Welcome back to our BearReport.com Mock Draft Series, where we put ourselves in GM Phil Emery's shoes and select a player for each of the Chicago Bears' five draft picks, with analysis and reasoning for the selections.
So let's get right to our second installment.
Round 1 (20th overall)G Chance Warmack, Alabama (6-2, 317)
There are many mock drafts that have Warmack selected long before Chicago picks at 20, yet recent history shows that scenario to be very unlikely. Consider this, the last pure guard to be selected in the Top 15 was Leonard Davis in 2001 (2nd overall). Since then, 11 NFL drafts have come and gone and not one single guard has sniffed the Top 15. In fact, the only guard to even breach the Top 20 was Mike Iupati at 17th overall in 2010. Beyond that, the top half of the first round has been a wasteland for guards. So while draftniks continue to slot both Warmack and UNC's Jonathan Cooper high in the first, history shows us that is highly unlikely to happen. Top 15 picks are used on immediate impact players, a category under which guards do no fall. It could happen that one of those guards is selected early but the odds of both being gone before 20 are very slim. So the chances are very good that Warmack, a mauling guard who would provide stability along the interior of the Bears' offensive line, will be available to Chicago in the first round. If he is, Emery can pick with confidence a player who fills the last position of dire need on offense.
Round 2 (50th overall)LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (6-1, 241)
Greene was highly productive during his collegiate career and was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year his senior season. He's a chase linebacker with good speed and quickness. At the NFL Scouting Combine, his 4.20-second short shuttle, designed to measure quickness and change-of-direction ability, was second best amongst linebackers. He needs to put on a few more pounds to help him stabilize at the point of attack but Greene has the makings of a pure 4-3 outside linebacker. He may need a year backing up Lance Briggs but he has the potential to be Chicago's weak-side starting linebacker for the next decade.
Round 3 (82nd overall)Traded to the Miami Dolphins for Brandon Marshall.
Round 4 (117th overall)CB Brandon McGee, Miami (5-11, 193)
McGee is very fast (4.40 40-yard dash) and has outstanding quickness (6.71 3-cone). He's not overly physical but he's very aggressive when the ball is in the air. After developing rapidly his junior year at Miami, McGee was pegged as the team's No. 1 corner out wide his senior season, where he struggled. Facing the opposition's best wideout each week, McGee had some very poor outings. This doesn't mean he can't play in the NFL, it just indicates he might be better suited as a nickelback in a zone-heavy scheme. It just so happens the Bears need a young slot corner for their Cover 2 defense. Chicago conducted a private visit with McGee a few weeks ago, so the club has already shown interest. In this mock, he's available in the fourth, and the Bears are quick to snatch him up.
Round 5 (153rd overall)RB/WR Denard Robinson, Michigan (5-11, 199)
There's a chance Robinson will be gone by this point in the draft, yet the fact he has no set position could extend his fall to the fifth round, where the Bears would be happy to grab him. Robinson played quarterback for most of his collegiate career yet worked out at the combine and his pro day as a wide receiver. Some scouts believe he's best suited as a running back. His positional versatility, combined with very good speed (4.43 40-yard dash) and elusive in the open field, could cause an offensive-minded coach like Marc Trestman to take a flier on a dynamic player with homerun potential each time he touches the ball. Robinson also looked good fielding punts and kickoffs, so he'll have value as a kick returner as well.
Round 6 (188th overall)QB Jeff Tuel, Washington State (6-3, 218)
Tuel ran a 4.50 at his pro day, which would have been the fastest of any quarterback at the combine. That type of speed and athleticism would give Trestman, a QB "guru", a new toy to work with. Tuel worked exclusively out of the shotgun in college, so he has a lot of work ahead of him. As a developmental signal caller, something the Bears are looking for in this draft, Tuel has a lot of upside and could be Chicago's final pick in this year's draft.
Round 7 (226th overall)Traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Brian Price.
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