Ask Hub: Shea's role, and draft options at TE, RB, QB

H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Chicago's Shea McClellin anticipates Dallas' Tony Romo's snap count in the second quarter Monday, December 9, 2013 at Soldier Field.

In this week's edition of "Ask Hub," Hub Arkush answers your questions about Shea McClellin, some local prospects, options for the Bears in the draft and what to do on defense going forward. Have a Bears question for Hub? Tweet it @bears_insider or @Hub_Arkush.

From @mikebearup17: "Hub with the additions on the line shouldn't they free up Shea to wreak havoc rushing from strong side?"

What exactly have you seen from Shea McClellin to suggest he's capable of wreaking havoc from anywhere on the field? Yes, I think he's a much better prospect at the "Sam" linebacker spot than he was at defensive end, but he absolutely never should have been a defensive end. What the Bears were selling was how well he ran and what a great athlete he was to play defensive end. He just couldn't shed a block to save his life. He's not an exceptional athlete nor does he have unique speed as a linebacker. I do think he has a much better shot at playing the "Sam" spot than he did with a hand on the ground, but you can't count on offenses to allow him to run free on the blitz, and he still has to prove he can shed an NFL tackle or guard before he becomes a factor as a pass rusher, regardless of where he rushes from. This is absolutely the right thing to do with McClellin and he really is a great kid who will work his butt off at it so I am truly puling for him. But it's no better than 50-50 that he'll succeed as a linebacker.

From @Rufio8675309: "Hey Hub could you see the Bears possibly drafting the TE out of Iowa (C.J. Fiedorowicz) in the 2nd or 3rd round?"

Fiedorowicz is a great fit behind Martellus Bennett and in a couple years could be ready to be a starter. He is not quite as big as Bennett and not quite as athletic, but a great pass catcher and better in-line blocker than you'd expect right out of college, and Bears want tight ends who can do both. His ceiling isn't quite as high as Bennett's, but he's going to play in the league a long time. Fiedorowicz is not a second round prospect though, and the Bears debate may be that 82 in the third round could be a tad high for him, but 117 in the fourth round will almost certainly be too late.

From @apatel2778: "Any chance Bears pick C.J. Mosley or Kony Ealy (at) 14?"

C.J. Mosley would be outstanding value at 14 in the first round. Kony Ealy is probably the second best pure 4-3 right end prospect in the draft after Jadeveon Clowney, but 14 may be a bit high for him and I'm not sure the Bears will want to use their best pick on another end after signing six of them - Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Israel Idonije, Trevor Scott and Austen Lane - in free agency. Mosley might project at any linebacker spot in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, but I suspect his best spot will be at the "Will" 'backer in a 4-3 where Lance Briggs currently resides. Nothing wrong with drafting Briggs' eventual replacement, especially if he can be a perennial Pro Bowler. But it's looking more and more like that may be the only fit for Jon Bostic, and you hate to write off last year's No. 2 pick already.

From @Aaron_Leming: "Do you think CB is as high of a priority as some think? 1st round seems high for a spot where starters are decided."

Yes, cornerback is a critical need for the Bears. First of all, you can never have too many corners in the NFL, and especially in the NFC North with Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and now Cordarrelle Patterson to worry about. Another concern is this: Kelvin Hayden will be an upgrade over Isaiah Frey at the nickel but the Bears are dangerously thin if Charles Tillman or Tim Jennings gets nicked again, and Peanut can't play forever. Also, keep in mind that if you draft a Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard, either could start at free safety for a year or two before taking over Tillman's spot. Or, better yet, whether he likes it or not, move Peanut to safety where he'd be a huge upgrade and plug a top rookie in on the corner.

From @randywedo57: "Which RB would be available in the 4th, 5th that would make sense for the Bears. Storm Johnson, Jeremy HIll?"

Jeremy Hill will be long gone by the fourth round and Storm Johnson you might very well find in the fifth or sixth round. The most likely fourth-round choices are Bishop Sankey out of Washington, Towson's Terrance West, Devonta Freeman from Florida St., Lache Seastrunk from Baylor, Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon or West Virginia's Charles Sims, although any of that group could go as high as the third round or last until to the fifth. Dri Archer from Kent St. and De'Anthony Thomas out of Oregon are also late second to mid-fourth-round prospects, but both are undersized speedsters who probably won't fit Marc Trestman's mold of strong pass pro blockers.

From @nickmarnejon: "Is Danieal Manning on the radar at all?"

There's been no indication of interest from the Bears in Manning so far as the first two teams to try and jump on him were the Bengals and Chiefs. Remember, Manning is a Jerry Angelo/Lovie Smith guy who had to go to Houston to find himself. He did play very well in the Texans 3-4 scheme which seemed to fit him better than the Bears' base Tampa-2. Never say never, but so far, it appears there are teams prepared to pay him more than the Bears might be willing to, so I'd cal it a long shot at best.

From @jrtheamazing: "We are obviously [going] to take a QB in a later round. 1. Who do you believe the Bears are high on? 2. Who do you like?"

Are you actually quoting someone with the Bears, or is that just your opinion? There is nothing obvious with the Bears when it comes to Phil Emery's drafting. Should they draft a young quarterback to groom? Absolutely. Will they . . . I love Jimmy Garoppolo but it's looking more and more like he won't get past the second round and I'd be really surprised if Emery pulled the trigger that quickly. Assuming we're talking fifth round or later, Zach Mettenberger out of LSU could still be on the board and I'd jump all over him. Love him as a developmental prospect if his knee checks out. I think A.J. McCarron is going to have a fine NFL career and some have him in the fourth round but I think he goes late first, mid-second round the latest. I'd also love to see Trestman work with Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, but again, I just don't see any way he makes it to the fifth round. I'd definitely use a four on him or Mettenberger. Tom Savage out of Pittsburgh should be there in the fifth round and may be the best QB prospect available at that point.

From @BPspeak: "Do you think (6-foot-3) Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste is on the Bears radar? A Tillman protege perhaps?"

Jean-Baptiste is a cornerback in a safety's body with great size for the position but short arms and tiny hands for a guy 6-3, 218. His 4.61 40-yard dash time doesn't excite you on the corner and other than his size for that spot, not much else really jumps out at you. He'd certainly be a reasonable value to try and develop in the fourth or fifth round, but I'd be lying if I said I have any idea what the Bears do or don't think about him. Keep in mind the Bears don't share their scouting reports with the media and you wouldn't want them to.

From @stcollins23: "Of the 'second tier' safeties, who fits the Bears best in the second or third round?"

My personal choice is Deone Bucannon from Washington State in the second round, doubt he'll still be around in the third. LSU's Craig Loston and Marqueston Huff could be interesting in the third round. I like Jimmie Ward from Northern Illinois, but not enough to use more than a fourth-round pick on him.

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