Brace yourselves football fans, we have entered the dead period.
The dead period is the period in time before the NFL Draft but after the first wave of NFL Free Agency. With the NFL Draft now pushed back to the first week of May, there is only so much analysis that one can do of NFL Prospects.
Da Windy City has moved past the analysis part of the NFL Draft and simply are now looking to see what prospects will be wearing navy and orange come September. That is why in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, Da Windy City will be running a mock draft series. The series begins with this post as we made our first round selection for the Bears.
Before we break down the pick, a quick shout-out to FanSpeak. FanSpeak’s On the Clock draft simulator is what Da Windy City will be using for this series and is a great tool for any football fan.
Nonetheless, with the 14th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have selected University of Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Donald has NFL Scouts buzzing about the type of player he could be in the NFL. Donald was very impressive at the NFL Combine in February and Bears general manager Phil Emery had given the indication that Donald is high on the team’s big board of NFL prospects.
The early NFL comparison to Donald has been Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins.
Donald had 10 sacks for Pitt last season during their 12 regular season game. In the Little Caesars Bowl, Donald had a sack to go along with five tackles. All together between the regular season and the Little Caesars Bowl game last year, Donald had a total of 59 tackles.
Donald certainly has the potential to be a disruptive force in the NFL. A force that could make the Bears defensive line one of the bests in the NFL in 2014. The Bears have already significantly improved at the defensive end position with additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young. The addition of Donald would sure up the interior of the defensive line and would presumably create favorable matchups for the Bears in 2014.
- I must confess that I did not enter the first round with the intention of drafting Donald. My original intention was to draft a safety in the first round. That plan was quickly thwarted when the Buffalo Bills selected Alabama safety Haha-Clinton Dix with the 9th overall selection and the Tennessee Titans selected safety Calvin Pryor two picks later. That left Donald as the only legitimate option for the Bears at 14. Though, considering his potential, the Bears wouldn’t have any regrets about this scenario.