The Bears are in a great position in this draft. They’ve filled a ton of needs in this off seasons free agency period, and now have a lot of flexibility which is always the goal going into a draft. I’m going to mock based on what I would do not what Phil Emery would do, or how I think the board will fall.
14.) Kyle Fuller -CB- Virginia Tech – At this point I think Aaron Donald is off the board making my pick of Fuller an easy one to make.
I see a number one Cornerback. He’s got the size the strength, the speed, the fluid hips, the hands, the intelligence, The explosive athleticism, and the confidence to take the opponents best WR, and shut him down. What I like most of all about him is his fierce attitude, and versatility. Can blitz and defend the run, and offers lots of scheme possibilities for a creative defensive mind.
51.) Deone Bucannon -SS- Washington State – It won’t take long for Bears fans to like the way this secondary is shaking out. Getting an aggressive physical CB in round one, and than Bucannon in the second will instill an attitude and toughness Chicago Bears fans have been craving for far too long. He’s a great athlete who has explosiveness to his game. His attacking downhill game is fun to watch. Very good tackler who also lowers the boom, and can blitz. Bucannon also has good balls skills and can create fumbles. He’s a turnover making machine.
82.) Kelcy Quarles -DT- South Carolina – Quarles is a kid who would have a good chance sneaking into the end of round one in a normal draft, but this one is far too deep.
It remains to be seen how much of his production came from attention paid to Jadaveon Clowney, and how much was pure ability on Quarles part. Great value here.
117.) Jared Abbrederis- -WR- Wisconsin – Abbrederis is the best route runner in the draft. Has soft reliable hands and a high football IQ. With a team filled with playmakers Abbrederis could be that possession guy Jay Cutler can rely on now that Earl Bennett is gone.
156.) Preston Brown -ILB- Louisville – Brown is another player that brings toughness, and physicality to a defense that looks to be bringing a real edge into games with them. He also reunites with former defensive line coach and recruiter Clint Hurtt.
183.) Marion Grice -RB- Arizona State – Grice is a Matt Forte clone. An all around back. Probably the best hands in the draft at the running back position. Patient runner who is a one cut and go guy like Forte, and a perfect fit for a stretch zone scheme like the Bears run.
191.) Colt Lyerla -TE- Oregon – Physically gifted player who is raw, and needs development, but plays with urgency.
Has off field issues, but should thrive in a stable locker-room like the one the Bears provide. played with Kyle Long who could be a mentor for him who struggled with some of the same issues Lyerla has off the field. H-back type who can fill that flex role well. Can also contribute in the running game and be lined up anywhere to throw blocks.