Chicago Bears 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 7: 7 Rounds
Chicago Bears: 7-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has a lot of decisions to make this week. Should he trade his No. 20 overall pick for a couple of picks in the later rounds, or should he stick with it? Should he draft a linebacker, a tight end or an offensive lineman with his first pick?
There's no doubt that Emery's phone will be ringing off the hook when the 2013 NFL Draft rolls around this weekend -- he has even said teams are already starting to contact him about the Bears' first-round pick.
Wherever they decide to go with their five -- or more -- picks in the draft, they definitely have a handful of needs to fill. An offensive guard would be a huge help as their line has been an area of focus this offseason.
A guard is not the only position that needs filling as linebacker, cornerback, wide receiver and defensive lineman positions all have 'now hiring' signs up in their respective windows.
While Marc Trestman has had success in the CFL, adjusting to the NFL style of play won't be an easy transition. Emery, however, has complete confidence in the new head coach and hopes that he will bring the city of Chicago its 10th NFL league title and second Super Bowl title, the last one coming in 1985.
Anything is possible these days in the NFL. If a wildcard team can win the Super Bowl last season, then a team that was 10-6 and barely missed the playoffs in 2012 can surely make a run in 2013.
Bears fans expect a lot out of this team and deservedly so. They are likely to be contenders to win the division and contend for a league title.
Time will tell how good this team can truly be, but for now, let's talk about the 2013 NFL Draft.
First Round: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Despite signing and re-signing many veteran offensive linemen including tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jonathan Scott, they still need major help on the interior. Jonathan Cooper has the size and talent to be their offensive guard of the future. This may be wishful thinking as Cooper could go in the top 10, but if he falls to the Bears, which is possible, the guard will likely go no farther than the No. 20 pick.
Also consider: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Second Round: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Arthur Brown was once thought to be a top-20 pick, but a few injuries to the linebacker has dropped him in a lot of projections. The Bears have shown great interest in him and has been thought to be one of the most talented linebackers in the class. If he can drop to their pick in the second round or a possible trade to move up and get him, they will likely do so.
Also consider: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Fourth Round: Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Being compared to Mike Wallace for a fourth to fifth round prospect is quite the honor. Marquise Goodwin can become the No. 2 receiver for the Bears and a deep-threat with his 4.27 40-yard dash speed. He was a track runner at Texas as well and could be one of the few missing offensive pieces that the Bears need to make a run.
Also consider: Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
Fifth Round: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Jordan Poyer could be one of those dynamic players in the NFL that every team yearns for. He has strong coverage skills, but his strength could use some extra work. Special teams could be his home for the first couple of seasons as a gunner as he will try to earn a spot in the secondary. Seven interceptions, 50 tackles, two sacks and a defensive touchdown is enough to make any NFL team salivate. The Bears better hope he is around in the fifth round, however.
Also consider: Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
Sixth Round: Malliciah Goodman, DE/DT, Clemson
Malliciah Goodman is a solid sixth-round choice if the Bears were to take a chance on him. He is a decent-sized defensive end that, if a bit of size is added, could make a solid defensive tackle at the next level. He had an average season in 2012, but really stood out in the Chik-fil-A Bowl game for Clemson against LSU with four tackles and three sacks. He finished the season with 18 tackles and seven sacks, but missed three games.
Also consider: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma