And with the 75th pick, the Chicago Bears finally joined the party. The Bears became the last NFC North team to make a 2010 draft selection, using their third-round choice to select Florida safety Major Wright.
Safety is arguably the Bears' top need in the draft, and apparently they made little attempt to hide their affection for him. Amazingly, Wright appeared as the Bears' pick on a number of multi-round mock drafts, including that of ESPN's Scouts Inc.
General manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith have spoken repeatedly about the need to upgrade at safety, so you would have to assume Wright will get every opportunity to win a starting job in training camp. Scouts Inc. considers Wright to be an above-average run defender. Here's a snippet of their evaluation on him:
Can take too long to shed block once engaged and not an ideal in-the box safety but excellent last line of defense. Takes sound pursuit angles and excels at slipping blocks in space. Sound form tackler who shows above-average body control in space and wraps up. Can bring bigger backs to the ground.
No one should have high expectations for a player taken in the upper third of the third round. But given the Bears' limited draft resources and their predicament at safety -- Josh Bullocks and Craig Steltz have been running with the first team in spring drills -- it's fair to predict substantial playing time for Wright as a rookie.