The Chicago Bears didn’t have a first or second round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. The Bears, in fact, didn’t get to make a selection in the 2010 NFL Draft until the third round. Chicago fans were eagerly awaiting that first pick for the Bears.
With that pick in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears went defense. Does it surprise any Bears fan that Chicago would go with a defensive selection? Major Wright, a safety from Florida, was the 11th pick in the third round to the Bears on day two of the NFL Draft. Wright was the 75th pick overall.
Chicago Bears fans will want to know who is Major Wright? According to this brief story on ESPN, Major Wright is listed at just under 6 foot tall and 206 pounds. Major Wright is a hard hitter-evidenced in this video on YouTube.
There are quite a few YouTube videos showing the exploits of a guy who knows how to lay a hit on his opponent.
Should the Bears have went with a defensive player when they desperately need a wide receiver? That’s the question on many Bears fans minds when Chicago continually seems to add to the defensive side of the ball.
Defense does win championships-but Jay Cutler needs a couple of targets on the offensive side of the ball.
In the Bears defense, there weren’t many quality wide receivers still on the board by the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. Jacoby Ford of Clemson was one of the few still remaining. Can the Bears get a wide receiver in the next few rounds? That’s a question Chicago will need to answer unless they decide to stick with their current wide receivers.
Earl Bennett is growing and has the capability to be a strong receiver. Devin Hester and Johnny Knox are also guys who are capable. But is there a go to guy on the Chicago Bears roster? With the talent left on the board, the Bears probably did the correct thing going with a defensive selection. Major Wright is a guy who could play safety or cornerback in the NFL. He was a three year starter for the Florida Gators at safety.
The Bears could have traded up and tried to land a Dez Bryant type receiver in the early rounds. Unfortunately, the Bears don’t have enough extra talent to unload someone in exchange for such a trade. The Bears mortgaged a lot of their future when they traded for Jay Cutler. Will that trade pay off? The first year was a rough one for Cutler in Chicago. A new offensive coordinator could change the dynamics of that offense completely. The receivers might look more talented in a more wide open Mike Martz system.
The old theory in the NFL is, when in doubt, go defense. The Major Wright selection was probably a good one considering where the pick landed and who was available. Does Major Wright get playing time in 2010?
I don’t think there is any doubt that Major Wright will see significant minutes in 2010 on the defensive side of the ball. Major Wright might not be a starter on day one, but he has the potential to fill the starting role for years to come after he adjusts to the speed and intelligence of the NFL.
Kevin Seifert, “The Chicago Bears Get Their Safety”, ESPN.com