Earlier this week, I released my final 2016 Chicago Bears full seven round mock draft. It's now the night before the draft and after careful consideration, I’m changing my top two picks.
Although OLB Shaq Lawson and DL Robert Nkemdiche would be good selections, I feel the following two prospects fit the Bears’ needs much more than some realize.
New 1st Round selection: DL Sheldon Rankins (Louisville)
Rankins was my alternate pick in my final mock behind Lawson. The main reason for the changed pick is simple: I feel Rankins better fits the overall scheme the Bears are running.
He played the 5-technique spot at Louisville and although he’s only 6-1, 299, Rankins has very good length with (33 3/8 arms) and plays with good pad level. He's arguably the best interior pass rusher in this draft, which is an area in which the Bears must improve.
Rankins is a playmaker and drawn comparisons to Aaron Donald. While that may not be completely accurate or fair, he could see similar production in his NFL career.
It’s worth noting that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio isn't scared of using defensive linemen who are shorter than average, such as he did in San Francisco with Glenn Dorsey (6-1) and Ian Williams (6-1).
New 2nd Round selection: OLB Emmanuel Ogbah (Oklahoma State)
Ogbah has excellent size (6-4, 273) and even better arm length (35.5 inches), to go along with good college production. His biggest issue has been his inconsistent motor. When he’s on, he’s dominant. When he isn’t going 100 percent, he has a tendency to disappear.
For the Bears, Ogbah's hot-and-cold motor shouldn't be a problem due to the team's experienced coaching staff headlined by John Fox and Fangio. If any team is going to get everything out of Ogbah, it's the Bears. Chicago projects as one of his ideal landing spots.
Ogbah would also give the team an Aldon-Smith-type pass rusher, which is something Fangio has not had since his time in San Francisco.
By most accounts, the 22-year-old is a first-round talent but with recent reports of team’s having second- and third-round grades on him, the Bears could land a draft-day steal.