The NFL Draft begins tonight at 7 p.m. The Chicago Bears have the following seven picks in the upcoming draft:
Round 1 - 19th pick within the round / 19 overall
Round 2 -18 / 50 overall
Round 3 - 17 / 79 overall
Round 4 - 16 / 111 overall
Round 5 - 15 / 150 overall
Round 6 - 14 / 484 overall
Round 7 - 13 / 220 overall
In our third mock, we start off with a player that is currently soaring up draft boards. Here's Bear Report's third round of projections for Chicago's seven 2012 draft selections.
DE Chandler Jones
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DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse (6-5, 266)
The premiere draft analyst in the business, Mike Mayock, predicted yesterday that, in three year's time, Jones will be the best defensive player to come from this draft. That's a bold statement. Almost instantly, Jones fired up draft boards. Mock drafts published today have Jones going in the Top 15. He has ideal size and very long arms (35.5 inches), which is crucial for a 4-3 defensive end. He's extremely athletic with very high ceiling. He looks like a starter from Day 1 at the NFL level.
TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson (6-3, 255)
Allen is arguably the best pass-catching tight end in the 2012 class. He runs good routes and has soft hands. He's a mismatch for most linebackers in man coverage and is hard to bring down after the catch. He posted a subpar 4.89 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he's faster on film than his raw speed shows. He has good game speed. He's also a decent blocker. Allen is a good all-around player that would add an extra dimension to Chicago's passing attack.
DT Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati (6-5, 295)
Wolfe had an outstanding senior season, leading the Big East in tackles for loss (19.5) and ranking 12th nationally in sacks (9.5). At the combine, he showed decent speed (5.01 40-yard dash) and good strength (33 bench-press reps). His diagnostic skills are arguably the best of any incoming defensive lineman. He lacks explosiveness but makes up for it with solid technique and leverage. He would make a quality rotational player at 3-technique for the Bears.
WR Joe Adams, Arkansas (5-11, 179)
Adams was an explosive player in college and excels in the open field. Yet his 4.55 40 time at the combine, and his pro day, was slower than most expected. As such, he could fall to the fourth, where the Bears would be happy to grab him. Despite his 40 time, Adams is a burner on the football field. He works well on screens and can beat cornerbacks down the field. He also has great value as a return man. Last year, he returned four punts for touchdowns and was second in the nation in punt return average (16.89). Chicago always looks for good special teams players in the middle rounds and Adams has potential as a receiver as well.
C Michael Brewster
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C Michael Brewster, Ohio State (6-4, 312)
Brewster is a four-year starter and an on-field leader. His experience and competitiveness will make him a quality backup coming into the league and a starter down the line. He has a solid base and can handle bigger nose tackles. Quicker defenders give him trouble, as his in-line footwork needs work. At the second level, he's very good at tracking and engaging linebackers. A great pick for Chicago in the fifth. Brewster can learn behind Garza for a season before challenging for the starting spot.
LB Audie Cole, North Carolina State (6-4, 246)
The Bears would be ecstatic if Cole fell to them in the sixth. He's an experienced prospect who has played both inside and outside linebacker. He's very mobile and does well in coverage. His stock has slipped due to a poor showing at the combine yet his football IQ will make him a valuable player on special teams, at the very least. He's a quick learner who, if he can add strength, has the potential for regular reps in a few seasons.
SS Sean Richardson, Vanderbilt (6-2, 216)
Richardson is one of the biggest safeties in the incoming class. He's a two-year starter that is a very strong tackler. He struggles mightily in coverage and is a pure in-the-box safety. He ran a solid 4.52 40-yard dash at the combine and showed good strength with 22 bench press reps. His athleticism will make him a quality special teams player.
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