JC's Mock Bears Draft: Take 3

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 III of this week-long series, GM Jerry Angelo gets aggressive on the offensive side of the ball looking for more playmakers.

 Round 1 (31st Overall)
WR - Louisiana State (6'3", 221)

The receivers were better than expected last season with the emergence of Bernard Berrian and Rashied Davis, but another play-making pass-catcher could be just what the doctor ordered. Productive throughout his college career, Bowe has the physical dimensions and mental makeup to be special at the next level. This draft is loaded with talented wideouts, which makes it even more likely that one of the studs will fall to the Bears at 31st overall.

 Round 2 (37th Overall)

RB - Auburn (5'11", 203)

If the Bears are looking for a scatback-type to complement Cedric Benson's bruising style, Irons might be the perfect fit. Slowed by injuries his senior season, the South Carolina transfer still rushed for 893 yards and was an All-SEC selection two years in a row. The running-back-by-committee approach is becoming more popular in today's NFL, so offensive coordinator Ron Turner would like to have a secondary ball-carrier after the departure of Thomas Jones.

 Round 3 (94th Overall)

OT - Florida State (6'7", 302)

If GMs are looking for dominant left tackles to protect their quarterback, Tallahassee is a good place to start. The Seminoles have produced the likes of Walter Jones and Tra Thomas, two of the best in the NFL for quite some time. Henderson is very raw and needs some work, but his upside is higher than most of the second-tier prospects at his position. With the advanced age of both Fred Miller and John Tait, the Bears need to develop a contingency plan up front.

 Round 4 (130th Overall)

LB - New Mexico (6'2", 240)

It's safe to say that the Bears have had success with Lobo linebackers considering that All-Pro Brian Urlacher went to New Mexico. Black was a three-year starter and an all-conference performer as a senior, and his physical attributes have scouts intrigued. He might even be able to play strong safety with his speed and athleticism, but he appears to be a natural on the weak side in a 4-3 system. Saying goodbye to Lance Briggs may not be such a bad thing.

 Round 5 (168th Overall)

OG - Notre Dame (6'4", 301)

Getting the most from his somewhat limited abilities, Santucci is an overachieving lineman with marginal size and athletic ability. He does the little things well and could eventually develop into a starter at the next level. Ruben Brown made the Pro Bowl last season but is 35 years old, and Roberto Garza probably won't get any better at this point. Both Henderson and Santucci would be welcome additions to an aging offensive line.

 Round 7 (221st Overall)

TE - Whitworth (6'7", 264)

A virtual unknown not too long ago. Allen was the only Division III prospect invited to the NFL Combine and made the most of it. He dominated a relatively low level of competition, but he possesses tremendous hands and explodes off the line into his routes. Like most college tight ends, he needs to become a better blocker if he wants to be an every-down player as a pro. But you can't coach size, so Allen could be a monster target in the passing game.

 Round 7 (241st Overall)

S - Washington State (5'11", 205)

After a good but not great start to his collegiate career, Frampton earned all-conference honors as a senior and led the Cougars in tackles from his safety position. He is also an accomplished special teams player and has a knack for delivering some big hits. The Bears want to open the season with Mike Brown and Adam Archuleta starting at free and strong safety, respectively, but there are question marks surrounding the entire group right now.

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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