2016 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears Pre-Combine Seven-Round Mock

By Clyde A. Speller

With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quickly approaching, teams will have a lot to analyze regarding all of the potential pro prospects who will be participating. The Chicago Bears have the luxury of owning nine draft picks, and how they approach this year’s combine will be vital to how they use those picks. Here’s my pre-combine seven-round mock draft for the Bears.

2016 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears Pre-Combine Seven-Round Mock
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1. First Round (11th overall): Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

First Round (11th overall): Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
With the future of Shea McClellin up in the air, Chicago could have their sights set on Reggie Ragland. The Bears’ 22nd ranked run defense suffered in 2015, and Ragland could definitely help improve it.

1. First Round (11th overall): Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

With the future of Shea McClellin up in the air, Chicago could have their sights set on Reggie Ragland. The Bears’ 22nd ranked run defense suffered in 2015, and Ragland could definitely help improve it.

2. Second Round (41st): Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

Second Round (41st): Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Bears recently released Jermon Bushrod, and Charles Leno Jr. is still a work in progress. Shon Coleman could be considered an upgrade at the left tackle spot.

2. Second Round (41st): Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

The Bears recently released Jermon Bushrod, and Charles Leno Jr. is still a work in progress. Shon Coleman could be considered an upgrade at the left tackle spot.

3. Third Round (72nd): Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

Third Round (72nd): Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State Credit: Getty Images
The soon-to-be 33-year-old Jay Cutler has four years left on his contract. However, Chicago should get a QB to groom for the future, and Christian Hackenberg has the size and mechanics to be the Bears’ next man under center.

3. Third Round (72nd): Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

The soon-to-be 33-year-old Jay Cutler has four years left on his contract. However, Chicago should get a QB to groom for the future, and Christian Hackenberg has the size and mechanics to be the Bears’ next man under center.

4. Fourth Round (103rd): Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Fourth Round (103rd): Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Xavien Howard recorded 10 interceptions in just two seasons as a starter at Baylor. His nose for the ball will help a Bears defense that had only eight picks in 2015 (tied for 30th in the NFL).

4. Fourth Round (103rd): Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Xavien Howard recorded 10 interceptions in just two seasons as a starter at Baylor. His nose for the ball will help a Bears defense that had only eight picks in 2015 (tied for 30th in the NFL).

5. Fifth Round (150th): Graham Glasgow, G, Michigan

Fifth Round (150th): Graham Glasgow, G, Michigan Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Although Graham Glasgow played center for Michigan, his versatility can allow him to shift to guard for the Bears. He could possibly replace the struggling Vladimir Ducasse.

5. Fifth Round (150th): Graham Glasgow, G, Michigan

Although Graham Glasgow played center for Michigan, his versatility can allow him to shift to guard for the Bears. He could possibly replace the struggling Vladimir Ducasse.

6. Sixth Round (188th): Aziz Shittu, DE, Stanford

Sixth Round (188th): Aziz Shittu, DE, Stanford Credit: Getty Images
As the 2016 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP, Aziz Shittu could bring depth to the Bears’ D-line rotation and help penetrate the line of scrimmage against the run.

6. Sixth Round (188th): Aziz Shittu, DE, Stanford

As the 2016 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP, Aziz Shittu could bring depth to the Bears’ D-line rotation and help penetrate the line of scrimmage against the run.

7. Sixth Round (207th from New England Patriots): Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College

Sixth Round (207th from New England Patriots): Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Veteran Antrel Rolle seems to be a shell of his former self, and there’s a chance that he could be released. Adding Justin Simmons could bring youth to an already young safety corps.

7. Sixth Round (207th from New England Patriots): Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College

Veteran Antrel Rolle seems to be a shell of his former self, and there’s a chance that he could be released. Adding Justin Simmons could bring youth to an already young safety corps.

8. Sixth Round (209th from Carolina Panthers): Isaac Seumalo, G, Oregon State

Sixth Round (209th from Carolina Panthers): Isaac Seumalo, G, Oregon State Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
The Bears are really thin at guard along the O-line. Isaac Seumalo, who also played center, could give much-needed depth.

8. Sixth Round (209th from Carolina Panthers): Isaac Seumalo, G, Oregon State

The Bears are really thin at guard along the O-line. Isaac Seumalo, who also played center, could give much-needed depth.

9. Seventh Round (228th): Ryan Malleck, TE, Virginia Tech

Seventh Round (228th): Ryan Malleck, TE, Virginia Tech Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports
There’s a good chance that Martellus Bennett could be traded during the offseason. Chicago will need a reliable backup behind Zach Miller, and Ryan Malleck could be that guy.

9. Seventh Round (228th): Ryan Malleck, TE, Virginia Tech

There’s a good chance that Martellus Bennett could be traded during the offseason. Chicago will need a reliable backup behind Zach Miller, and Ryan Malleck could be that guy.

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