2014 NFL Mock Draft: The Chicago Bears Select...

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Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt (7) during the game against the Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame defeated USC 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Here is what NFL Mocks has to say about the Bears and where they expect them to go in the draft:

16. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame

The Bears need to find a way to shore up the middle of their defense, and getting Tuitt would be a big step forward. The big defensive lineman has been clogging up holes for the Irish, and is projected to be a very effective player at the next level as well.

I sense a common theme that we’ll be seeing in these mock drafts.  Anyone who has watched the Bears’ pathetic defense, especially against the run, selecting a defensive tackle makes a lot of sense.  Tuitt is a beast – 6’6″ and 300 pounds.  He almost seems too tall for the interior D-line, where pad level is crucial.  If you’re looking at Notre Dame defensive tackles, I would take a long look at Louis Nix, who was still on the board when Mocks made their selection.

It’s also important to note that with former Pro Bowler Jeremiah (don’t call me Jay) Ratliff recently joining the Bears, he could be a building block along with an improving Stephen Paea and a below-market, something to prove Henry Melton to form the core rotation of the Bears defensive line, allowing them to shore up other areas, namely the secondary.

What do you think? Let’s see your thoughts on some prospects the Bears should be considering.


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  • Johnathan Wood

    I would love to see them grab Clinton-Dix, the safety from Alabama, if he is still there. DL is a major issue, but they should be able to make it at least competent in FA and have some young talent there that they simply don’t in the secondary.

    • Big Swede

      I’ve seen 3 other Mock Drafts recently with the Bears taking Clinton-Dix in one, Ra’shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota in another, and OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo in the third. Mack would round out the Bears Linebacker corps that could be a force for years to come. As the author notes above, if the D line retains Ratliff, Melton, Paea, and Collins, I think it would be more advisable to invest in some defensive backs.

      • Mike “Boomer” Burzawa

        Good insight. I don’t think it would be a stretch for the Bears to draft a DB either. With a lot of needs to fill, I don’t know if the Bears will be able to afford Melton and Collins. Besides, do you want to hinge another season on a couple of guys coming off ACL’s? If you can get them at a reduced price, maybe it’s a way to transition and bring some younger guys along. Wherever they choose, the Bears need to get a lot younger on defense.

    • Mike “Boomer” Burzawa

      I have seen Clinton-Dix come up a few times. I don’t know much about him, so I’ll have to do a little research on him. If you take a safety in the first round, he’d better be a Troy Polamalu or Earl Thomas type of difference maker. I agree the Bears need help at safety, but I also think that improving up front will help our safeties.

  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    Best Defensive player on the board. I can’t think of a position we don’t have a need , LOL