bears drafts are graded:

NBC Sports Rotoworlds Evan Silva rates the first Phil Emery draft a "B" based largely on the first four picks, particularly wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey at No. 2. "Only time will tell but this looks like GM Phil Emerys first win," Evan concludes.

Longtime Platteville chum John Czarnecki over at FOXSports isnt so sure about the win thing. Czar likes the key top four picks generally but drops the overall to a C- because they didnt address their offensive line needs.

The offensive-line thing bothers Mel Kiper out at ESPN.com, and NFCNorther Kevin Seifert comes in with a C with Mels comment cited: Im really surprised they had six picks and didnt get a single offensive lineman.

The View from the Moon doesnt remotely subscribe to the OL hand-wringing, so exception taken with Mel and Czar on that one.

And on the Bears draft grade? Easy. I am solidly with colleague Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com, who awarded the same grade to every team.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

kyle.jpg
USA TODAY

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

joe.jpg
USA TODAY

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: