JC's Mock Bears Draft: Take 1

The 2007 NFL Draft is this coming weekend, and the Bears currently have seven picks at their disposal. BearReport.com Editor in Chief John Crist comes up with his best guesses as to who the Monsters of the Midway will target on both Saturday and Sunday. In Part I of this week-long series, GM Jerry Angelo stays conservative and pairs the best player available with immediate team needs.

 Round 1 (31st Overall)
JUSTIN BLALOCK
OG - Texas (6'3", 321)

The Bears need some youth up front because the starting offensive line will average 31.8 years old come Week 1. Blalock is one of the more well-rounded prospects in this draft, having started at both guard and tackle as a collegian. Ruben Brown and Roberto Garza are atop the depth chart at guard again in 2007, yet Blalock would look great blocking for fellow Longhorn Cedric Benson. Ben Grubbs is the highest-rated guard available but goes No. 23 to Kansas City.

 Round 2 (37th Overall)

ZACH MILLER
TE - Arizona State (6'4", 255)

Desmond Clark had the best season of his career in 2006, but he just turned 30 and has already maximized his ability. Rex Grossman was most effective last season when the tight end played a big role in the game plan, so adding a natural pass-catcher like Miller makes a lot of sense. With John Gilmore being the only other TE on the roster right now – Richard Angulo is nothing more than a journeyman practice-squader – the position needs an influx of young talent.

 Round 3 (94th Overall)

RYAN HARRIS
OT - Notre Dame (6'4", 305)

Much like the Blalock pick in Round 1, the addition of Harris is based largely on the fact that the offensive line is advancing in age. Fred Miller is 34 years old and John Tait is 32, and primary backup John St. Clair (30) is no spring chicken himself. An athletic, quick-footed blocker with outstanding range, Harris has the tools necessary to play either guard or tackle in the NFL. Plus, Notre Dame fans all over Chicagoland wouldn't mind another Golden-Domer.

 Round 4 (130th Overall)

BRANDON JACKSON
RB - Nebraska (5'10", 210)

The Bears traded Thomas Jones for the specific purpose of making Cedric Benson the featured ball-carrier, but another taiback to compete with Adrian Peterson for second-string duties is a must. Jackson had just one season as a productive runner at Nebraska and may have been better suited to stay in school, but he catches the ball very well out of the backfield and has the skill set to be a dangerous third-down threat and change-of-pace option.

 Round 5 (168th Overall)

TURK McBRIDE
DT - Tennessee (6'2", 288)

Tommie Harris is returning from a torn hamstring and Tank Johnson is still in jail, and none of the reserve DTs currently on the roster have much of an NFL resume. Dusty Dvoracek missed his rookie season on IR, Antonio Garay has played eight games in four years, and Anthony Adams couldn't get regular playing time with the 49ers. McBride is a little bit of a `tweener, but he appears to be a good fit for Lovie Smith's 4-3 system and should be able to add some bulk.

 Round 7 (221st Overall)

KaMICHAEL HALL
LB - Georgia Tech (6'0", 228)

With the Lance Briggs situation the way it is, it seems all but inevitable that the Pro-Bowler will be wearing a different uniform next season. Although youngsters like Jamar Williams and Rod Wilson will certainly be in the mix to fill the void, drafting another speedy linebacker would be wise. Hall has excellent quickness and lateral movement just like Briggs, and he was also incredibly productive for the Ramblin' Wreck and led the team in tackles a year ago.

 Round 7 (241st Overall)

MATT TRANNON
WR - Michigan State (6'6", 216)

Muhsin Muhammad has been the leading receiver his two seasons in Chicago, but he is nothing but a possession receiver now and doesn't post much of a threat down the field. Speedsters like Bernard Berrian and Mark Bradley will be asked to run most of the deep patterns, so Trannon could be an intermediate wideout and red-zone target with his devastating size and leaping ability. However, he is a major project and has had motivation issues throughout his career.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and Editor in Chief of BearReport.com. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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