For nearly every team in the NFL, the pick they take in the first round will typically dictate how the rest of the draft plays out. The same goes for Chicago. In our last mock draft, the Bears chose Baylor guard Danny Watkins in the first and the thus began the domino effect.
In this second mock draft, let's consider a scenario where Chicago passes on the offensive line in Round 1. We'll go pick by pick through each of the team's six selections (29, 62, 93, 127, 160, 195).
All of the first-round offensive linemen the Bears are targeting have come off the board. With Tommie Harris' days over in Chicago, the team decides to reach for a three-technique defensive tackle …
29 – DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina
Austin (6-2, 309) is a prototypical one-gap tackle. He is stout against the run and has demonstrated the ability to get very good pass-rush penetration. His quick first step and outstanding strength will allow him to be very productive at the next level. His Scouting Combine numbers were far better than most of the competition at his position. He missed all of the 2010 season at UNC due to improper dealings with an agent, so he brings with him some major baggage. GM Jerry Angelo isn't afraid to put talent over character, though, and pulls the trigger on Austin.
C/G Stefen Wisniewski
62 – C/G Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
Wisniewski (6-3, 313) has ideal size for an interior lineman. He started full seasons at both center and guard in college. He's a smart, athletic and versatile player who shows great technique. He can be a starter right away. If he falls this far, it'll be an easy decision for Angelo.
93 – CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville
Patrick (5-11, 191) plays bigger than his size. He doesn't have great speed (4.59 40 at the combine) but the Bears don't need burners at the position. He's very physical and should excel in zone coverage at the next level. Patrick could learn behind Charles Tillman and should be able to quickly take over the starting spot from Tim Jennings.
127 – WR Greg Little, North Carolina
Word out of the league is many teams are interested in Little and he could jump all the way into the second round. I don' t buy it. His character problems make Austin look like a Boy Scout. Little should drop to the fourth, where the Bears would be happy to take him. He's big (6-2, 231) and has decent speed (4.51 40). He's a former RB with outstanding open-field abilities. If he keeps his head on straight, Chicago would be getting the steal of the draft.
160 – OLB Brian Rolle, Ohio State
Rolle (5-10, 229) was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes. He has great speed (4.53 40) for his position and even worked out as a defensive back at Ohio State's pro day. His size is far from ideal, which will cause him to fall to this spot. Chicago will take the chance on him being a future starter at outside linebacker, or possibly strong safety, and will utilize his speed on special teams.
195 – QB T.J. Yates, North Carolina
Chicago grabs its third Tar Heel of the draft in Yates (6-4, 220). He does not have ideal arm strength or accuracy, and has shown a lot of inconsistency in his decision-making. He's a smart player, though, who improved each year in college. The Bears are looking for a developmental player at the position and Yates fills that need.
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