Bears Mock Draft v4.0

The 2014 NFL Draft begins in just a few days, so let's take our fourth crack at projecting prospects with each of the Chicago Bears' seven selections.

Round 1 (14th overall)
S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
(5-11, 207)

Pryor is arguably the top player at the Chicago Bears' biggest position of need. Pryor has the size, speed and tackling ability to be an immediate starter at strong safety. He's an in-the-box defender who is aggressive against the run and still has coverage ability to match up against NFL tight ends and running backs. He's a work in progress on the back end but in run support, Pryor would be a huge boost to Chicago's defense. He has game-changing ability, which is rare from a safety, and would help solidify a safety position that is currently without a single starter.

Round 2 (51st overall)
WR Donte Moncrief, Mississippi
(6-2, 221)

The Bears don't have a pressing need at wide receiver but a new playmaker could turn one of the better offenses in the league into an elite unit. With Moncrief, Chicago would get a pass catcher with great size and leaping ability, one who ran a 4.40 at the combine. He's not the most polished route runner and is still hasn't reached his ceiling but Moncrief's best football is ahead of him. His speed and downfield ability would give Jay Cutler another target in the passing game, one who can blow the top off opposing defenses. And if Moncrief ever hits his ceiling, he'll go down as a second-round steal.

Round 3 (82nd overall)
CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida
(6-0, 194)

In a draft loaded with cornerback talent, Watkins is being overlooked. A ball hawk with great instincts and quick-twitch ability in man sets, he's a multi-faceted defender who plays with confidence and swagger. He has size, speed (4.41) and power (22 bench-press reps, the best at his position) and he can play multiple positions. Watkins has the potential to start immediately in the slot and could eventually slide outside to one of the starting gigs on the edge. At this point in the draft, he'd be great value at a position of need, which would be too much for GM Phil Emery to pass up.

Round 4 (117th overall)
RB Charles Sims, West Virginia
(6-0, 214)

The Bears are lacking a bona fide backup to Matt Forte in the backfield. Sims has good size, speed (4.46) and he's arguably the best pass catching running back in this year's class. He has good balance and field vision, and showed good power in short-yardage situations. He may be more of a complementary back to start but that would fill Chicago's need for a change-of-pace runner. Sims' one-cut running style would fit well in Aaron Kromer's zone-blocking scheme and his hands would give him extra value on passing downs.

Round 5 (156th overall)
DT Deandre Coleman, California
(6-5, 314)

Coleman is a powerful interior defender who is explosive off the ball and has the strength to eat up blockers. He's not a refined pass rusher and will likely come off the field on passing downs but Coleman can dig in against the run, an area in which the Bears struggled mightily last season. He's fresh off a knee injury, so he's a bit of a risk but in the fifth round, he's one worth taking. If he heals up and plays like the run stopper he can be, one who was dominant at the Senior Bowl during one-on-one drills, Coleman can carve out a role in Chicago's defensive line rotation.

Round 6 (183rd overall)
LB Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
(6-2, 246)

Smallwood is a versatile defender who played both inside and outside linebacker for the Huskies. He's not overly aggressive and must raise his awareness in run defense yet he's a quality coverage linebacker. He pulled his hamstring run the 40-yard dash at the combine, so he'll come at a discount. As a special teams player with upside, the Bears could do a lot worse in the sixth round than Smallwood.

Round 6 (191st overall)
S Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
(6-0, 212)

Dixon is a lights-out hitter who can be very effective against the run. He has good size and strength, which would immediately give him value as a run defender. He's a work in progress in coverage and must learn to keep his head on straight while on the field, while also cleaning up his tackling technique, but Dixon has upside and would be a strong sixth-round candidate for the Bears. At the very least, he'll make a quality addition on special teams.


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