JC's Mock NFL Draft: Version 2.0

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 2.0 ...

Round 2: No. 49

With the 49th-overall pick in the second round, the Bears select Alabama safety Rashad Johnson. With former Pro Bowler Mike Brown no longer in the mix, Chicago has temporarily filled the hole at free safety with one-time Saint Josh Bullocks. Johnson is the kind of instinctual center fielder this defense needs along the last line of defense, plus he possesses some of the intangible assets that made Brown so good for so long and a fan favorite at Soldier Field.

Round 3: No. 99

With the 99th-overall pick in the third round, the Bears select Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Devin Hester and Earl Bennett are currently running with the first team, even though Hester is not an ideal No. 1 and Bennett is better suited to work out of the slot as a No. 3. Massaquoi is a classic possession target that can be effective on short and intermediate routes, while his long arms and excellent body control make him an immediate red-zone target.

Round 4: No. 119

With the 119th-overall pick in the fourth round, the Bears select Georgia Tech defensive tackle Vance Walker. Many experts are looking for Tommie Harris to get back to All-Pro form in 2009, although he'll need a partner in crime at nose tackle because Dusty Dvoracek keeps getting injured, Anthony Adams offers little pass-rushing ability, and Marcus Harrison is a better fit at three technique. Walker is a penetrator that sheds blocks well and has a blue-collar attitude.

Round 5: No. 140

With the 140th-overall pick in the fifth round, the Bears select Florida offensive tackle Jason Watkins. Future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace has been brought in to play left tackle, with former first-round pick Chris Williams now moving over to right tackle. Watkins has a large frame (6-5.5, 318) with long arms, making him a solid young blocker to develop for the future and potentially play opposite Williams in a year or two after Pace hangs up his spikes.

Round 5: No. 154

With the 154th-overall pick in the fifth round, the Bears select Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy. Nick Roach is currently atop the depth chart at strong-side linebacker even though he's undersized to play that position, and Hunter Hillenmeyer simply doesn't make enough plays. Levy was a three-year starter and awfully productive for the Badgers, using his top speed and smooth agility to rack up a ton of tackles from sideline to sideline.

Round 6: No. 190

With the 190th-overall pick in the sixth round, the Bears select Brigham Young guard Travis Bright. Both starting guards from this past season, Josh Beekman and Roberto Garza, are going to have to work hard to keep their jobs after the free-agent signing of Frank Omiyale. Chicago could certainly use an additional young guard to provide depth in the trenches, and Bright offers the size (6-4, 321) and strength teams look for at the next level.

Round 7: No. 246

With the 246th-overall pick in the seventh round, the Bears select Eastern Illinois end Pierre Walters. The Midway Monsters are hoping new D-line coach Rod Marinelli can get so much more out of the front four, as Alex Brown, Adewale Ogunleye, and Mark Anderson all had difficulty getting after the enemy QB consistently. Walters is a project that will need time to develop, but he's stout at the point of attack, uses his hands well, and has a high motor.

Round 7: No. 251

With the 251st-overall pick in the seventh round, the Bears select Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy. Once GM Jerry Angelo pulled the trigger on Jay Cutler, the club finally had a franchise signal caller after 50-plus years of bad Sid Luckman jokes. However, with an inexperienced Caleb Hanie backing up the club's shiny new toy, Willy has a high football IQ and offers more of a future at the game's most important position than current third stringer Brett Basanez.

To read JC's detailed breakdown of both safety positions and what Bears fans can expect in this weekend's NFL Draft, CLICK HERE.


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John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.


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