Friday should certainly be an interesting day for the NFL Draft. With names such as quarterbacks Geno Smith and Matt Barkley, and linebacker Manti Te’o still available on the draft board; rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft should certainly provide for an interesting watch tonight. The Chicago Bears currently are slated to pick once tonight. The Bears hold the 50th overall selection (18th in the second round) and do not possess a third round draft pick. The option is still there for the Bears to attempt to trade down with their second round selection and acquire additional draft selections, though, that does not appear to be a likely scenario.
If the Bears retain their selection in the second round, there are several players available that could fill a need for the team.
- Linebacker Manti Te’o, Notre Dame: Many draft experts were projecting the Bears to draft Te’o with their 20th overall selection in the first round. Te’o went undrafted in the first round. Now, many are projecting that Te’o could slide to the Bears in the second round. If Te’o is available when the Bears are on the clock, it is hard to imagine the team passing on him once again.
- Linebacker Arthur Brown, Kansas State: Brown was one of the many linebackers that the Bears visited with prior to the draft. Interesting enough, some draft experts rank Brown ahead of Te’o. The Bears degree of interest in Brown is not known, though on Thursday, reports made it clear that the Bears are strongly interested in Te’o.
- Tight end Zach Ertz, Stanford: Many Bears fans were disappointed that the team passed on Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in the first round. The Bears were reported to have a strong interest in Ertz prior to the draft, and the team could look to draft the former Stanford tight end with their second round selection on Friday.
Interesting enough, there was one mock second round draft that had the Bears selecting former USC quarterback Matt Barkley with their second round selection. While the Bears do have a need for a quarterback, it seems unlikely that the team would use their second round draft selection on Barkley or any other quarterback when you consider the fact that Jay Cutler is firmly entrenched as the Bears’ starting quarterback.