Phil Emery's first draft haul as general manager of the Chicago Bears has received middling reviews from most draft critics, but Evan Silva of Rotoworld is a bit more rosy about the quality of Chicago's 2012 draft class. In his 2012 draft grades assessment, Silva gives the Bears a "B+," noting that it may be Emery's "first win."
Silva particularly liked the Bears first two picks, citing the potential of first round pick Shea McClellin's disruptiveness as a pass rusher and saying that the addition of wide receiver makes Chicago's receiving core "among the most potent in football." As far as lower round picks go, most draft watchers praised the pick of Oregon State cornerback Brandon Hardin, but Silva particularly liked the pick of Temple tight end Evan Rodriguez at No. 111 overall, who Silva favorably compares to Aaron Hernandez.