JC's Mock Bears Draft: Take 2

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 II of this week-long series, GM Jerry Angelo seeks an immediate replacement for Lance Briggs should he be dealt before Day 1.

 Round 1 (31st Overall)
LB - Miami-FL (6'1", 237)

If the Bears do indeed trade away their explosive outside linebacker, Lance Briggs, it's possible they could land an instant replacement in the first round. Jamar Williams and Rod Wilson have shown some promise in the past, but Beason looks to be the next in a long line of great Miami LBs. GM Jerry Angelo can sign Beason for a fraction of what it would cost to keep Briggs, although he might not fall further than New England at No. 28.

 Round 2 (37th Overall)

OG - Tennessee (6'4", 319)

It's no secret that the Bears simply have to get younger along the offensive line, so expect a 'big ugly' early in the draft. Not only does Sears have excellent body control and balance at his mammoth size, but he is also known to be a very intelligent player who was All-Conference twice in the loaded SEC. Sears will probably line up at guard initially, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility that he develops into a pretty good tackle at the NFL level.

 Round 3 (94th Overall)

RB - Florida State (5'11", 191)

Cedric Benson is going to be The Man in the backfield after two years of reserve duty, but the Bears would be wise to find a secondary ball-carrier. Booker's Seminole career was somewhat of a disappointment after signing as the No. 1 high school player in the country, but that's not to say he doesn't have tons of talent. His slashing style and pass receiving skills would make for a wonderful complement to Benson's straight-ahead approach.

 Round 4 (130th Overall)

OT - Northern Illinois (6'7", 324)

If Sears stays at guard permanently, perhaps Free could eventually replace Fred Miller or John Tait at one of the tackle positions. A four-year starter and an All-Conference selection the last three, he originally came to NIU as a tight end and has the footwork to prove it. Free is not a natural run blocker and needs improvement in that capacity, but he stands out in pass protection by keeping defenders in front of him and recognizing blitzes quickly.

 Round 5 (168th Overall)

WR - Illinois State (6'2", 199)

A consistent force throughout his college career, Robinson has been both durable and productive. Another semi-local product, he was an All-Conference selection the past two seasons and racked up an eye-popping 86 catches for 1,465 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. The Bears have well-defined roles for the top receivers on the depth chart, but there's no question Rex Grossman could use another weapon in the passing game.

 Round 7 (221st Overall)

CB - Virginia (5'11", 191)

The Bears are in pretty good shape for 2007 at cornerback with Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher starting plus Ricky Manning Jr. in the nickel package, but it's time to look toward the future. Both Tillman and Vasher are free agents after this season, and signing both of them could be an impossibility. Hamilton is far from the most athletic corner in the draft but intercepted 15 passes as a collegian and appears to be a natural fit in the Cover 2 scheme.

 Round 7 (241st Overall)

TE - Western Oregon(6'6", 256)

Since Gabe Reid was not tendered a contract as a restriced free agent, there is a spot available on the roster for a tight end. Boss didn't get too much attention playing at Western Oregon, but he opened some eyes at the NFL Combine and continued his rise up draft boards with a strong Pro Day performance. He has a long way to go in terms of his blocking ability, yet Boss is a natural pass-catcher and can create some mismatches in the secondary.

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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