JC's Mock NFL Draft: Version 5.0

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 5.0 ...

Round 2: No. 49

With the 49th-overall pick in the second round, the Bears select Oklahoma guard Duke Robinson. Even though general manager Jerry Angelo now loves the thought of tackles that can slide inside to play guard, he bypasses a second-tier tackle here in order to grab the premier guard on the board this weekend. With Frank Omiyale signed to challenge Josh Beekman at left guard, perhaps Robinson can put some heat on Roberto Garza at right guard.

Round 3: No. 99

With the 99th-overall pick in the third round, the Bears select Wisconsin defensive end Matt Shaughnessy. The Bears are not going to be an elite defense again unless they get consistent pressure from the front four, so there is a need for a pure pass rusher. Shaughnessy is a great fit at right end in a 4-3 system because of his explosive first step and athleticism off the edge, plus Adewale Ogunleye and Mark Anderson are both in the final year of their contracts.

Round 4: No. 119

With the 119th-overall pick in the fourth round, the Bears select Clemson wide receiver Aaron Kelly. Chicago is in desperate need of a big target that can handle the short and intermediate routes as well as be a threat in the red zone, and Kelly fits that mold quite well. Kelly had the makings of the top senior receiver in the country last year before the Tigers completely fell apart, so he's a good value in the fourth round since he's flashed first-round ability.

Round 5: No. 140

With the 140th-overall pick in the fifth round, the Bears select Clemson running back James Davis. Another Tiger who has probably been undervalued because of all the problems that program suffered this past season, Davis is a tough between-the-tackles runner and just a consummate team player. Matt Forte wasn't especially effective in short-yardage situations as a rookie, meaning there's room on the roster for a banger that can pick up those tough yards.

Round 5: No. 154

With the 154th-overall pick in the fifth round, the Bears select Georgia defensive tackle Corvey Irvin. Chicago is still searching for a pure nose tackle to pair alongside Tommie Harris in the trenches, as Dusty Dvoracek can't stay on the field and Anthony Adams is limited in his ability. Irvin may not have been especially productive for the Bulldogs, but he has the frame necessary to be a penetrator in the Cover 2 and could play comfortably with a little added weight.

Round 6: No. 190

With the 190th-overall pick in the sixth round, the Bears select San Diego State linebacker Russell Allen. While he's built like a weak-side defender, Allen could grow into a strong-side 'backer and a candidate to be the third banana next to Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher. He already displays some of the characteristics coaches look for on the strong side, as he is a reliable tackler, rushes the passer quite well in blitzing situations, and goes all-out on every snap.

Round 7: No. 246

With the 246th-overall pick in the seventh round, the Bears select Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel. After the blockbuster deal for Jay Cutler last month, the Midway Monsters don't expect to be in the market for a starting signal caller any time soon. But backup Caleb Hanie was an undrafted free agent just a year ago, so Teel would be a welcome addition to the depth chart as a No. 3 since Brett Basanez didn't look very impressive during veteran minicamp in March.

Round 7: No. 251

With the 251st-overall pick in the seventh round, the Bears select Oregon State safety Al Afalava. Angelo believes there are quality safeties to be found in the later rounds, having drafted Chris Harris and Kevin Payne well into Day 2 fairly recently. Josh Bullocks signed a one-year deal in free agency to step in for the departed Mike Brown, which means Angelo bought some time to see if Afalava or converted corner Zack Bowman can be an answer for the long haul.

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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