The Chicago Bears have worked out three late round project quarterbacks as part of their pre-draft scouting tour, meaning it looks as though Mike Martz has his eye on wasting another draft pick.
Dan LeFevour was a resounding disaster last year after being drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the NFL draft. He lacked arm strength, accuracy and overall football intelligence, but he had athleticism. Unfortunately for the Bears this meant a wasted draft pick and a missed opportunity to potentially grab another offensive lineman.
The three QB prospects who have worked out with the Bears TCU's Andy Dalton, Idaho's Nathan Enderle and North Carolina's T.J. Yates, neither of these three projects higher than the sixth or seventh round. Meaning the Bears will grasping for straws by drafting one of these projects to challenge what they already have in Caleb Hanie.
None of these three is going to come in and play at the same level Caleb Hanie has since he set foot on the field at Halas Hall and during pre-season games and during the NFC Title game against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Hanie has played great given his draft status, that of undrafted free agent. Hanie plays well every chance he's given to see live game action.
Yet there seems to be an insistence in bringing in another young QB who is likely to develop at a slower pace or will be buried behind Hanie on the depth chart. The Bears want to carry two QBs on the roster, this thought process was thrown in flux last year only because Hanie suffered a separated shoulder that caused him to miss the rest of the pre-season and into the regular season. Hanie is a restricted free agent who likely will be back in 2011 and should be without any question.
Yet the audacity of Martz is enraging to say the least. His ego is simply getting the best of him at this point and the Bears are losing their focus on what they have in Hanie, but more importantly in what they DON'T have on the offensive line. The Bears need young talented offensive line depth and it's the position they primarily need to have a healthy level of competition at. It's not out of the realm of plausibility that the Bears could look at drafting three offensive linemen one in the first, and then two more in the middle to late rounds of the draft.
Granted receiver and defensive tackle are needs, but there is still enough youth at CB with D.J. Moore and Joshua Moore that the Bears could justify drafting a third offensive linemen in round six. Certainly it's more likely that they're scrape over the undrafted free agency market for a third O-Linemen, but the position of vast importance certainly isn't QB.
Hanie has earned his roster spot and he's earned a bit of a raise to his NFL player minimum salary, no he doesn't need a hefty raise but given what he's done he at least deserves more respect than the lack of respect Mike Martz seems to be showing him.