The NFL Draft is just a few days away, so this will be my final mock. As I did in the last one, I’m selecting heavily on the defensive side of the ball for the Bears, which should come as no surprise to anyone who watched the dismal showing by the defensive unit last year.
Note that this is a full-round mock. The Bears gained an extra sixth-round pick from Tampa Bay but lost their seventh rounder to the Cowboys.
Time is running short, so let’s get right to it.
Round 1: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
I still like Donald, but am hearing that the Giants are interested in him at 12, so I’m going with a safety in this spot. I know Emery said defensive line is the most important defensive position, but I can’t justify a DE or a different DT at 14.
Some of you may prefer Calvin Pryor, but I have Dix higher on my board. While Pryor is better in run support, Dix is surprisingly solid there also, plus has better ball skills and is a full two inches taller than Pryor. Either would be a significant upgrade at free safety for the Bears.
Previous Pick: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Round 2: Stan Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
Tillman isn’t getting any younger, and I don’t like the idea of drafting another safety and turning him into a corner.
Baptiste has great size at almost 6’3” and, like Richard Sherman, is a converted WR. He’s big and physical, has elite leaping ability, and would be a terrific value pick in the second round.
Previous Pick: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
Round 3: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
I realize the Bears have lots of need along the defensive line, and I haven’t taken a tackle yet, but Moncrief is too good to pass up at this point in the draft.
Moncrief has legitimate 4.4 speed and terrific leaping ability. At 6’2” he has decent size as well. He could stretch defenses, allowing Jeffery and Marshall to get open underneath.
Previous Pick: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Round 4: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
Reid would be a huge value pick this late in the draft, but if he is still on the board and the Bears haven’t yet picked a 3-technique, they should jump at the chance to take Reid.
He has good initial burst and first step quickness, and he possesses a lot of upside in pass rush. There may be others who are better than Reid in run support still on the board, but he has too much athletic ability to pass up. If he is gone by 117—and it’s a distinct possibility—then I’ll take Sharmar Stephen out of Conneticut. He may lack the quick burst of a 3-technique, but is a true two-gap defender vs. the run and plays with an extremely high motor.
Previous Pick: Will Clarke, DE, Virginia
Round 5: Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M
Westbrooks could go earlier, but if still on the board, would be another great value pick this late in the draft. He is a little raw, but has athleticism, displaying a quick burst and is very aggressive. He has even logged time as a 3-technique DT in college.
Despite playing at West Texas and having some character flaws, Westbrooks could be the hidden jewel of this draft.
Previous Pick: Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
Round 6 (#183): Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky
Williamson is a quick, agile middle linebacker who is a solid open-field tackler. The rap on him is he’s not very physical, but this late in the draft, everyone has serious question marks.
Previous Pick: Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
Round 6 (#191): Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
Another repeat selection from the previous mock, Pierre-Louis is an athletic player, though kind of a “tweener”.
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