Mock Draft III

In our third mock, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker gets a potentially dominant new toy in the first round. In the later rounds, Chicago adds depth at the offensive skill positions.

Round 1 (20th overall)

DT Datone Jones, UCLA (6-4, 283)
Jones is similar in size and skill set to Israel Idonije, who is still a free agent at the time of this writing. Jones is already very thick and powerful, with room to get even bigger. He played defensive end and defensive tackle in UCLA's 3-4 system but his amazing quickness and power off the ball would make him a great fit in Chicago's 4-3 system. Like Idonije, he has positional versatility and can play anywhere along the defensive line. Jones has yet to reach his ceiling, which is extremely high. In this mock, the Bears get a cornerstone defensive lineman in the first.

Round 2 (50th overall)

G Larry Warford, Kentucky (6-3, 332)
Warford isn't as athletic as the first-round guards in this class but make no mistake, this kid can maul. On a very poor Kentucky team in 2012, Warford dominated SEC competition, proving he can hold his own against the big boys. He continued his outstanding play at the Senior Bowl, where he was one of the most impressive blockers. His presence at right guard would add a ton of power and push in the run game for the Bears.

Round 3 (82nd overall)

Pick traded to the Miami Dolphins for Brandon Marshall.

Kenny Stills
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Round 4 (117th overall)

WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma (6-0, 194)
Stills doesn't have ideal size and was suspended in 2011 for one game due to a DUI arrest. For those reasons, he'll likely drop to the fourth round, where the Bears will be happy to grab him. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Stills ran 4.38 40-yard dash, which is just the type of speed Chicago's offense is missing. He isn't much more than a deep threat at this point in his career but he excels at tracking the deep ball and has great body control. Marc Trestman needs a player who can blow the top off opposing defenses and Stills perfectly fits that criteria.

Round 5 (153rd overall)

LB Nico Johnson, Alabama (6-2, 248)
Johnson isn't very athletic and is only a two-down player, so he'll fall to the later rounds. He's a lunch-pail player who gets by almost on pure effort and hustle alone. Surrounded by amazing athletes at Alabama, Johnson didn't stand out, instead doing the dirty work to make his teammates look good. He's a violent, downhill player who takes on blocks with reckless abandon. His style would make him a perfect fit as a strong-side linebacker in a 4-3 system, where his job would be to blow up plays at the point of attack. Johnson's hard-nosed style would fit very well in Chicago, where he could at least be a quality special teams performer.

Round 6 (188th overall)

RB Latavius Murray, Central Florida (6-2, 223)
Murray is a taller, leaner running back who played at a small school. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine but at his pro day, he reportedly ran a 4.40, had a 10-4 broad jump and 36-inch vertical jump, and posted 22 reps in the bench press. For a player of his size, those are some impressive numbers. His performance has earned him some notice and he's now projected to come off the board in the sixth round. The Bears don't necessarily need a running back but Murray's combination of size and speed could make him a quality short-yardage and change-of-pace back. At the very least, he would make a solid special teams player. At best, he'll serve as a cheaper, younger backup-running-back option than Michael Bush, who is due $3.5 million this year from a cap-strapped team.

Round 7 (226th overall)

Pick traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Brian Price.

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