With the NFL draft a little less than a month away, I thought it was about time I posted my position rankings. The Bears have far fewer holes than they did at the beginning of the off-season, so it’s feasible that they could really draft any position. You can see what positions I think they will target in my latest mock draft, but Emery has been very unpredictable in his short time running the Bears so your guess is probably as good as mine. Throughout the next month I will list my rankings at each position with some analysis of the players and occasional commentary on whether they would be a good fit for the Bears. If you think my rankings are way off or if I forgot anybody, let me know about it in the comments.
1.) Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA (6’4, 307): Su’a-Filo showed fluid mobility at the combine, has good strength and has very few flaws on tape. He’s already 23, so should be ready to play immediately. Draft projection: 1st-2nd round
2.) David Yankey, Stanford (6’6, 315): His speed was disappointing at the combine (5.48), but Yankey has great size, position versatility, intelligence and was a team captain at Stanford. Yankey should be able to contribute immediately wherever he ends up. Draft projection: 1st-2nd round
3.) Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St (6’3, 336): A massive interior lineman who is a mauler in the run game and has surprising agility for a man his size. Jackson needs some refinement in pass protection, but all the tools are there for him to be a pro bowl guard as long as he isn’t required to move much laterally. Draft projection: 2nd-3rd round
4.) Dakota Dozier, Furman (6’4, 313): With a little seasoning, Dozier should be able to start at either guard spot. He is an impressive athlete for his size and surprisingly light on his feet. Dozier dominated as a left tackle at Furman, but the obvious lack of competition is a concern as is no experience at the guard position. Dozier will need some coaching but his size and elite athleticism gives him more potential than almost any guard in the draft. Draft projection: 3rd-4th round
5.) Cyril Richardson, Baylor (6’5, 329): Was exposed a bit at the Senior Bowl as a phone booth blocker only. He really struggled when asked to move laterally, but has the strength, size, and athleticism to eventually become a force inside. Draft projection: 2nd-3rd round