Our friend Peter Schrager, a frequent contributor for FOXSports.com, put together his full seven-round mock draft Wednesday, a daunting task for anyone no matter how closely he may cover the National Football League.
Among the more notable selections in Round 1, Schrager has Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford going No. 1 to the Rams, but Notre Dame passer Jimmy Clausen tumbles all the way to the Cardinals at No. 26. Within the NFC North, the Lions take Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at No. 2, the Packers select Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell at No. 23 and the Vikings get Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty at No. 30. And because God himself is curious, Schrager sends Florida signal caller Tim Tebow to the Browns with the sixth pick in Round 2.
As a result of previous deals for Jay Cutler and the late Gaines Adams, the Monsters of the Midway aren't on the clock until No. 75 overall in the third round – the Patriots, with a first rounder and three seconds, will have made four selections by then.
To say the least, Schrager knows his stuff. Nevertheless, he doesn't sleep in a twin bed for almost a month during training camp in Bourbonnais, doesn't spend time in the locker room every week at Halas Hall and doesn't sport a season press credential around his neck at Soldier Field. It's impossible to truly know all the ins and outs of an NFL team without being on the beat day in and day out, regardless of how in-the-loop a national columnist-type may be.
Is Schrager welcome in the Windy City? We'll be the judge. Here is a breakdown of his 2010 NFL Draft from a Bears perspective:
Round 3: No. 75West Virginia OT Selvish Capers (6-5, 308)
Round 4: No. 109Oregon S T.J. Ward (5-11, 211)
Round 5: No. 141Syracuse WR Mike Williams (6-2, 204)
Round 6: No. 181Weber State CB Josh Morris (6-0, 186)
Round 7: No. 218Northern Iowa DE James Ruffin (6-4, 264)
How'd he do?: Schrager began strong and ended strong, as Capers might be able to start right away as a third rounder and Ruffin brings a lot of production to the table as a seventh rounder. As far as the three middle picks are concerned, Ward leans more toward strong safety than free safety, Williams probably wouldn't be a part of the rotation and Morris doesn't need to go that high. While Ward and Williams in particular both have a lot of upside, in terms of providing immediate help to a team that must get it on both sides of the ball, neither seems to be an ideal fit.
Still, Schrager deserves an A for effort, as I would have a tough enough time doing a seven-round mock draft for a single division, let alone the entire league.
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