Mock Challenge: Schrager vs. Crist

Everybody and their mother does a mock draft, but few have the stones to do one for all seven rounds. Peter Schrager of FOX Sports gave it a shot. What do we think of his picks for the Chicago Bears?

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. 75

West Virginia OT Selvish Capers (6-5, 308)

Common wisdom suggests the Bears would rather have a guard than a tackle at the top of the draft, probably because left guard Frank Omiyale is now confirmed to be switching to right tackle, but Day-1 starters Mike Iupati of Idaho and Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts will be gone already. However, since Capers was a right tackle for left- and right-handed QBs in Morgantown, perhaps he can stick there and be a bookend opposite left tackle Chris Williams.

Make sense?: If Omiyale were to be staying put at guard, definitely.
Better choice: Mississippi OT John Jerry
Hope he falls: Illinois G Jon Asamoah

Round 4: No. 109

Oregon S T.J. Ward (5-11, 211)

According to my guy Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald, "the Bears have endured 40 lineup changes at the safety positions since Lovie Smith became head coach in 2004, and they're anxious to achieve some continuity there." Ward put together quite the highlight reel of big hits during his time with the Ducks, but since he looks like a classic strong safety at the next level, he may not be on Chicago's radar because free safety is a much higher priority for this defense.

Make sense?: Only if a veteran free safety is signed after the draft.
Better choice: Florida S Major Wright
Hope he falls: Vanderbilt CB Myron Lewis

Round 5: No. 141

Syracuse WR Mike Williams (6-2, 204)

While Devin Hester may be the only household name among Cutler's receivers, Earl Bennett quietly had a solid second year, Devin Aromashodu flashed primary-weapon ability down the stretch and rookie Johnny Knox ended up participating in the Pro Bowl as a return specialist. Williams has the size, strength and speed to be a player one day, but his off-the-field issues are numerous and Chicago appears to be content with its current crop of wideouts.

Make sense?: Not really, and the name "Mike Williams" doesn't help.
Better choice: UAB WR Joe Webb
Hope he falls: Virginia Tech OT Ed Wang

Round 6: No. 181

Weber State CB Josh Morris (6-0, 186)

Even though Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman are locked in at the left and right cornerback positions, respectively, depth is an issue and nobody knows who is going to get the call at nickel back. General manager Jerry Angelo has never been afraid of taking prospects from schools below Division I, and Morris was an FCS First-Team All-American, but he is a reach in Round 6 and can most likely be acquired as an undrafted free agent if the Bears like him.

Make sense?: Don't use a pick on him, but sign him after the draft.
Better choice: Kentucky CB Trevard Lindley
Hope he falls: Nebraska S Larry Asante

Round 7: No. 218

Northern Iowa DE James Ruffin (6-4, 264)

The Midway Monsters landed the No. 1 player on the free agent market this offseason in pass rusher Julius Peppers, although it remains to be seen who will emerge at the other defensive end position since both Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye were shown the door. Another draftee from the FCS level, Ruffin was that classification's Defensive Player of the Year two times and seems like a younger Brown with his all-around game and every-down effort.

Make sense?: Sure, the Bears could use a developmental left end.
Better choice: North Carolina DE E.J. Wilson
Hope he falls: Virginia DT Nate Collins

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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John Crist is the Publisher of BearReport.com, a Heisman Trophy voter 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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