Chicago Bears 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 5: 7 Rounds
Chicago Bears: 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft
However, right now these are just rumors and the Bears do have a decision to make at pick No. 20. They are in need of four positions to be filled: linebacker, offensive guard, defensive tackle and tight end. Although they filled the linebacker and tight end spots for the time being, a franchise-type player could be taken in the first round of this year's draft, especially at the linebacker spot to replace Brian Urlacher.
Many people think that if the Bears can address these four positions in the draft, they will be a Super Bowl worthy team.
I have the honor of predicting Chicago's five picks and I will be going to choose based solely on need and not necessarily what they will likely do.
The first pick, however, is easily the most important and will set the table for how the rest of the draft will go for the Bears. Will they go offensive lineman or will they go linebacker? Heck, they could pick a defensive tackle or a tight end, too, despite the filling of those positions temporarily in free agency.
This is a very important draft for this team, possibly one of the most important in recent years and could determine their success in 2013 and beyond.
Like my previous four mock drafts, I try to mix up the players that they could take, but some may always remain the same based on how much I think that player will benefit the Bears.
With just a couple weeks until the draft, here is my week five Chicago Bears mock draft.
First Round: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Alec Ogletree, along with Georgia teammate Jarvis Jones, is considered one of the best linebackers in the entire 2013 draft class. He excelled at the position in the talented SEC and could make a solid pro linebacker. If you excel in the SEC, you will most likely translate that to the next level. Although he's had some recent off-field issues, the Bears won't be scared away from this talent.
Second Round: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Larry Warford could fit a hole that the Bears desperately need filled: offensive guard. They are lacking at the position and need someone to ensure that Jay Cutler won't be on his back every play next year. Warford could be that guy for Chicago.
Fourth Round: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
The Bears aren't necessarily in need of a receiver, but they may be looking for someone to line up on the opposite side of Brandon Marshall since they decided that Devin Hester is no longer being used as a wide out. Kenny Stills is a solid receiver that could eventually blossom into a No. 2 down the line.
Fifth Round: Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
Akeem Spence didn't have quite the year he wanted to have in 2012, but the junior defensive tackle has some good size and potential. He could give the Bears some nice depth at defensive tackle and for a late round pick, this would be perfect for them.
Sixth Round: Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State
Although the Bears picked up a tight end in free agency this offseason, Ryan Otten could give them a nice second option at the position. He is a solid blocker with decent hands and although they already have a starting tight end at the moment, Otten could give Martellus Bennett a run for his money.