Round 1 (20th overall)
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State (6-2, 210)
The Bears have two Pro Bowl starters at cornerback, yet both Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are in the back half of their careers, and both will be free agents following this season. Rhodes is arguably the best cover corner in this draft. He has ideal size and he's extremely physical with wide receivers. When you throw in his 4.39 speed, it's easy to understand why some are comparing him to Darrelle Revis. In this mock, Rhodes falls to Chicago at 20th overall, where his talent is just too much for GM Phil Emery to pass up. With Rhodes, the Bears get a press corner who has the skill set to match up with the elite receivers in the NFC North.
Round 2 (50th overall)
LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon (6-3, 238)
The second round might be a little early for Alonso but in this mock, other second-round linebackers like Khaseem Greene, Arthur Brown and Zaviar Gooden are off the board, and Emery isn't about to wait until the fourth round to fill the team's biggest position of need. Alonso has had off-field problems and has an injury history, yet when healthy and out of trouble, he was extremely productive. His senior year, he racked up 81 tackles, 14 for loss, along with four interceptions and two forced fumbles. He's a versatile linebacker who could play OLB in Chicago's 4-3, although it would do him well to add about 10-15 pounds. The Bears visited with Alonso privately. Assuming they liked what they saw, Emery will reach for a playmaking linebacker in the second round.
Round 3 (82nd overall)
Round 4 (117th overall)
DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois (6-6, 255)
Coming off a strong junior season – during which he often looked better than teammate Whitney Mercilus, a first-round pick of the Houston Texans last year – expectations were high for Buchanan heading into 2012. Yet a preseason altercation left him with a wired jaw and the all-liquid diet caused him to lose 20 pounds. The result was a less-than-stellar senior season, one in which he looked lethargic and struggled to fight off blocks. But if you go back to the tape from 2011, you see a player with very good explosion off the ball and the ability to turn the corner. Now fully healthy and back at his playing weight, Buchanan still has the potential to return to 2011 form. If he does, the Bears will be getting a steal in the fourth round.
Round 5 (153rd overall)
OT Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech (6-5, 316)
Mills is a small-school prospect who shows very good athleticism on film. He's very coordinated and extremely powerful. Playing almost exclusively at right tackle during his collegiate career, Mills demonstrated the ability to maul in the run game. His combination of size and strength allowed him to engulf defenders. Yet, despite solid footwork and quickness, Mills is slow to get off the ball and struggles mightily with speed rushers. In pass protection, he needs a lot of work but his run-blocking prowess makes him a worthwhile fifth-round selection. The Bears are far from set at right tackle, so throwing a talented young body in the mix should increase the level of competition in training camp.
Round 6 (188th overall)
C P.J. Lonergan, LSU (6-3, 304)
With his final pick in the 2013 draft, Emery again addresses the offensive line with an intelligent, scrappy interior offensive lineman in Lonergan. A three-year starter for an SEC team, Lonergan is an experienced center who is tenacious as a blocker. He always gives high effort, plays through the whistle and has shown a willingness to play injured. He's not very athletic and plays far too high, which doesn't allow him to get much push in the run game. Some technical work would do Lonergan well, as he has all the intangibles to be an NFL offensive lineman. As a late-round selection, he's a safe pick for a team that needs depth along the offensive line.
Round 7 (226th overall)
Traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Brian Price.
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