Mock Draft VI

In our sixth Bear Report mock draft, an elite offensive lineman falls into the Bears' lap, which allows GM Phil Emery to trade back in the second round to collect an extra draft pick.

Round 1 (20th overall)

G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (6-2, 311)
Draftniks across the spectrum have both Cooper and Alabama's Chance Warmack being selected in the Top 15 of this year's draft. Yet recent history has shown us that guards, who play the position of arguably the least impact on offense, do not get drafted in the top half of the first round. In fact, since 2001, only one guard has been selected in the Top 15. In today's NFL, where offensive tackles are of most importance, guards just aren't a priority to start the draft. So while Cooper and Warmack are elite interior offensive line talents, it's very doubtful both will be gone when Chicago picks at 20th overall. In this mock, Cooper falls and the Bears get the most athletic guard in the draft. Cooper's skill set is perfectly suited for the club's new zone-blocking scheme, so GM Phil Emery doesn't hesitate to pull the trigger.

Round 2 (50th overall)

The Bears trade the pick to the Miami Dolphins for the 54th and 111th overall picks in this year's draft. The Dolphins select TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State.

Markus Wheaton
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Round 2 (54th overall)

WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State (5-11, 189)
Wheaton in an explosive slot receiver, which is exactly what Chicago needs on offense. He ran a somewhat disappointing 4.45 at the combine but on film, Wheaton is always the fastest guy on the field. He's extremely quick on underneath routes but can also blow past defenders over the top. When he gets a step, he's gone. His presence inside for the Bears would create room near the sidelines for Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Outside of West Virginia's Tavon Austin, Wheaton is arguably the most explosive slot receiver in this class and would be an ideal fit in Chicago.

Round 3 (82nd overall)

Traded to the Miami Dolphins for Brandon Marshall.

Round 4 (111th overall)

Pick acquired from the Miami Dolphins.

CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary (5-10, 184)
Webb was a small-school standout during his collegiate career, during which he earned nine CAA All-Conference awards. It doesn't matter where you play, that's pretty amazing. Webb is an experienced shutdown corner (48 starts) who has outstanding ball skills. Many compare his skill set to that of Asante Samuel. He's undersized and likely will be limited to nickelback duties, but that's a position of need for the Bears. Yet his biggest contributions may come on special teams, where Webb is a dynamic punt returner and was named CAA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012, after averaging 11.2 yards per punt return. Chicago's scouts worked out Webb privately. Assuming they liked what they saw, he'll be too good to pass up at this point in the draft.

Round 4 (117th overall)

DT Akeem Spence, Illinois (6-1, 307)
Spence is a nose tackle in the same mold as Stephen Paea. Like Paea, Spence was a top performer in the bench press at the combine – although his 37 reps were 12 short of Paea's record-breaking 49. Spence isn't much of a pass rusher but he is very stout against the run, using his powerful upper body and extremely strong hands to fight off blocks at the point of attack. The two-year starter is experienced and doesn't tire easily. He's not a sexy pick due to his limitations and a relatively low ceiling, but Spence would be a solid rotational nose tackle for the Bears and is good value in the back half of the fourth round.

Kevin Reddick
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Round 5 (153rd overall)

LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (6-1, 243)
Reddick was a four-year starter for the Tar Heels. He was a pure MIKE linebacker for three seasons but his role expanded as a senior, when he rotated outside and was used more as a blitzer. He's experienced, smart and a team leader on the field. Last year, he showed the ability to turn the corner as a pass rusher as well. He doesn't have great speed or strength and can struggle to fight off blocks but he's versatile and productive. He needs some refinement but Reddick could develop into a starter in Chicago in a year or two. Until then, he'd make a great special teams player.

Round 6 (188th overall)

TE Nick Kasa, Colorado (6-6, 269)
Kasa spent most of his collegiate career as a defensive end and only last year was a full-time starter at tight end. He's very raw at the position but he flashed serious athleticism for a player of his size. In addition to decent receiving skills, he's a quality blocker. He's a project but Kasa is a safe pick in the sixth round, as he should have plenty of value as a quality special teams player.

Round 7 (226th overall)

Traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Brian Price.

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