Kiper and McShay Mock Drafts 2.0 - Chicago Bears Picks

There are about a billion mock drafts out there but none are more closely reviewed, scrutinized and evaluated more than those of  ESPN’s two draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.  They recently released their Mock Drafts 2.0 and each made some interesting picks for the Bears.

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Mel Kiper’s Mock 2.0 goes with an obvious need for the Bears, the offensive line:

D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

A fourth-year junior, Fluker was allowed to participate at the Senior Bowl, and he took advantage. He has great size, and has extremely long arms he can use to move and frustrate pass-rushers. It’s possible he was overlooked a little during the season because the level of play along the Bama offensive line was so good. I think when Marc Trestman starts rolling the tape on the Bears, he’s going to see that the offensive line simply has to see a talent infusion. Fluker could be the best one the Bears have by the end of his rookie year.

I really like this selection for the Bears, especially since he has the top tackles including Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson off the board.   Fluker may be able to play left tackle, but he’d certainly address the right tackle spot with his massive size.

Here’s McShay’s Mock 2.0, where he goes in another direction, addressing the imminent Brian Urlacher departure:

Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

Left tackle is the Bears’ biggest need, but they cannot afford to miss at that position again after whiffing on the likes of Gabe Carimi and Chris Williams. Any tackle still on the board would be a reach here, and if Chicago elects to let 35-year old MLB Brian Urlacher walk in free agency, Te’o would be an interesting replacement with his three-down ability.

I already panned the idea of this pick and it was way BEFORE the whole fake girlfriend scandal broke.  Te’o looked overmatched against Alabama in the National Championship game going against one of the top offensive lines in the country.  You can argue that Te’o was distracted, knowing that the storm was coming, but I just don’t think he’ll be that good of a pro.  I feel like a lot of his interceptions were “right place at the right time” off tipped balls.

What do you think?  Do you like either of these picks?  Which direction would you like to see the Bears go?

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  • Tim Hyde

    Someone should tell Mc Shay that Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith aren’t with the Bears anymore!

    • BearGogglesOn

      Amen to that! I will say that if Lovie were still running the team, I could see a way that Te’o would work. Lovie provided a good environment and a locker room that was conducive to supporting someone like Te’o. I think with so many changes and the big unknown about Trestman, Te’o would be too risky.

  • Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter

    As a Bears fan, I’d much rather see them taking D.J. Fluker, who could fill in for 3 different positions on this OL, rather than Te’o, who is not as good of a LB prospect as some may think. Plus, with Brian Urlacher potentially coming back to the Bears this season, there won’t be as big of a need at MLB.

    • BearGogglesOn

      I agree on drafting an O-lineman instead of Te’o but regardless of whether or not Urlacher comes back, the Bears need to draft a linebacker. They can’t go into another season counting on Urlacher alone. They need to draft his successor.

  • Gary

    Te’o….haha I guess keeping him close to South Bend….is a good idea…
    but it is just very difficult for me to see him play in the NFL…distracted or not..
    he made 3 tackles in championship game…..distracted or not….he was gonna have his hat handed to him……he’s slow, not very big, and NFL guards and tackles and tight ends…..are all as fast if not faster……I just can’t understand what these folks are thinking…