With both the Senior Bowl and Combine in the books, we’ve reached a perfect time for an updated mock draft. As usual, we’ll go pick by pick to make sure we discuss each pick thoroughly enough, and as usual, we’re assuming I’m the GM, so I’m not making picks based off who I actually think will go where, but rather who I’d take with the slot. And no, no trade scenarios because they’re infinite.
Here’s a quick rundown of our draft so far: no. 1 Houston Texans (Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina), no. 2 St. Louis Rams (Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M), no. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars (Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville), no. 4 Cleveland Browns (Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M), no. 5 Oakland Raiders (Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn), no. 6 Atlanta Falcons (Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan), no. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson), no. 8 Minnesota Vikings (Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State), no. 9 Buffalo Bills (Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo), no. 10 Detroit Lions (Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M), no. 11 Tennessee Titans (Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA), no. 12 New York Giants (C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama) and no. 13 St. Louis Rams (Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama). With the 14th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, who do the Chicago Bears select?
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri.
This might surprise some who’ve seen us sign DE’s Willie Young and Lamarr Houston, and some (or most) would prefer a DT like Aaron Donald (Pitt). Well I don’t want Houston to play DE for us like he did for the Oakland Raiders. He’s got good size and plays the run well, but doesn’t have the edge rushing skills to be playing outside in an even front. I’m going to push Houston inside to his more natural DT position, where his pass rushing skills can be considered a plus, and would form a good rotation with Nate Collins and Jay Ratliff.
With Ealy, I’m getting a true defensive end. One with good size and length (6-foot 4, 273), who has the strength to keep the edge defending the run, but also the explosion and burst to to get to the QB. Some might be turned off by his 40 time, but all I can think about is his outrageous 3-cone drill number 6.83. Explanation: 3 cone drill is a good way to judge explosion, tight area burst and change of direction skills. Pro Bowl RB LeSean McCoy, one of the shiftiest backs in the league, ran a 6.82. He’s the most complete DE in the draft without the surname Clowney, and could play either strong or weak sides for us.
Who else was considered here? Darqueze Dennard (CB, Michigan State) has to be considered here if he’s still on the board. He’s the most polished cover corner in the draft and we need a youthful infusion of talent in our back end. If Clinton-Dix is still on the board, he should be considered as well.
Eric Ebron (TE, UNC) also would have to be considered in this scenario. Yes, we have Martellus Bennett but Ebron has much higher upside, and you just know HC Marc Trestman would find a ton of different ways to utilize him in our multidimensional offense.