Ever wonder what the draft publications were saying about future Bears players before they left their college campuses? We dusted off some old Pro Football Weekly draft guides, searched for familiar names and found out. Read the following capsules and see just how accurate they were.
Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt*
*First round, 2006 (11th by Broncos)
"Has good size, strength and athletic ability and looks every bit the part. Has a cannon of an arm that allows him to improvise and get out of trouble. Throws a tight spiral, generates great velocity on his ball and can drill the deep out. Relies too much on his big arm and throws off his back foot when he does not have to. Has all the physical tools teams look for in a quarterback, and almost all of his flaws are correctable."
Akiem Hicks, DE, Regina (Saskatchewan)
Third round, 2012 (89th by Saints)
"Intriguing size and length—has vines for arms and large, heavy hands. Athletic movement skills and surprising agility. Nice acceleration and straight-line closing speed. Suffocating tackler. Very raw. Needs to get stronger. Has to refine hand use. Outstanding-sized, extremely long-armed, smooth-muscled, athletic, unpolished former SEC recruit with an intimidating presence, though he is a developmental project."
Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Second round, 2012 (45th)
"Outstanding size and arm length to climb the ladder and outmuscle defensive backs. Attacks the ball in the air and can pluck it away from a crowd. Offers a big target and wide catching radius, and snatches the ball out of the air. Good run strength. Is physically tough and will play through injuries. Outstanding career production. Strong red-zone producer. Not elusive after the catch. Work habits and discipline can improve."
Kyle Long, G, Oregon
First round, 2013 (20th)
"Excellent body length and a very good foot athlete. Can pull, lead up through the hole and strike a moving target. Deep Pro Bowl NFL bloodlines. Has a strong support structure. Average arm length. Needs to get stronger and improve base strength. Inconsistent play history and commitment level. A highly athletic zone blocking left guard, Long has been troubled by the weight of All-American expectations."
Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi
Fourth round, 2012 (112th by Cardinals)
"Outstanding size and arm length with a well-proportioned build. Fairly light on his feet and quickly engages blocks. Flashes some explosion to generate movement off the ball. Good run blocker—can control, steer and seal lanes. Plays with urgency and held up well against SEC competition. Will bend at the waist and fall off blocks. Can stand to play with more power. Average lateral agility."
Pernell McPhee, OLB, Mississippi State*
*Fifth round, 2013 (165th by Ravens)
"Thickly built with very long arms and a sturdy trunk. Naturally strong to defend the run. Plays hard, runs to the ball and shows burst to close. Good balance. Powerful tackler. Needs to refine his technique and hand use. Stays blocked too long and needs to play with better leverage. Looks the part and plays with consistent effort, energy and intensity, though he is raw and will require a strong support system to thrive."
Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky
Sixth round, 2012 (188th by Broncos)
"Exceptional effort production. Plays hard and competes. Good leaping ability. Is tough and will play hurt. A lean, undersized, finesse tackling machine, Trevathan profiles as an active, run-around, two-down, weakside linebacker who thrives on pursuit production. Needs to be covered up to be effective, as he lacks starter-caliber strength, athletic ability and instincts, and will have to earn a spot on special teams."
Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia
Sixth round, 2013 (188th)
"Very thickly-built with long arms. Country strong. Excellent grip/upper body strength. Powerful bull rush. Outstanding size/speed ratio. Explosive tackler. Rare leaping ability. Needs to develop eyes and instincts. Power rushing capable of collapsing the corner and leveraging the edge who could find himself in the Pro Bowl in short time if he learns to channel his energy all of the time, stays focused and learns what it means to compete."