The Chicago Bears didn’t get much production out of the guys they took in the 2012 NFL Draft, mostly due to injury. Here is a look at how the rookies did in 2012:
1st round (#19 overall) – Shea McClellin, DE – 23-year old Shea McClellin played in 14 games for the Bears last year and he had 14 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 tackles for a loss. McClellin has a nice upside if he can get a opportunity to play more.
2nd round (#45 overall) – Alshon Jeffery, WR – 22-year old Alshon Jeffery played in 10 games as a rookie for the Bears and he caught 24 passes for 367 yards (15.3 avg) with 3 TD grabs. He caught 24 of 48 passes (50%) thrown in his direction this year and 17 of his receptions resulted in first downs. He has a huge upside, if he can just stay healthy.
3rd round (#79 overall) – Brandon Hardin, S – 23-year old Brandon Hardin spent his whole rookie season in 2012 due to injury.
4th round (#111 overall) – Evan Rodriguez, FB – 24-year old Evan Rodriguez played in 12 games for the Bears last year and he caught 4 passes for 21 yards (5.3 avg). He also had 1 tackle last year.
6th round (#184 overall) – Isaiah Frey, CB – 22-year old Isaiah Frey spent his entire rookie season on the Injured Reserve List.
7th round (#220 overall) – Greg McCoy, CB – 24-year old Greg McCoy didn’t make the cut for the Bears. He spent his rookie season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.
GRADE FOR 2012: C-
GRADE FOR THE FUTURE: B