JC's Mock NFL Draft: Version 4.0

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 4.0 ...

Round 2: No. 49

With the 49th-overall pick in the second round, the Bears select Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson. Rod Marinelli was added to the coaching staff because he gets the most out of defensive linemen, but the fact remains Chicago is in need of a pure pass rusher off the edge. Johnson's rangy frame and freakish athleticism will make Marinelli drool, although he's still raw despite all that talent and may need some time to develop behind Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye.

Round 3: No. 99

With the 99th-overall pick in the third round, the Bears select LSU linebacker Darry Beckwith. Even though he played a lot of middle linebacker down in Baton Rouge, Beckwith has the bulk necessary to play on the strong side in a 4-3 and brings a terrific football IQ to the table. With both Nick Roach and Hunter Hillenmeyer leaving a lot to be desired, Beckwith is more of an instinctual player, showcases excellent technique, and is a reliable tackler in the open field.

Round 4: No. 119

With the 119th-overall pick in the fourth round, the Bears select Cal Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden. Since GM Jerry Angelo is obviously looking for some size opposite Devin Hester, Barden brings a 6-6 frame and 229 pounds to the huddle. While he's not a burner by any stretch of his imagination and put up big numbers against vastly inferior competition, he's a tremendous leaper with excellent ball skills and even blocks pretty well downfield on running plays.

Round 5: No. 140

With the 140th-overall pick in the fifth round, the Bears select USC wide receiver Patrick Turner. After going defense with each of his first two picks because of the value on the board, Angelo grabs another pass catcher to add depth and competition to a receiving corps that needs help. It's easy to look at Turner and claim he's just another Mike Williams or Dwayne Jarrett, but this Trojan doesn't have personality flaws and probably still has his best football in front of him.

Round 5: No. 154

With the 154th-overall pick in the fifth round, the Bears select Clemson safety Mike Hamlin. Angelo remarked Tuesday that teams can find quality safeties on Day 2 of the draft more often than not, and Hamlin might remind some Bears fans of a young Chris Harris. He may not be the most fluid athlete or have one-on-one coverage skills down the field, but he reads plays quickly, supports the run well, and recorded 14 career interceptions as a collegian.

Round 6: No. 190

With the 190th-overall pick in the sixth round, the Bears select Ball State offensive tackle Robert Brewster. Chicago signed three tackles in free agency to bolster the O-line, but Angelo is now infatuated with tackles that have the ability to move inside and play guard. Brewster has the size you're looking for (6-4, 325) and racked up a ton of experience in Muncie, although he played almost exclusively out of a two-point stance and needs some work in the weight room.

Round 7: No. 246

With the 246th-overall pick in the seventh round, the Bears select Iowa cornerback Bradley Fletcher. Offering the versatility to play either corner or safety at the next level, Fletcher is physical and aggressive in coverage and a sure tackler when supporting the run. He'll never be a shutdown corner because he's a bit of a tweener and doesn't play as fast as he times, but the Bears like tough defensive backs and he's also a sound special teamer.

Round 7: No. 251

With the 251st-overall pick in the seventh round, the Bears select Alabama fullback Travis McCall. While McCall played a lot of tight end for the Crimson Tide, he's never been much of a receiver and projects best on Sunday as a block-first fullback. Starter Jason McKie is a solid player and provides a nice safety-valve option out of the backfield on passing plays, but McCall is a mauler and can double as the third tight end in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

To read JC's detailed breakdown of the defensive tackles and ends 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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