Chicago Bears 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds
Chicago Bears 2013 Mock Draft: 7 Rounds
Chicago is one of the best sports cities in America and the history of each professional franchise goes back further than most. Winning has become the number one priority in sports and Chicago fans get that and they're hoping that their team owners get that, too.
The Chicago Bears have a winning tradition that goes back many decades, including, most recently, to the 1985 championship team led by head coach Mike Ditka. Although they haven't won a title since that season, they are still known for their toughness and grit.
Shortly after firing their head coach, Lovie Smith, the Bears are looking to upgrade their entire staff, starting with newly-appointed head coach Marc Trestman. The staff isn't the only thing this team needs to upgrade, as the offensive line and linebacking corps are lacking in depth and, some would argue, talent.
With the recent departure of long-time middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher, the Bears will need to turn their focus in the 2013 NFL Draft to a man in the middle that could be the future of the franchise.
The primary focus is to win a Super Bowl within the next couple of seasons, but that still may be too long for many Bear fans to wait for the coveted championship trophy.
Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall have given the offense much-needed upgrades from where it was in years past, but the offensive line continues to hamper the continual progression that the team can make.
The defense is definitely aging, with the linebackers either leaving or close to retirement and the defensive backs approaching the age of 30, it's time to look toward the future on the other side of the ball.
Here is what I think the Bears need to do in the 2013 NFL Draft with the time ticking down to a couple of weeks until many teams start building for the future.
First Round: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Bears have been well-documented as a team with a definite need at quarterback especially with their most recent loss of Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher. With an open spot at that position, Arthur Brown may be the perfect fit for the 'Monsters of the Midway'. Although the likelihood of Brown falling to the No. 20 pick is not high, if he does, the Bears will be sure to jump on it and upgrade their defense for the future.
Second Round: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Bears need some help in the receiving game as Cutler has been running out of targets lately. After picking up a tight end in free agency, they will look for more speed at the wide receiver position and Terrance Williams can be that guy. With Marshall and a speedy Williams as the No. 1 and No. 2 options on the outside, the Bears could have one of the best deep-threat combinations in the game.
Fourth Round: Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri
As previously noted, the Bears need serious help in the effort to find linebacker replacements for Urlacher and Nick Roach as both were lost in free agency. Lance Briggs is also getting up there in age so the demand for that position is heavy for the franchise. Zaviar Gooden could be a linebacker of the future for the Bears and the outside linebacker seems like a perfect fit for their 4-3 scheme.
Fifth Round: Brian Winters, OG, Kent State
Offensive line help could end up being the bulk of the Bears' five draft picks, but for this version of the mock draft, I have them taking just one to help bolster their ailing protection. Brian Winters could be a mid-round selection that ends up helping the team considerably. He was a strong run and pass protector at Kent State and could translate that to the next level to maximize his potential.
Sixth Round: Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State
The defensive backs are getting up there in age and there is nothing worse than a cornerback or safety that can't stay with receivers down the field, let alone make tackles in open space. Johnny Adams has had quite the career at Michigan State, at one time seeing himself as a projected top-20 pick in the draft. Staying for his senior year may have been a mistake as his draft stock fell considerable after a mediocre 2012 campaign, but the corner still has all the potential to be a solid defensive back at the next level.