Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

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A lot will change between now and the NFL draft (May 8th). The Bears will bring back some of their free agents, let some go, sign new ones, etc. Prospects will blow up the combine or their individual pro days and their projected draft slots could change dramatically in the next 3+ months. But as of today, Feb 1st, this would be my ideal draft for the Chicago Bears.

To determine which players would be available in each round I took the average draft slot for each player from the most respectable 7-round mock drafts I could find¹. Once I had the average draft slot, I used that to determine which players would be available when the Bears picked in each round. For example LB C.J. Mosley had an average draft spot of the 13th pick in round 1, so he wasn’t an option for the Bears at pick 14. For each pick I took the player I liked best that met a specific need for the Bears. What I consider needs and what Emery does are obviously going to differ, but this is how I hope things pan out.

For the purposes of this article, I am assuming that the Bears don’t make any trades, even though it was tempting to move them down to the end of the first round so they could add another pick or two and take Aaron Donald with their first pick. I didn’t do that, but I wouldn’t be upset if it happens in real life. Here goes:

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1st Round (14): DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida St (6’2, 298) - Defensive tackles that are good against the run and can pressure the QB are rare, but Jernigan has the potential to be one of those guys. The problem with Jernigan is consistency. He disappears for long stretches which might be a conditioning or motor issue, but in his defense Jernigan played very well when it counted most. In the national championship game he had 8 tackles and a sack. 8 tackles for a DT is ridiculous. Jernigan has good size, power, and surprising quickness for a big man. He’s a potential Pro Bowl DT if he can play hard consistently. If the Bears bring back Melton, the combo of Jernigan and Melton could turn the position from a weakness into a strength right away.

Other options: (Aaron Donald, Darqueze Dennard, Kony Ealy)

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Tags: Aaron Colvin Aaron Donald Aaron Lynch Chicago Bears Deone Bucannon Dri Archer Ethan Westbrooks Jimmy Ward Kelsey Quarles Mock Draft NFL Draft Shane Skov Timmy Jernigan

  • Wayne Davis

    Guess it all defense for the bears this year??

    • Mike Flannery

      The is one offensive player on there (Archer)! I could see the Bears taking an offensive lineman or maybe a WR or RB late, but the offense is in pretty good shape. The defense was a disaster and with so may free agents on the defensive side of the ball, the Bears have holes everywhere and don’t have any depth. I’d be surprised if the Bears use more then 1 or 2 of their picks on offense.

  • Hunter

    Mike, I have been preaching that trade down with the Niners to any Bear fan who will listen. That is how you accumulate quality depth and possible starters. Screw the search for special teamers. The Beloved needs to get some play-makers who are hungry to start and want to prove themselves on special teams. I wish Emery would take a hint from your mock – if only.

  • John Vassar

    One of the best mock drafts I’ve seen, but would have Buchannon second round. I like drafting Archer. Nice job. http://beardownnation.blogspot.ca/

    • Mike Flannery

      Thanks John! I’d be fine with Bucannon in round 2, but hoping he lasts to the 3rd round. Not a lot of 1st round safety talent this year, but 6-7 solid prospects prospects that should be available rounds 2-3 (Pryor, Reynolds, Bailey, Bucannon, Ward, Loston, Dixon) so I think the Bears can wait till round 3 for a safety. The MLB crop is much weaker so they would need to take one in round 2 to get a decent one (Skov, Borland, Smallwood).