Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
7-Round Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
The first thing the Chicago Bears would like to do in regards to the NFL Draft, which begins on May 8, is trade down from pick No. 14. This draft is known for its depth on offense while the Bears will be focusing the majority of their picks on defense.
General manger Phil Emery is also not shy at all about letting the rest of the NFL know that the Bears’ pick is up for grabs saying, “I know at 14, I’m going to be sitting there and there’s going to be a lot of offensive playmakers on the board. This is a deep draft in offensive playmakers and I’m sure my peers recognize that.”
At pick No. 14 in the first round, it also may be a little early for the Bears to select the players they may be interested in such as defensive tackle Aaron Donald and safety Calvin Pryor. Donald is undersized at just 6-foot, 285-pounds, but no defensive tackle has been more impressive on tape. He has continued to impress at the Senior Bowl and again at the combine where he ran a 4.65 time in the 40-yard dash. At 285-pounds, Donald has rare speed for his size and his recent performance has at least put him in the conversation to be a first-round pick. However, teams may still shy away from him with his short height and arm length, meaning he would likely be available if the Bears traded down in the first round or even if they pick for the first time in the second round.
Safety Calvin Pryor also may be a reach at No. 14, but he will still more than likely be selected in the first round. Pryor is currently considered the second best safety to Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but that perception has slowly been changing around the league. Pryor is more of a big hitter than Dix, who excels in coverage, but Calvin Pryor still may be the better overall package of coverage and big play ability.
There may be elite cornerbacks available to the Bears at No. 14 who would be worthy of the selection, but this draft is also very deep at cornerback so the Bears can still find value in the later rounds. At this point the Bears may or may not re-sign Charles Tillman, and after re-signing Tim Jennings in January, cornerback may not be as much of a need as it is today.
For the Bears to acquire the most possible value during the draft, it makes sense for them to trade down and acquire extra picks that will help the team get younger on defense. The more bodies the Bears add on the defensive side of the ball, the better chance they have of finding a legitimate NFL player. Unfortunately, trading down is not possible in a mock draft, so the following first round selection may not go to the Bears at No. 14 on May 8 but still may end up as a draft pick later in the first or second rounds. The following is a seven-round post-combine mock draft for the Chicago Bears.
Round 1: Calvin Pryor - S - Louisville
After the top conerback in the draft Justin Gilbert ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine and benched 20 reps, his stock is on the way up and he will likely not be available for the Bears at pick No. 14. Other possibilities here are a defensive tackle, but the top DT available, Louis Nix, is a better fit as a 3-4 nose tackle. If the Bears do not end up trading their first-round pick, Calvin Pryor may be too much to resist. Pryor has good size and speed, and he should be able to defend both the run and pass at a high level at the NFL. Even if the Bears do trade down, they may be targeting Pryor with a later pick in the first round.
Round 2: Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
Aaron Donald has similar size to former Bear standout Tommie Harris and may actually have a quicker burst and motor than Harris ever did. Donald would perfectly fit the three-technique position and would either be an ideal replacement or form a murderous combination with three-technique DT Henry Melton. Donald did nothing but disrupt college offenses in 2013 as he was a constant presence in offensive backfields, frequently beating his man off the line of scrimmage and immediately wreaking havoc. Donald led the NCAA this year with an amazing 26.5 tackles for loss to go along with 11 sacks. His recent performance at the NFL combine has him in the conversation for the first round this year, but his size will still likely limit him to a second round selection.
Round 3: Deone Bucannon - S - Washington State
The Bears should be looking to add multiple safeties in the draft, and Deone Bucannon has improved his stock at the combine by running a 4.49 40-yard dash. As a big safety at 6-foot-1, 211-pounds who also posted an impressive 36.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump, Bucannon has a chance to be an impact player at the next level. Beyond his strong combine, Bucannon also has the college production to back up his numbers recording six interceptions with three forced fumbles and 114 tackles in 2013.
Round 4: Keith McGill - CB - Utah
The Bears will take a cornerback at some point in the draft and may opt to wait a bit to pick one with nice depth at the position. Keith McGill is a huge corner at 6-foot-3 and improved his stock at the combine with a 4.51 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. McGill can be groomed as the heir to Charles Tillman and would add a nice combination of size and athleticism to the Bears' defensive backfield.
Round 5: Tyler Larsen - C - Utah State
Center Roberto Garza is an unrestricted free agent, and while the Bears have said they would like to re-sign him it would be smart for them to draft his replacement this year as Garza will be 35-years-old at the start of the season. Tyler Larsen has good size at 6-foot-3, 317-pounds and is known as a scrappy player who could be a nice developmental pick.
Round 6: Dri Archer - RB/WR - Kent State
Dri Archer is a younger and faster version of Dexter McCluster who is nearly the exact same size (5-foot-8, 170 pounds) and played running back in college while lining up at both running back and wide receiver in the NFL. McCluster seems like a player that offensive guru Marc Trestman would love to get his hands on, but instead the Bears can save money and draft a younger and faster version of McCluster by selecting Dri Archer with a late-round pick. Archer ran an official 4.26 40-yard dash, narrowly missing Chris Johnson's record of 4.24 -- one scout unofficially clocked Archer at a 4.18 seconds. During his college career Archer amassed 4,890 yards and can be an offensive playmaker at the next level if he's used creatively.
Round 7: Casey Pachall - QB - TCU
Casey Pachall has the size and attributes to play quarterback at the NFL level standing at 6-foot-5 and 230-pounds with a strong and accurate arm. Pachall led the NCAA in passer efficiency as a sophomore in 2011, completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 2921 yards and 25 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. He was off to a strong start in 2012, throwing 10 touchdowns to just one interception and completing 66 percent of his passes through four games. However, Pachall was then arrested for a DUI and subsequently sought treatment at a rehab facility and did not play the rest of the year. His senior year in 2013 was disrupted by injuries and a player who looked like a promising NFL prospect is now ticketed for a late-round pick, if he is drafted at all. Casey Pachall's size and skill make him the perfect kind of player for the Bears to spend a late-round pick on and develop over the next few years.
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