In our third scenario, the Chicago Bears stray from the path expected and grab some risky prospects in the first few rounds, then fill out the rest of the draft with trench players. We'll go pick by pick through each of the team's six selections (29, 62, 93, 127, 160, 195).
It's Chicago's turn to pick in the first round. All of the first-round offensive and defensive linemen are off the board. The team can't find a partner with which to trade down. As such, any players the Bears choose here will be a reach. GM Jerry Angelo doesn't feel any of the interior linemen on either side of the ball will be immediate upgrades. He foregoes the line positions and instead takes …
29 – WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
Near the top of the Bears' list of needs is a No. 1 wide receiver with good size. Baldwin (6-4, 228) certainly fits that description. His combination of size, speed (4.49 40) and leaping ability (42-inch vertical) would give Cutler the jump-ball and end-zone target he desperately needs. Baldwin runs sloppy routes and needs to use his big frame better to shield off defenders but he's as athletically gifted as any receiver in the draft. Chicago would be getting an immediate upgrade at the position and a potential Pro Bowl player down the line.
OLB Dontay Moch
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62 – LB Dontay Moch, Nevada
Moch (6-1, 248) is an athletic freak on par with Texas A&M's Von Miller – the consensus No. 1 overall linebacker in the draft. Moch ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which is sick for a player of his size. He started three years for the Wolf Pack at DE/OLB. He was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. During his collegiate career, he racked up 21.5 sacks. He's better suited for a 3-4 system but he's just too much of a talent for the Bears to pass up.
93 – OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida
Gilbert (6-6, 329) has plenty of experience – having started 30 games in Gainesville -- as well as ideal size for the tackle position. He's versatile as well, having played every position along the offensive line except center. He's an above average pass blocker and a decent run blocker. At the second level, he's solid. Gilbert isn't outstanding in any one area but his versatility and experience will compel Chicago to grab him in the third.
127 – G/C Kristofer O'Dowd, USC
O'Dowd (6-4, 304) has good size and strength. He has quick feet and gets off the ball in a hurry. His long arms and strong hands help him control opposing rushers. He has experience at both center and guard, and was outstanding in the Senior Bowl against top competition. He was a four-year starter for the Trojans but his collegiate career was marred by knee and shoulder injuries. He's talented enough to be a second round pick but the injury concerns will drop him into Chicago's lap in the fourth. If he can stay healthy, he'll provide great depth to the interior of the offensive line.
160 – DT Lawrence Guy, Arizona State
Guy is big (6-4, 305) and explodes off the ball. His stats don't jump out at you but he was routinely double teamed in college due to lack of support on the Sun Devil defensive line. He's a one-gap penetrator who can collapse a pocket from the inside. He'll need to work on his upper body strength and mechanics. Most scouts feel he should have stayed one more year in college, which is why he'll fall to the fifth round. Chicago could slowly rotate him during passing downs and in a few years, he could be a full-time contributor.
195 – CB Korey Lindsey, Southern Illinois
Lindsey (5-10, 189) has sleeper written all over him. He was not a combine invite and tweaked his hamstring in both of his pro day workouts. For those reasons, he'll fly far under the radar. He tallied 13 interceptions as a three-year starter in Carbondale. He's the son of a coach who shows good discipline on the field. In zone coverage he has great instincts and reacts quickly to passes thrown in his area. Chicago defensive backs coach Gill Byrd put Lindsey through a personal workout in late March. The team won't hesitate to take a chance on him with its last pick.
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