Early in the draft process, Gregory was considered the top pass rusher in the 2015 class and a consensus Top 5 selection.
Gregory played with his hand down, as a 3-4 outside linebacker and as an occasional inside linebacker, giving him valuable positional versatility.
Against the run, he’s an absolute beast. Despite his thin frame, he shows power at the point of attack and the wiggle ability to slip past blocks against bigger offensive linemen. He can change directions at a moment’s notice and has the speed to stretch plays to the sidelines.
He’s an aggressive player against the run, showing toughness and strength in the trenches.
As a pass rusher, Gregory is a work in progress, yet his upside is through the roof. He has lightning quick hands and outstanding closing speed. He lacks technique and ideal get off, and must improve in those areas, yet his pure athleticism resulted in 17.5 sacks for the Cornhuskers the past two seasons.
Gregory failed drug tests in college and at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, which is cause for concern. He’s admitted to being addicted to marijuana but says he’s put that in the past.
Additionally, his weight is also troubling, as many are wondering how a 235-pound outside linebacker is supposed to set the edge against a 320-pound NFL offensive tackle.
For those reasons, Gregory has fallen out of favor with many NFL teams and his stock is dropping. At the same time, he’s far too good of a prospect to fall that far.
People I’ve spoken with are adamant most of the league feels Gregory is the best outside linebacker in this draft. At a certain point in the process, right around pick seven, it doesn’t make sense to pass on a player with his talent. If he can find the right support group in Chicago, Gregory would be a downright steal for the Bears in the first round.
Dorsett is one of the most intriguing receivers in this year’s class and is climbing up draft boards. He’s a little undersized but he’s almost physically identical to the Steelers’ Antonio Brown, who led the league in catches last season, and is bigger than the Colts’ T.Y. Hilton, one of the top young wideouts in the NFL.
Yet Dorsett is faster than both Brown and Hilton, running a 4.33 at the combine and a 4.27 at his pro day. He has blazing speed and amazing burst out of his breaks.
Dorsett has good hands and toughness, and he’s a home run threat every time he touches the ball. He has experience in the slot and out wide.
The Bears haven’t had a legitimate deep threat since Johnny Knox. Just the presence of Dorsett will push opposing safeties off the line, which will benefit the entire offense.
If Dorsett falls to the second round, Chicago would be crazy to pass up one of the top speed receivers in this draft.
Shaw played nickelback, boundary corner and safety for the Trojans. His limitations in man coverage might make him best fit as a free safety at the next level.
Shaw has very good closing burst and is a solid tackler. He’s not a big hitter but his chiseled frame and strength (26 bench-press reps) mean he won’t be getting out-muscled with the ball in the air.
His positional versatility and on-field intelligence give him good value in the front part of the third round.
Shaw was suspended last season after fabricating a story about jumping out of a third-story window to save his drowning nephew, resulting in severely sprained ankles. In reality he was running from the police, so character concerns are legitimate.
Thompson is a big, talented blocker who has the skill set to be a left tackle in the NFL. He’s light on his feet and mirrors defenders well in pass protection.
He’s talented and athletic but there are serious concerns about effort and consistency. Yet if he can be coached to his potential, Thompson has the long-term ability to replace Jermon Bushrod on the left edge of Chicago’s offensive line.
Williams is a bulldozer with very good speed (4.48 40-yard dash). He a north-south runner who lacks ideal lateral agility, which is why he’s considered a late-round pick. He also has character concerns after being investigated in a domestic battery case.
Yet for a 6-1, 230-pound running back, he’d be a steal this late in the draft. The Bears have lacked a powerful, downhill runner for years. Williams’ violent, physical running style could fill that role easily and would be a big boost to special teams.
ILB Jeff Luc, Cincinnati (6-1, 256)
A Florida State transfer, Luc is an old-school thumper who plays with speed and power. He’s very stiff and lacks diagnostic skills but on first and second down, he could develop into a quality backup in the NFL.
At the very least, his chiseled, power-packed frame would be very valuable on special teams.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com 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.