Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chicago Bears Rounds 1-7 Mock Draft

CHICAGO BEARS - Rounds 1-7

Thank Ditka the 2011-2012 season has finally officially come to an
end. An abysmal fall from grace, I attribute solely to Jay Cutler’s
thumb, has found the Bears scheduled to pick 19th in the first round
of the 2012 NFL draft. Is anyone else pissed the Bears finally found
a way to win again against Minnesota in week 17? This pointless win
moves us from the 11th pick to the 19th, groan.
So far the offseason has created some gaps off the field. With Jerry
Angelo and Mike Martz gone and Mike Tice promoted to Offensive
Coordinator, the new look front office has their work cut out for
them. Chicago has desperate needs at Wide Receiver, Safety, Corner,
OL, TE and ancillary needs at backup QB, RB, and LB. Good news for
the economy, the Bears are hiring everywhere but kicking positions.

Round 1:
There’s a possibility the Bears take a true skill position player in
the first round of the draft, a feat that hasn’t been attempted since
2005’s selection of Cedric Benson. And with fans clamoring for a big
play wide receiver, and the possibility of local(ish) boy Michael
Floyd still being on the board at 19, it seems like the not quite
Irish Floyd is the easy pick. However, with such a deep crop of wide
outs in not only this year’s draft, but also free agency (Vincent and
Desean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, etc) I see Chicago
looking elsewhere with their first round pick.
Ideally Mark Barron or Dre Kirkpatrick would fall to 19 and the Bears
could sure up some of their secondary concerns. Although both would
be ideal, the likelihood just isn’t there. Instead I foresee them
drafting, OT Mike Adams from Ohio State. 
Sure he’s no Carimi but at
this point in the day he will be the best available tackle left on the

Round 2:
A lot of second/third rounder type CB talent left on the board here, I
don’t see any shocking developments here in the second round. Look for
Chicago to grab either corner Chase Minnefield (Virginia) or Trumaine
Johnson (Montana). Either one should vie for a starting job opposite
first time Pro Bowler Charles “Peanut” Tillman. 
With the edge going to Johnson based on his 6’2” frame.

Round 3:
With two picks in the third Chicago has a few options here, and may
have already packaged one or two of these picks to reach up in the
earlier rounds. However if they hold on to both, I like the Bears to
select, WR Nick Toon (Wisconsin) and TE LaDarius Green (LA-Lafayette).
Both weapons in the passing game if still on the board will be hard
to pass up.Toon likes getting the ball over the middle and is over 6 feet tall, two attributes the wide receiver core are lacking at the moment.
Green may not have the blocking prowess Martz was a fan of, however is
a great receiving TE and the Bears may reach for him in the third.

Round 4:
Great value should be available here in the fourth round, I look for
the Bears to fill a need at DE with Malik Jackson (Tennessee). A
monster at 6’5” could rotate in nicely on the defensive line.

Round 5:
The linebacking corps not getting any younger, so look for Chicago to
snag either of these two outside linebackers, Keenan Robinson (Texas)
or Brandon Lindsey (Pitt) to back up Briggs or supplant Roach at OLB.
Both have great potential and can fit into the 4-3 scheme.

Round 6:
Question marks around Major Wright’s abilities have the Bears thinking
insurance late in the draft, and I have them selecting safety Winston
Guy (Kentucky). A nice size for the position, although not a huge
hitter, Guy has the ability to rack up the tackles.

Round 7:
And finally Chicago will add some depth to the offensive line here in
the final round. And look for them to select another big body in
Antoine McClain, a 6’6” guard out of Clemson.

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