Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

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2nd Round (51): MLB Shayne Skov, Stanford (6’3, 244) – Skov plays with a ferocity and toughness that was lacking on the Bears defense last season. The Bears defense used to inspire fear in opponents, but last year opposing teams couldn’t wait to play against the Bears. When guys like Bennie Cunningham and Brandon Jacobs are looking like Jim Brown, then something is seriously wrong.

Drafting Skov would be a good start in bringing teeth back to the Bears defense. Skov was the emotional leader of a very tough Stanford defense. His pregame speeches are legendary for inspiring teammates, but more importantly his on the field play set the tone for Stanford’s fierce, hard-hitting defense. Skov is a sure tackler who can lay the lumber on opposing running backs or receivers crossing the middle. His blitzing instincts are so good that he is in the backfield so quick it looks like he is off-sides (0:47-1:02 of highlight reel). Skov has barely enough speed for MLB in a 4-3, but makes up for it with great overall instincts. His man coverage needs work, but Skov plays very well in zone coverage. If the Bears are ever going to be a feared defense again they need players who play the game with an edge, and a throw-back MLB like Skov is exactly that.

Other options: (CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB Kyle Fuller, MLB Chris Borland, S LaMarcus Joyner, S Dion Bailey)

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  • 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).