The Bears have a need at safety and there are three safeties on my wishlist for when the Bears pick 75th in the third round of the NFL Draft. A couple of them might not be there and the Bears are going to have to trade up to get them. The Bears are supposedly going to be quiet in draft, but you never know what will happen. I'm hoping Taylor Mays from USC (projected in the first round), Nate Allen from South Florida (second round, who Lovie Smith seemingly covets) or Major Wright from Florida are still around for the Bears.
Taylor Mays' profile on NFL.com:
"Mays has an outstanding combination of size, strength and athleticism for the safety position. He possesses excellent speed, quickness and burst for his size, which makes him a versatile player who could fit in several different schemes. He has good instincts to attack the alley as a run defender and can make plays in the passing game as a deep safety. He tends to be too aggressive with the ball in the air, trying to make the big hit instead of making a play on the ball. He can be inconsistent with his angles and technique but relies on his great athleticism to recover and make the play. Mays will be highly coveted in this year's draft if concerns about his overall mental makeup are answered."
Nate Allen's profile on NFL.com:
"Allen has been an excellent safety for the Bulls. He has a good combination of size and athleticism. He isn't a consistent physical open field tackler and needs to finish better at the next level. Allen has good balance, foot agility and quickness for his size. He shows good range in pursuit but needs to be more consistent taking angles to the ball. Allen understands leverage and is rarely out of position when defending both the run and the pass. He can re-route receivers with his long arms and is technique sound in combination man and zone coverages. Allen is a good football player that has the mental toughness, size and athleticism to work into a starting position in his rookie season."
Major Wright's profile on NFL.com:
"Wright has good size, strength and toughness for the safety position. He is an instinctive defender that fills the alley quickly versus the run. He is a good open field tackler and can be physical to deliver a big hit. Wright reads route progressions well and is solid leveraging the ball in zone coverage's. He can be inconsistent to shed blockers and will need to improve in this phase of his game at the next level. Wright doesn't have great speed or agility which may limit his ability to be effective in zone coverage. Wright is a good football player that wins with toughness, instincts and technique but may lack the pure athleticism to break into a starting roll at the next level."