Sep 3, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman DJ Fluker (76) warms up prior to the game against the Kent State Flashes at Bryant Denny Stadium. The Tide defeated the Flashes 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

2013 Mock Draft: The Chicago Bears Select…


Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Shea McClellin (Boise State) as the number nineteen overall pick to the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Just like going to a store and seeing Christmas decorations in mid-October, mock draft season is starting earlier and earlier every year.  I guess I get it; for quite a few teams, their season is essentially over, so all their bloggers and fans have to do is watch the rest of the teams in the league with a shot at the playoffs and dream of transforming their team for next season.

FanSided has released their first mock draft for the 2013 season and they’ve made a selection for the Chicago Bears.  At this point, it’s unclear where the Bears will pick, but based on where they are today, they’d be drafting out of the 26th spot in the first round.  So with the 26th pick in the 2013 draft, the Chicago Bears select…

DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

Here’s what FanSided mock draft expert Josh Hill said about the Bears selection:

The Bears need help on the offensive line, as it might be the reason they don’t win a Super Bowl this year. When Jay Cutler gets protection, he’s great and Matt Forte can run the ball. When there’s no protection, people get hurt and the Bears are experiencing that right now with a thin and terrible line.

I completely agree with the idea that the Bears would select a offensive lineman in the first round, but the massive 6’7″ 350 pound Fluker is projected as a right tackle.  I know that Gabe Carimi has fallen on hard times this season, but I’m not willing to give up on him just yet.  I’d like to see what the former first rounder can do with a full offseason.  He hasn’t had one since he’s come out of school.  The first year he came out was the lockout and then he missed his offseason program last year while rehabbing his knee.

Drafting an offensive lineman at the bottom of the first round is far from a sure-fire thing.  Fluker is well regarded and has a late first round grade, so it seems like a reasonable pick but I’d rather find a left tackle prospect to take J’Marcus Webb’s spot.  Here’s some tape on Fluker vs Michigan earlier this season:

 

So what do you think?  Do you agree with the pick?  Who are you targeting for a first-round pick?  Should the Bears be looking for an O-lineman or another position?

Check out the entire FanSided Mock Draft right here.

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  • B. Lebl

    So, sure Fluker is not a bad choice, however assuming Joeckel, Lewan & Warmack are gone, Barrett Jones, J. Cooper, Eric Fisher or even Oday Aboushi would be preferable for the reasons you outline. Oh by the by, then go after Ertz or Fauria in the 2nd; assuming Eifert is gone.

  • John Mack

    I would love to see Jake Matthews still on the board when we select, probably won’t happen though. Bloodlines, bloodlines, bloodlines! That way we can officially end the J’Webb Nation experiment and for shits and giggles can the Kellen Davis Project as well. I agree with B. on Barrett Jones as an option,

    *Maybe my eyes weren’t watching the Fluker clip too well, but his pass protection in the above previewed game was not noteworthy.*

    I feel like Emery’s going to throw us another curve ball and select an ILB with the 1st pick.

  • John Mack

    Is it worth taking a look at Tyrann Mathieu who will be entering the draft? Could this be Tillman’s heir apparent? Due to off the field issues he may not be a very attractive prospect, but his skill set and athleticism will work ideally in the Cover-2. And as we’re seeing our age on Defense athleticism is crucial!

    To me this brings up an interesting conundrum. When next season rolls around (depending on drafting and free agency obviously) where will Brandon Hardin fall? He’s 6’3 217lbs according to the Bears website and will undoubtedly bulk up some in the offseason. Since he was a corner the Bears had planned to convert, will we draft for the safety position yet again or could Hardin get some nickel packages like Moore and Hayden?