Reader's Mock Draft: Chicago Bears are On the Clock

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April 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; General manager Phil Emery during a Chicago Bears press conference announcing their first-round selection of guard Kyle Long from Oregon University at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL draft will be here before we know it.  Now that Free Agency has settled down, team needs have come into focus.  That could mean only one thing – it’s time for another mock draft!  But rather than us sitting back and throwing darts at the wall, we thought we’d let you join in the fun.  We’ll roll through the draft order and give each team choices based on team needs and the best players available and you’ll vote on the picks for each team. On with the countdown…

14. Chicago Bears (8-8)

Ah, finally the Bears are up in our Reader’s Mock Draft.  We’ve trudged through the first 13 picks and carefully crafted the draft to make sure that the player(s) we want are available when the pick comes to us.  Kidding!

The Bears have been among the busiest teams in the league this offseason with some 30-some signings since the last week of the 2013 season, but the most important part of their offseason is arguably still in front of them – the draft.  Phil Emery vowed the Bears would get younger on defense and based on the re-signings and new free agent acquisitions, that hasn’t been the case.  This is the price of poker after years of questionable signings and poor draft day decisions from the past regime.

If Emery has shown us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected on draft day.  I can’t think of too many experts picking Shea McClellin and Kyle Long in mocks leading up to their respective drafts.  It’s been boom or bust with Emery so far on draft day.  For every Kyle Long and Alshon Jeffery, you have a Brandon Hardin, an Evan Rodriguez or Shea McClellin.

The Bears have done pretty well in the offseason, but there is still a lot of work left to be done.

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  • John Mack

    I vote other: Max Bullough – Michigan State (ILB). That is after trading down.

    • Eddie Currie

      Trading down, like into the 5th?

      • John Mack

        Remember Long had a late 2nd-3rd round grade on him. Bullough is a versatile LB and understands every position on the field. Next major ILB in the league!

  • metalhead65

    unless dix or dennard are not there the Bears must take a chance and take them. we have seen what settling for guys “just as good” in the later rounds has worked out for the bears now is the time to get the best if they are there. screw the “experts” and value over need. they said the same thing last year and long worked out pretty well for the bears. they NEED a safety or corner so for once just take the best one instead of settling.

  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    Clinton-Dix since Gilbert is gone.

  • Michael Curcio

    Even though I agree our safeties on the roster may not have one starter among them, I am still concerned about the interior of our D Line. Paeh, Collins and Ratliff is an under-whelming combination and I am still a major believer that you must start rebuilding in the trenches first.

    • Mike “Boomer” Burzawa

      I’m with you. Everyone says that the Bears don’t need DL help, but if you consider that none of the DT’s on their roster, except maybe Lamarr Houston if you consider him sliding inside, are the models of health. Paea had foot issues, Collins coming off ACL and Ratliff had a major hip/groin issue. We learned last year that you can’t have too many DT’s.

  • Eddie Currie

    Bears’ Draft:
    1. Aaron Donald, DT / C.J. Mosely, LB
    2. Deone Bucannon, S
    3. Bashaud Breeland, CB
    4. Caraun Reid, DT
    5. Dri Archer, WR/RB / Max Bullough, LB / George Uko, DT
    6. Tre Boston, S
    6. Ross Cockrell, CB

  • Wisdom Speaks

    The two best talents
    available to the Bears at #14 is C. J. Mosely and Darqueze Dennard, everybody
    else the Bears can find talent comparable to those players in lower rounds.
    The most over hyped player in this draft is Aaron Donald. Donald
    will be a liability in stopping the run at the NFL level; at 6’0 285 people are
    asking for trouble if they draft Donald’s in the first round. Actually, I
    think Donald is a luxury pick for a team stock with defensive line talent where
    he can be used primarily in pass rushing situations, he will not be an every
    down DT in NFL for 16 grueling games. These are my picks if I were
    drafting for the Bears:

    1st Round – DB Darqueze Dennard
    2nd Round – DT Kelcy Quarles S. Carolina
    3rd Round –SS Deone Buchcanon
    4th Round –QB Aaron Murray Georgia
    5th Round –DT Daquan Jones Penn State
    6th Round –LB Kyle Van Nor BYU
    6th Round – DT Jay Bromely Syracuse

    • Mike “Boomer” Burzawa

      Kind of surprised that CJ Mosley lasted this long. Might be hard to pass on arguably the top ILB if he’s sitting there.