2014 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears’ Seven-Round Mock 2.0

Full 7-Round Mock for the Bears

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After an utterly disappointing end to their 2013 campaign, the Chicago Bears are determined to make the necessary moves this offseason to get back to the playoffs in 2014. While NFL free agency has been a big part of rebuilding, the Bears will really need to step up their game when the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around.

Here’s a look at what the Bears could do with their seven current picks when May 8 arrives.

1st Round: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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1st Round: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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The Bears seriously upgraded their pass rush this offseason with the additions of Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, but shouldn’t be done adding pieces to the defensive line. With lingering concerns at defensive tackle, the Bears should go out and grab Donald with their first-round pick. While some might consider him too small for the position, his tenacity and elite pass rushing abilities make him a perfect fit at the three-technique.

2nd Round: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

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2nd Round: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

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Throughout the pre-draft process, Exum has been overlooked as a serious NFL prospect. The former Hokie has continuously battled injury issues, but has the natural talent and instincts in coverage to be a starter. Seeing as the Bears are rather thin when it comes to long-term potential at the cornerback position, bringing aboard a player like Exum makes too much sense. He’d be a starter in Chicago sooner rather than later.

3rd Round: Dion Bailey, FS, USC

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3rd Round: Dion Bailey, FS, USC

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Despite signing several safeties since the start of free agency, the Bears are still lacking starting-caliber talent on the backend of the defense. Unless they’re satisfied with Chris Conte as their No. 1 free safety, it’s time for an upgrade. Bailey is a physical, athletic safety who has experience playing all over the field. That versatility, added to his natural athleticism and instincts, would give him the edge for the starting FS job.

4th Round: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

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4th Round: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

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This is a stretch since Lawrence might be gone by the fourth round, but he’s a great fit for the Bears defense. Even with Houston and Young in town, Lawrence is the type of well-rounded defensive end who could eventually take over as an every-down starter in Chicago. He’s explosiveness, does a great job of turning the edge and plays with a mean streak. Sounds exactly like what you’d expect from a Bears defensive end.

5th Round: Storm Johnson, RB, UCF

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5th Round: Storm Johnson, RB, UCF

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For years, the Bears have coveted running backs who are violent runners and can make plays in the passing game. Look no further than Matt Forte for your first example. Moving forward, though, they need to find a reliable backup who can take the place of recently-released Michael Bush. That’s where Johnson comes in. Not only is he a big, physical back, but he's an excellent weapon out of the backfield.

6th Round (via TB): Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina

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6th Round (via TB): Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina

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Even after handing Jay Cutler a huge contract, the Bears still need to worry about the long-term health of the position – especially since Cutler is constantly getting hurt. With Josh McCown gone, Chicago could take to the draft to find their next backup passer. Shaw is an underrated quarterback with the athleticism needed to make plays at the next level. If the Bears can develop him properly, he’ll offer tons of long-term upside.

6th Round: Zac Kerin, C, Toledo

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6th Round: Zac Kerin, C, Toledo

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Roberto Garza isn’t going to be the starting center in Chicago forever. There is only so much time left in his career, at which point the Bears will be forced to find a replacement. It’s time to start putting a contingency plan in place. Kerin is a late-round sleeper who possesses NFL-ready size and plus athleticism. Given a few years to develop, the Toledo product could be the future for the Bears at center.

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