Chicago Bears 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: 7 Rounds
Chicago Bears 2013 Mock Draft: 7 Rounds
The calender shows just over a month until the 2013 NFL Draft and the Chicago Bears are eager to make sure they make the right picks, especially after their free agent pick-ups this week.
Free agency opened up this week and the Bears made quite a splash, filling some of their needs adequately. They picked up one of the best and most durable offensive tackles in the league in Jermon Bushrod along with tight end Martellus Bennett.
Although the need of a tight end and tackle were filled, there is still somewhat of a void at those position, even if it's a backup role. The Bears could easily still draft a player at each of those positions, and I would be shocked if they didn't.
The Bears need a lot of things and after hiring new head coach Marc Trestman, the Bears' fans are hoping a Super Bowl win is on the list of needs for the franchise, not having won a Super Bowl since 1985. In Chicago, championships are a defining benchmark for a franchise, with the exception of the Chicago Cubs.
It's true-- the Bears are approaching 30 championship-less years and that is starting to wear on the franchise. The new head coach may have a short leash as a playoff appearance in his first two seasons may be imperative if he plans on staying in Chicago for an extended period of time.
The Bears have many needs, but I am going to take a look at who they plan on taking in this updated mock draft.
First Round: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Although the Bears picked up an offensive tackle in free agency, it's always nice to have depth. Bushrod is only 28 years old, but having a young, talented offensive lineman like D.J. Fluker learn under an already-established NFL lineman would be nothing but positive. Bushrod is with the Bears for five years, but maybe after Fluker learns and maybe gets some reps in with the team, he will take over as his successor in 2018.
Second Round: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Chicago is looking for speed in their passing game and a home run threat. Although they already have Devin Hester as a speedy receiver, they would like to keep him as strictly a return man and draft a speedy guy to catch passes. Stedman Bailey could be that guy who can make big plays and beat people deep down the field. He was one of the best receivers in the country in 2012 and the only reason he isn't a first-round pick is because of his 5-foot-10, 195-pound stature. This guy will be good.
Fourth Round: Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
If Kiko Alonso can drop to the Bears at pick No. 114, they would be wise to take the talented Oregon linebacker. It has been well-noted that Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher are getting up there in age and a replacement for them would be wise to take in this year's draft. While Alonso is kind of a raw talent, a bit of mentoring from two of the league's best linebackers would be perfect for him.
Fifth Round: Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
Another position that the Bears seemingly took care of in free agency, tight end is a tough position to predict. Although Bennett seems like a solid fit at tight end, they may be looking to draft someone to give him a breather every once in a while. Dion Sims is one of the better prospects at this position in the draft and his size, skill and potential could one day make him a Pro Bowl-type player.
Sixth Round: Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
Sanders Commings isn't a top cornerback prospect but he has been a model of consistency at Georgia. With their final pick in the 2013 draft, the Bears should aim toward a player that can learn under the aging Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. These two guys can teach Commings so much and turn him into a skilled and knowledgeable corner that the Bears will need once those two are gone.