BR Bears Mock Draft v2.0

In our second crack at projecting all six of the Chicago Bears’ picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Bears address pass rush early and snag one of the best cover corners in this year’s class.

ROUND 1 (7th overall)

OLB Alvin Dupree, Kentucky (6-4, 269)

“Bud” Dupree is a physical freak. At nearly 270 pounds he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine, then posted a 42-inch vertical jump and an 11-6 broad jump. That is downright filthy athleticism.

He had 7.5 sacks as a senior, the most in the SEC, with 12.5 tackles for loss. He started the final 38 games of his career and had 36 tackles for loss. And here’s the most exciting part: his best days are still ahead of him.

Dupree was productive in college but left a lot on tape. He’s a raw pass rusher who lacks ideal instincts and diagnostic abilities. He’s not yet a finished product but his ceiling may be higher than any pass rusher in this draft. He’s physical at the point of attack and can set the edge, with top-tier closing burst and solid awareness in short-area coverage. When he squares up ball carriers, he’s a sledgehammer.

The top edge rushers (Dante Fowler, Vic Beasley and Shane Ray) may all be off the board at 7th overall and Dupree’s upside could make him the best player available. If he ever develops to his potential, he’ll be incredible at the next level.

ROUND 2 (39th overall)

CB P.J. Williams, Florida State (6-0, 194)

Williams has good size and plays a physical brand of football. He’s aggressive against the run and in coverage, with solid press-man ability. He uses his hands well to reroute receivers at the line of scrimmage and has the speed to press-bail and stick in the receiver’s hip pocket.

Williams is agile and explosive – he was one of the top performers at his position in the vertical (40) and broad jump (11-0). He shows good timing and instincts when the ball is in the air and uses his size well to out-muscle receivers.

Some have compared Williams’ style of play to that of Charles Tillman, which says a lot to Chicago Bears fans. He needs to show more consistent effort but under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who uses a heavy man system, Williams is an ideal second-round candidate. The Bears met with him at the combine so he’s obviously on the team’s radar.

ROUND 3 (71st overall)

OT Daryl Williams, Oklahoma (6-5, 327)

Williams was a three-year starter at right tackle for the Sooners and was named first-team Big-12 as a senior. He’s a wide-bodied player who is very physical at the point of attack.

His strength is in the run game, where he explodes off the ball with good pad level. When he gains leverage, he can bury defenders. Williams plays with a mean streak and shows good awareness in pass protection.

He’s a bit of a plodder and is not athletic at the second level. He also lacks ideal lateral movement and could struggle against NFL speed rushers. But if the Bears want a powerful drive blocker who can anchor the run game on the right edge, Williams would make great value in the third round.

ROUND 4 (106th overall)

WR Chris Conley, Georgia (6-2, 213)

As a senior, Conley caught just 36 passes for 657 yards. In fact, as a starter his junior and senior seasons, he combined for just 81 catches and 1,308 yards. By comparison, Alabama’s Amari Cooper caught 124 passes for 1,727 in 2014 alone.

Yet Conley was the product of a run-heavy system at Georgia. He made the most of his opportunities, particularly in the red zone. Despite 117 total touches during his four-year career, Conley caught 20 TD passes.

He’s 6-2 and ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine. He runs good routes and has good hands, while his speed can push secondaries.

Conley isn’t the quickest player and is easily knocked off his routes by physical corners but in the fourth round, his size/speed combination makes him too good to pass up.

ROUND 5 (142nd overall)

LB Taiwan Jones, Michigan State (6-3, 245)

Jones is an old-school thumper who packs a punch on every play. He’s a downhill linebacker who fills gaps with authority. He also excels as a blitzer, where he can utilize his explosiveness and strength.

Jones is weak in coverage and came off the field on passing downs. He also doesn’t possess ideal instincts. Yet as a first- and second-down linebacker under Fangio, with an emphasis on blitzing, Jones could have a lot of value as a rotational linebacker and priority backup.

At the very least, his hard-nosed style of play will be a boost to special teams.

ROUND 6 (182nd overall)

DT Joey Mbu, Houston (6-3, 313)

Mbu is a two-gap defensive tackle with limited movement skills. He has very good size, outstanding work ethic and high character, yet he didn’t dominate against lesser competition, which is concerning.

Mbu has value as a space eater at either nose tackle or 5-technique and could find his way onto the roster as back-end rotational player with upside. He’s considered a great leader, giving him value in the locker room as well.

BR Bears Mock Draft v1.0



Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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