JC's Mock NFL Draft: Version 1.0

The NFL Draft is this weekend, and the Chicago Bears need help on both sides of the ball. JC will put together a mock draft each and every day this week, cross-referencing different draft strategies with some of the prospects the Midway Monsters have targeted this offseason. Here's Version 1.0 ...

Round 2: No. 49

With the 49th-overall pick in the second round, the Bears select Oklahama wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias. Really needing another pass catcher to step in and contribute immediately, Chicago adds a prototypical possession target to Jay Cutler's arsenal from what is considered a deep class at the position. While he's not an explosive player and didn't run particularly well at the Scouting Combine, Iglesias puts together smooth routes and catches the ball consistently.

Round 3: No. 99

With the 99th-overall pick in the third round, the Bears select California linebacker Zack Follett. Head coach Lovie Smith says Nick Roach, Hunter Hillenmeyer, and Jamar Williams all have a chance to challenge for the job at strong-side linebacker, meaning he doesn't have a lot of confidence in any of them. Follett grew up a big Brian Urlacher fan, plus he has the intangibles you look for in a 'backer of somewhat limited athletic ability on defense.

Round 4: No. 119

With the 119th-overall pick in the fourth round, the Bears select Wisconsin guard Kraig Urbik. Career tackle Frank Omiyale was signed in free agency to compete with Josh Beekman at left guard, and a rookie with some upside could also compete with Roberto Garza at right guard. Possessing excellent size at 6-5 and 328 pounds, Urbik is another in a long line of blue-collar Badger blockers and particularly effective on the ground.

Round 5: No. 140

With the 140th-overall pick in the fifth round, the Bears select Clemson safety Chris Clemons. Even though Josh Bullocks was brought in to be the starter at free safety and Kevin Payne will move back to his natural home at strong safety, the last line of defense is far from secure at this point. Not only did Clemons rack up a lot of experience with the Tigers, but he also proved to be very durable by suiting up for 51 straight games in college.

Round 5: No. 154

With the 154th-overall pick in the fifth round, the Bears select Kent State offensive tackle Augustus Parrish. Future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace is now in the mix in addition to veteran Kevin Shaffer, plus Chris Williams will finally get to showcase his first-round talent after a back injury robbed him of his rookie season. But neither Pace nor Shaffer is expected to be around long term, meaning a young tackle with long arms and quick feet like Parrish can be developed for the future.

Round 6: No. 190

With the 190th-overall pick in the sixth round, the Bears select Virginia Tech defensive end Orion Martin. While neither Alex Brown nor Adewale Ogunleye can be a double-digit sack guy at this point, it's the disappearance of pass-rushing specialist Mark Anderson that's been a big mystery the last two seasons. If new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli can't get more out of Anderson this year, then Martin offers a non-stop motor and is also a sound special teamer.

Round 7: No. 246

With the 246th-overall pick in the seventh round, the Bears select Boise State running back Ian Johnson. Even though Kevin Jones was re-signed to be the primary backup to Matt Forte, the Midway Monsters could use another ball carrier since Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe leave a lot to be desired offensively. Johnson looked like he belonged at the Scouting Combine, and his pass-catching ability fits in nicely with Ron Turner's scheme.

Round 7: No. 251

With the 251st-overall pick in the seventh round, the Bears select New Mexico cornerback Glover Quin. General manager Jerry Angelo likes to add defensive backs on Day 2 since most of them can contribute right away on special teams, and the uncertainly surrounding Nathan Vasher justifies the Quin selection even more. Quin is physical and a quality tackler at the line of scrimmage, so he fits the mold of a Cover 2-type corner.

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