Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
Who did the Broncos end up taking with the picks they acquired in the Jay Cutler trade?
It will probably take a road map, an abacus and some Tylenol to follow exactly what the Broncos did with the draft picks they received from the Bears in the 2009 blockbuster trade, but here goes: The Bears obtained quarterback Jay Cutler and a fifth-round selection (140th overall) they spent on Abilene Christian receiver Johnny Knox in exchange for quarterback Kyle Orton, first-round choices in 2009 (18th) and 2010 (11th) and a third-round pick (84th) in 2009. The Broncos chose Tennessee linebacker Robert Ayers with the 18th selection in 2009, but played hot potato with the other two choices they obtained from the Bears. They dealt the 84th pick along with their 79th selection to the Steelers for the 64th choice they spent on North Carolina tight end Richard Quinn and the 132nd pick they used to take Iowa guard Seth Olsen. In 2010, they traded: 1) The No. 11 selection to the 49ers for Nos. 13 and 113; 2) No. 13 to the Eagles for Nos. 24, 70 and 87; and 3) Nos. 24 and 113 to the Patriots for No. 22 they spent on Georgia Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos also packaged the No. 70 choice they received indirectly from the Bears along with two of their own picks for the No. 25 selection they used to take Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Hope you digested that OK; there will be a multiple-choice quiz!
What type of role do you see Kellen Davis filling for the Bears this season now that Mike Tice has replaced Mike Martz as offensive coordinator and figures to feature tight ends more as receivers?
First of all, Kellen Davis needs to re-sign with the Bears; he’s due to become an unrestricted free agent in March. But based on how glowingly coach Lovie Smith has spoken about him this offseason, I would say that the Bears have high expectations for Davis in the passing game. Smith praised Davis the day after the season ended and addressed the tight end’s potential again last Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, saying: “If you want to feature Kellen Davis, you can do that. Great size, great blocker, in-line blocker, but he’s skilled enough as an athlete to be able to move outside and do some things. I really like him.”
I was watching the Combine on Sunday and was impressed by the size, speed and drills performed by wide receiver Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech. It seemed as if he is an under-the-radar type of guy and I wanted to see if you knew anything about him.
Stephen Hill was definitely an under-the-radar prospect—at least until he ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash Sunday at the Combine. The 6-5, 200-pounder possesses great size and playmaking ability; he averaged 29.3 yards per catch last season at Georgia Tech. The knocks against him are that he’s raw, inconsistent and played in a triple-option offense that limited his development.
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