Bears Mock Draft

In four previous drafts, general manager Jerry Angelo has never traded up in the first round. He's moved back in the opening round on two occasions. There's a good chance he'll trade out the 26th choice in order to pickup additional selections and put the Bears in position to have a great weekend. Here's a look at how things could go down.

The Bills are rumored to be looking for a second first round pick. If Buffalo is willing to surrender their second round (42nd overall) and one of their two third round (70th or 73rd) picks, Angelo would be hard pressed to turn it down.

Taking into account the Bears likeliness to move back, here's a prediction of their draft choices.

Georgia TE Leonard Pope – With their first selection, the Bears should take the best tight end still available. The brass favors Marcedes Lewis over Pope, but there's a good chance he'll be off the board at this point.

2nd round (42nd overall) - In Pope, the Bears still get a major upgrade at tight end and pickup an additional first day draft choice in the process.

2nd round (57th overall) Maryland LB D'Qwell Jackson – He played middle linebacker in college, but has the ability to move outside at the next level. He's suited to play in the Chicago defense because athleticism is emphasized over size. As a rookie, he could backup any of the three linebacker positions and possibly challenge Hunter Hillenmeyer on the strong-side.

3rd round (70th overall) Abilene Christian DB Danieal Manning – While the Bears have stayed away from small school talent in past years, Manning will prove too good to pass up. He can play safety or cornerback and has the ability to be a return specialist.

4th round (120th overall) Texas OT Jonathan Scott – Once thought to be a potential first pick, the Bears again find major value in the fourth round. Scott can develop into a starter at right tackle with a year or two to learn behind Fred Miller.

5th round (159th overall) Wisconsin WR Jonathan Orr – Simply going with the best player on the board, Orr offers good size and speed as a receiver. His numbers leveled off with the Badgers, which is why he's still available. Could be a steal if he finds consistency in his game.

6th round (195th overall) Tennessee DE Jason Hall – Even though Lovie Smith would have liked to see a pass rush specialist sooner, Hall has the frame to play end in this scheme. He's not as quick as the Bears would like, but that's why he didn't go earlier.

6th round (200th overall) Hofstra OL Willie Colon – Although he started at tackle in college, he projects to guard in the NFL. The Bears are looking for an interior lineman to groom behind Ruben Brown and Colon is a solid choice. He's physical and is known for his run blocking.

If the Bears walk away with the draft class selected above, there are players capable of contributing as rookies on offense and defense as well as special teams. Not only are needs addressed, but such a draft would immediately improve the talent level of the roster and set up the organization for long-term success.


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