JC's Mock Bears Draft: Take 4

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 IV of this week-long series, GM Jerry Angelo adds to his offense once again plus takes a very intriguing local product.

 Round 1 (31st Overall)
BEN GRUBBS
OG - Auburn (6'3", 311)

Grubbs is considered to be the top guard available in the draft and may not make it past Kansas City at 23rd overall, so the Bears would jump all over him at 31st. He began his career playing tight end and along the defensive line, and he's got the quickness and flexibility to prove it. Not only could Grubbs be an eventual successor to Ruben Brown at left guard, but he might even supplant Roberto Garza on the right side immediately.

 Round 2 (37th Overall)

ANTHONY GONZALEZ
WR - Ohio State (6'0", 193)

Ted Ginn Jr. got all the attention for the Buckeyes, but it was Gonzalez who was their most consistent receiver week in and week out. Although he does not have Ginn's blinding speed and isn't considered a legitimate deep threat, his superior route-running skills and sure hands have caught the Bears' attention. Bernard Berrian and Mark Bradley should only get better as they gain more experience, but Muhsin Muhammad is winding down his career.

 Round 3 (94th Overall)

BEN PATRICK
TE - Delaware (6'3", 252)

After spending three seasons at Duke and two in the starting lineup, Patrick transferred to Delaware and dominated at the smaller-school level. He needs to get better at stretching defenses down the seam, but he is known to be incredibly competitive and is a natural pass-catcher. Desmond Clark was one of the more productive tight ends in the league a year ago, yet John Gilmore is little more than a glorified tackle at this point.

 Round 4 (130th Overall)

ADAM KOETS
OT - Oregon State (6'6", 294)

Durable and efficient in his career as a Beaver, Koets offers a good amount of upside potential as a pass-protecting blindside tackle. Known as more of a techniclal blocker than a flat-out mauler, he has very good feet for a man his size and is a very intelligent player. John Tait and Fred Miller will do just fine as the starters at tackle again in 2007, but backup John St. Clair is already 30 years old and can't be counted on for the future.

 Round 5 (168th Overall)

JOSH GATTIS
S - Wake Forest (6'1", 206)

A three-year starter and two-time All-ACC selection, Gattis looks to be a very good fit in the Bears' Cover 2 system. He will have to earn his keep on special teams initially, but that is an area where he excelled in college. It appears Mike Brown will be moved back to free safety to make room for Adam Archuleta in the starting lineup, and another safety could be needed if Danieal Manning is converted to cornerback as has been speculated.

 Round 7 (221st Overall)

NOLAND BURCHETTE
DE - Virginia Tech (6'2", 259)

A passionate football player with a good motor, Burchette is a situational pass-rusher at the next level and offers a a good degree of special-teams experience. Although he is shorter than last year's rookie sensation, Mark Anderson, he is about the same size and equally quick off the ball. The key to Lovie Smith's defense is consistent pressure from the front four, so another youngster who can get after the quarterback is always a good idea.

 Round 7 (241st Overall)

GARRETT WOLFE
RB - Northern Illinois (5'8", 186)

Many Chicagoans fans have followed Wolfe's career at NIU and even all the way back to his prep days at Holy Cross High School in River Grove. Rushing for over 1,500 yards in each of the last three seasons for the Huskies, he is an incredibly instinctual ball-carrier and possesses breakaway speed. Many experts will claim that he did most of his damage against inferior competition, but he did rack up 284 total yards against No. 1 Ohio State last September.

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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