LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Most expected the Chicago Bears to address quarterback via post-draft free agency. Perhaps they still do. Instead, the organization began filling the need by taking Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour in the sixth round.
At pick No. 181, it's tough to knock this selection. After Jay Cutler, the Bears were looking to find another quarterback to plug into the depth chart along with Caleb Hanie. Brett Basanez did a marvelous job last season basically coaching the quarterbacks from the sidelines, but the team knew it needed an upgrade in the talent department.
Enter LeFevour, who passed for 12,905 yards and 102 touchdowns, while running for 2,948 yards and 47 scores at Central Michigan.
"We were all together as a team on that [taking LeFevour]," Bears Midwest scout Jeff Shiver said. "My word, he's won so many games. Hey, he's a sixth-round pick too, that's kind of a steal in itself."
"A long time ago I missed a quarterback in the sixth round, and I think he's still with the Patriots," Shiver said.
The Bears don't need LeFevour, who played at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill., to be Tom Brady. They need insurance in case something happens to Cutler. All reports on LeFevour have been extremely positive, so if he displays the necessary arm strength and ability to learn Mike Martz's offense, it's easy to imagine him fitting in very well at Halas Hall.